What’s On In December – Felixstowe And District

And so we come to that favorite time of year – well for some anyway! Whatever you feel about Xmas itself there’s a lot going on in December to chase away those winter blues.

On Thursday 1st at St. John’s Church at 7.30pm is the Felixstowe Mayor’s Charity Christmas Concert in aid of the Mayor’s charities – Level Two Youth Project and Guide Dogs.

Featuring music from Felixstowe International Students, Something Different Brass Quartet, Tutti Frutti Voices, The Felix Stowaways and ‘Rising Sun’ folk duo. With seasonal refreshments and raffle during the interval.

Tickets: Adults £10.00, children £5.00. Pre-booking essential. Available from Lorna on 01394 288193, Wendy on 01394 272521 or Penny on 01394 275073.

From Friday 2nd to Saturday 11th at Snape Maltings the Co-op Juniors present The Snow Queen – a breathtaking Christmas Spectacular inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale

A magical story set in a winter wonderland, it’s a feast for the senses with vibrant music and dance on a spectacular new stage set. Journey with Kai, Gerda and a fantastical snow creature to the palace of The Snow Queen! Their epic adventure is full of surprises: meet the frost trolls, ice bandits and the warm-hearted villagers in a musical celebration of Christmas, love and friendship suitable for the whole family.

Fri 2 Dec 4pm, Sat & Sun 3 & 4, 10 & 11 Dec 12pm & 4pm Wed 7 Dec 7.30pm, Fri 9 Dec 4pm & 7.30pm

Tickets from £14 to £32 – 01728 687110

On Saturday 3rd at St. Andrew’s Church at 6.30pm is St. Elizabeth Hospice – Light Up a Life

Remember and celebrate your loved ones at this poignant time of year.

Carols, readings, music and a display of your personalised Special Memories Cards. Special guests, the Felixstowe Community Choir.

The service is open to everyone. Admission free.

On Saturday 3rd December 7pm, Sunday 4th December 3pm, Friday 9th December 7pm, Saturday 10th December 7pm, Sunday 11th December 7pm at The Spa Pavillion is the Everlasting Light Christmas Concerts by local schools

Everlasting Light is a show of festive music new and old, woven together with a fun retelling of the Christmas story. Each show features children from different local primary schools – with around 200 youngsters on stage every evening. Details of which school is performing are on the event details page on the Spa website. Along with the children will be a live ten-piece band with soloists, dancers, videos & seasonal sketches for a great live musical experience.

The concert is raising money for water and sanitation projects in south west Uganda through the charity Tearfund and The Everlasting Light CD & DVD featuring all of the children will be on sale at each concert.

Please note each school is performing at only one of the concerts – so if you are coming to see family or friends on stage, please make sure you book the correct show!

The Box Office has full details of which show each school is performing – information also available on the everlasting light web site: everlastinglight.org.uk

Tickets Adults £12, Children £8
On Sunday 4th in St. Felix Church  at 3pm Music in Felixstowe present  ‘The Seckford Ensemble’

Music to put you in the Christmas spirit!

John Jermy and Ian Abbott (trumpets), Kay Dawson (French horn), Dave Cole (trombone) and Geoff Webb (tuba). Also featuring the Felixstowe Children’s Choir.

Adults £12.00, children free. Tickets available from Stillwater Books Limited (Hamilton Road) or on 01394 670633

Also on Sunday 4th Jazz East at The Alex  present  Nigel Price (guitar), with Chris Ingham (piano), Rob Palmer (double bass) and George Double (drums).

On Tuesday 6th Trinity Methodist Church  at 7.30pm there is a Christmas Concert by Orwell Connection Choir

An evening of songs and carols, together with seasonal readings by Janet Dann. Conductor Ed Gerrie.

Refreshments available. Admission free. Donations towards Cancer Research UK.

On Friday 9th at 7pm at Felixstowe Library, Suffolk Libraries Presents: New York City Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Doors open at 6.30pm, film starts at 7pm. Tickets £7.50. Pre-booking essential. 01394 694880.

