Perfect Christmas

The Perfect Christmas
Celebrate in style and make sure this year your family has The Perfect Christmas with our festive guide. Christmas light switch-ons are a great way of kick-starting the festive celebrations and supporting your local high street, and here we have details of forthcoming events to pop into your diary. You can also browse our galleries and send us your own images via iwitness, spreading the festive cheer a little further this year.

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Gallery: Thousands of people captivated by Bury St Edmunds passion play

Bury St Edmunds was transformed from the 21st Century to the 1st Century this morning as vast crowds were left captivated by a vivid re-enactment of Jesus’s crucifixion.

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Christmas Fairs & Events

    Tuesday, December 4 to Saturday, January 5

  • Ipswich
    Little Angel Theatre presents The Magician's Daughter, Christmas studio show for ages 3+. For more information and booking, The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich.
  • Saturday, December 15 to Saturday, December 22

  • Long Melford
    Dickensian Christmas at Kentwell Hall. Be sure not to miss the Magical Dickensian Christmas where Kentwell is transported back to the Victorian era.

Christmas Church Services

  • All Hallows, Landseer Road, Ipswich
    December 23 - Crib Service 4pm, Midnight Mass 11.30pm
    Christmas Day - Parish Eucharist 9.30am
    December 30 - Christingle (please bring an orange) 4pm
  • St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds
    December 23 - A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 6pm
    Christmas Eve - Crib Service 4pm, Midnight Eucharist 11.30pm
    Christmas Day - Festal Eucharist (Celebrant and Preacher: The Bishop) 10am
    January 6 - Solemn Evensong (for the Feast of the Epiphany) 3.30pm
    January 13 - Messiaen's La Nativité du Seigneur (James Thomas organ) 5pm
  • Stowmarket Baptist Church, Bury Street, Stowmarket
    December 23 - Family Carol Service 6.30m
    Christmas Day - Service for all the family 10.30am
  • Unitarian Meeting House, Friars Street, Ipswich
    December 22 - Service of carols and readings by candlelight 6pm
    December 23 - Service on "Birth and rebirth" 10.45am
    Christmas Day - Celebratory Service 10.45am
  • St Mary's Parish Church, Market Hill, Woodbridge
    December 23 - Carol Service 6.30pm
    Christmas Eve - Crib Service (a service for families and small children) 5.30pm, Blessing of the Crib and Midnight Mass
    Christmas Day - Holy Communion 8am, Parich Eucharist 10am
  • St Mary's Catholic Parish, St Mary's Church, St Mary's Road, Ipswich
    Christmas Eve - Children's Christmas Mass 5pm, Polish Mass 8pm and 10pm, Midnight Mass 11.30pm
    Christmas Day - Mass 9am, Mass 10.30am, Polish Mass 12pm
  • St Mary's Catholic Parish, Church of the Holy Family & St. Michael, Main Road, Kesgrave
    Christmas Eve - Midnight Mass 11.30pm
    Christmas Day - Mass 9.15pm
  • Rushmere Baptist Church
    December 23 - Morning Worship with Communion 10.45am, Christingle Carol Service (followed by Tea) 4pm
    Christmas Eve - Village Carols by the Chestnut Pond (followed by mince pies and hot drinks) 6pm
    Christmas Day - Family Worship 10.45am
  • The Methodist Church, Alan Road, Ipswich
    December 23 - Family Communion Service 10.45am, Carol Service 6pm
    Christmas Eve - Communion Service 11.30pm
    Christmas Day - Service 11am
    All led by Rev Bev Barclay
  • The Methodist Church, Bramford Road, Ipswich
    December 23 - *All age worship 11am, *Carol Service 4.30pm
    Christmas Eve - *Communion Service 11.30pm
    Christmas Day - *Celebrations 10am
    *Led by Rev Kathy Flynn
  • The Methodist Church, Chantry, Ipswich
    December 23 - Carol Service, led by Rev Kathy Flynn 3pm
    Christmas Day - Family Service 10am
  • The Methodist Church, Landseer Road, Ipswich