On Saturday 10th at Trinity Methodist Church  7.30pm The Dorian Singers present A Seasonal Concert

J.S. Bach Violin and Oboe concerto BWV 1060. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV140. John Rutter Magnificent.

Mary Odam, soprano; Michael Dolan, violin; Kim Hann, oboe. Conductor Alan Loader.

Tickets £10.00, including refreshments available from The Card Centre in Hamilton Road, or on the door on the night.

In aid of The John Le Vay Cancer Information Centre, The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust.

On Sunday 11th  there is a ‘Christmas at Landguard Fort’ event from 12noon – 6pm.

A new timed ticket system for a visit to Father Christmas in his grotto has been introduced for 2016, and with NO tickets on the door for this part of the event, visitors are asked to book in advance.

Children will also be able to meet the Ice Queen and ‘Olaf’, take part in the fun Quiz Trail, get their face-painted, enjoy storytelling and join in the Beach Bonkers wildlife activities. A giant Christmas tree and snow machines will add to the atmosphere – plus get a picture on Santa’s sleigh with Rudolph!

Around the Fort, visitors can discover a special seasonal room from Felixstowe Museum, alongside the local Guide Dogs group and Felixstowe Country Market. The upstairs casemates will come alive with colourful craft and gift stalls to browse for great handmade and unique Christmas presents. Feeling peckish? Then the Lions Club of Felixstowe will be serving up their BBQ, plus delicious Indian dishes from Bombay Nite too.

Live music and choirs throughout the afternoon include Felixstowe Community Choir, The Felix Stowaways, Felixstowe Salvation Army Band, Tutti Frutti Voices and the Martlesham Brass Band.

Entry is £5.00 for adults and £3.00 (without a visit to Father Christmas) for children. Admission for children, including a visit to Father Christmas is £6.00 – but you must book a timed ticket online in advance for this, as there will be NO tickets on the door for this part of the event.

Book tickets online now at www.landguard.com or www.discoverlandguard.org.uk

Also on Sunday 11th Jazz East at The Alex presents  Josephine Davies (saxophone) and Kate Williams (piano), with Rob Palmer (double bass) and George Double (drums).

On Tuesday 13th at St. Martin’s Church 7.30pm there is a Christmas Concert by Orwell Connection Choir

An evening of songs and carols, together with seasonal readings by Janet Dann. Conductor Ed Gerrie.

Refreshments available. Admission free. Donations towards St. Martin’s Church.

On Wednesday 14th at the Conservative Club 7.30pm is the  Variations Choir Christmas Concert

Christmas songs, carols and readings with the Variations Choir. Bar available. In aid of the RNLI.

Tickets Available from J. & C. Webb in Orwell Road, or on 01394 276478.

From Thursday 15th – Saturday 7th Jan at The Spa Pavilion Dennis Lowe Theatre Company present – Jack and the Beanstalk

Follow Jack and his family as they try to make ends meet in this fabulous new production of one of our best loved fairy tales. Great pantomime humour is blended with some new twists and a highly talented cast to make this a show to remember.

Performances each day at at 2pm (1pm on 15 December, 7pm on 30 December and 6 January).

Adults £17.50-£19.50. Concessions £11.50-£13.50. Family (two adults and two children) £50.00-£58.00. Box Office: 01394 284962.

From Wednesday 14th – Saturday  17th Stage Door Theatre Company present  Miracle on 34th Street at Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge at 7.30pm with a  Saturday matinee at  2.30pm  Tickets £15/£10 from the New Wolsey Box Office 01473 295900

Miracle on 34th Street is based on the 1947 American Christmas fantasy film remade in 1994 with Richard Attenborough in the starring role

Cole’s Department Store’s special events director Dorey Walker fires Tony Falacchi from being the Cole’s Department Store’s Santa Claus after he gets drunk  before taking part in the Thanksgiving parade. Immediately trying to find a replacement, she spots an elderly man who was berating the inebriated Santa before the parade. When Dorey begs him to take over, he introduces himself as Kris Kringle. Kris does so well during the parade that he is immediately hired to be Cole’s main Santa for the holiday period. All the children in New York begin to believe that he is the real Santa.