    December 23 - Service (led by Mr Bryan Nichols) 11am
    Christmas Eve and Christmas Day - Invited to Alan Road to join the celebrations
  • The Methodist Church, Museum Street, Ipswich
    December 23 - Christmas Celebration 10.45am, Carol Service 4pm
    Christmas Eve - Communion service 11.30pm
    Christmas Day - Service 10.30am
    All led by Rev Alan Taylor
  • St Johns United Reformed Church, Cowper Street, Ipswich
    December 23 - ‡Worship for all 10.45am
    Christmas Eve - ‡Midnight Communion 11.30pm
    Christmas Day - *Family Service
    December 30 - Worship for all (led by Mr William Glasse)
    *Led by Rev Ivor Smith, ‡Led by Mr Peter Dawson
  • Ashcroft Christian Fellowship, Ashcroft Road, Ipswich
    December 23 - Family Carol Service 4.30pm
  • All Saints Church, Wetheringsett-cum-Brockford
    December 23 - Holy Communion 11am
    Christmas Day - Family Communion 10.30am
  • St Mary at the Elms, Elm Street, Ipswich
    December 20 - Lunchtime Carol Service (with traditional reading and carols followed by mince pies) 12.30pm
    Christmas Eve - Christingle Service 4pm, Midnight Mass (with blessing of the crib) 11.30pm
    Christmas Day - Solemn Mass 10.30am
  • St Augustine's, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich
    Christmas Eve - Crib Service 4pm, Midnight Communion 11.30pm
    Christmas Day - Holy Communion 8am, Family Service 10.30am
  • Christ Church (Baptist & United Reformed), Tacket Street, Ipswich
    December 23 - Family Service (The importance of the insignificant) 10.45am
    Christmas Eve - A Service of Anticipation (an alternative way of welcoming Christmas) 11.30pm
    Christmas Day - Christmas Family Worship (a shorter service with families in mind) 10.45am
  • Burlington Baptist Church, London Road, Ipswich
    December 23 - Christmas Family Service (An Unexpected Bed) 10.45am, Carols by Candlelight (Unexpected Visitors, with signing for the hearing impaired, family orchestra, coffee & mince pies) 6.30pm
    Christmas Day - All age Christmas Worship (An Unexpected Name) 10am
  • Hatfield Road Congregational Church
    Christmas Day - Morning Worship 10am
    December 30 - Morning Worship 10.30am
    All led by Rev Jenny Haggar
  • St Mary-le-Tower, Tower Street, Ipswich
    December 23 - Family Communion with Children's Crib liturgy 10.30am
    Christmas Eve - Traditional Christmas Carols with the choirs of St Mary's (attended by the Mayor of Ipswich and the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich) 7pm
    Christmas Day - Christmas Communion (BCP) 8am, Christmas Family Communion 10.30am
  • The Salvation Army, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich
    December 23 - Majors Doug & Carol Back 10.30am, Carols for all with special guests, musical sections & children's nativity 5.30pm
    Christmas Day - Christmas morning service 10.30am
  • The Salvation Army, Bramford Road, Ipswich
    December 20-22 - Christmas Tree Festival, phone 01473 464184 for viewing times
    December 23 - Lts John & Elizabeth Tubby 11.00, Carol service with children's nativity 6pm
    Christmas Day - Christmas morning service 10.30am
  • St Andrew's Church, Britannia Road, Ipswich
    Christmas Eve - Crib and Christingle Service 6pm
    Christmas Day - Holy Communion 9.30am, Family Service 10.30am
  • St Clement's Congregational Church, Back Hamlet, Ipswich
    December 23 - Advent Service with Rev Keith Busby 10.45am
    December 30 - End of 2012 Worship Service, led by Rev Gillian Lester-Brown 10.45am
  • Rushmere Christian Fellowship, St Alban's School, Digby Road
    December 23 - Carol Service - "The Gift" (children very welcome) 6.30pm
    Christmas Day - Christmas Day Service 10.30am
  • Rushmere Christian Fellowship, Tower Hall, Broadlands Way
    Christmas Eve - Family Carol Service 4pm
  • All Saints Church, Wetheringsett cum Brockford
    December 23 - Holy Communion 11am
    Christmas Day - Family Communion 10.30am