On Friday 16th at 7.30pm The Spa Pavilion presents The Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza starring the Osmonds

With special guests: ventriloquist – Steve Hewlett (Britain’s Got Talent), singer Charlie Green (Britain’s Got Talent) and The Moon River Singers and Dancers.

The Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza, is an American tradition that started in the 60’s and is loved around the world. This award-winning variety production featuring nostalgic footage of the legendary Andy Williams from Christmases past. Sing along to your favourite Christmas Classics including “Silent Night”, “Last Christmas”, “Merry Christmas Everybody” and “Sleighride”. The Osmonds will also perform their mega hits made famous during more than five decades of entertaining around the world including “Love Me for a Reason”, “Crazy Horses”, “Down By The Lazy River”, “Goin Home”, “Let Me In”, “The Proud One” and more.

All tickets £36.50, plus a limited number of VIP ‘Meet and Greet’ opportunities at £150.00 which will include a goodie bag of exclusive items for this tour as well a chance to meet the stars of the show before the performance.

Box Office: 01394 284962.

On Sunday 18th Jazz East at The Alex presents Braziliance, with Gione Antony (guitar and vocals), Myke Clifford (saxophone), Rob Palmer (bass) and Gary Leach (drums/percussion).

On Wednesday 21st  at 11am and 1.30pm the Spa Pavilion presents the children’s show Santa Saves Christmas

Who can save the magic of Christmas? Fairy Flossy’s wand has stopped working, Cinderella’s glass slipper is broken and what has happened to the magic in Aladdin’s lamp? It looks as though Christmas might have to be cancelled…

Join Fairy Flossy and Pompom the Penguin as they meet Father Christmas himself at his home in the North Pole and help Santa Save Christmas! Plus every child will receive a present from Father Christmas in our special meet, greet and treat.

Songs include festive favourites The Twelve Days Of Christmas, Jingle Bells, When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney, We Wish You A Merry Christmas and many more! Santa Saves Christmas is a festive, interactive, song-filled show family show particularly suitable for 2-7 year olds.  All tickets £12.00.

On Thursday 22nd from 2pm – 4pm at The Orwell Hotel Ipswich Over 50’s Brass Band present their Charity Christmas Concert

Traditional carols and festive favourites. Mince pies and drinks included.

£5.00 per person. £1.00 of each entry fee will be split between EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices) and St. Elizabeth Hospice. 01394 278778.

On Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th at St. Mary’s Church Hall   4pm and 7.30pm Common Ground Theatre Company present The Phantom Bantam of the Opera – A new production from Pat Whymark and Julian Harries.

The Paris Opera 1895. Young soprano Christine and her childhood sweetheart Raoul are made for each other, but the mysterious Phantom that haunts the opera house is madly in love with her too. Deep in the cavernous bowels of the building he is hatching an evil plot. But meanwhile, “as cluck would have it”, something else is hatching in his eggsistential nest. Join us as we ruffle the feathers of this classic yarn… and be prepared for a chicke-y twist in the tale!

Tickets £12.00, under 21’s £7.00. Pre-booking essential. Box Office: 07807 341364.

On Wednesday 28th at The Orwell Hotel 11.30am Music in Felixstowe – Wednesday Lunchtime Series: present “Stringfillies”

European Folk Music with Xenia Horne (harp), Emily Bennett (violin) and Hattie Bennett (cello).

Admission £10.00. Advance booking recommended.

Tickets available from Stillwater Books Limited (Hamilton Road) or on 01394 670633

And to bring in the New Year, Music in Felixstowe present their popular New Year’s Day Concert in the Orwell Hotel at 3pm

Celebrate the New Year with the music of Strauss. Played by The Festival Orchestra, with leader Nicholas Ward.

Adults £16.00, children free. Pre-booking recommended.

Tickets available from Stillwater Books Limited (Hamilton Road) or on 01394 670633



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