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In view of national guidance and advice, a number of events scheduled to take place across Colchester Borough Council venues have been deferred, rescheduled or cancelled. Further information can be found below including specific ticketing information for individual events.

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4th December 2019 all-day
Charter Hall
Cowdray Ave
Colchester CO1 1YH

What better way to celebrate Christmas than with author Rod Campbell’s festive story DEAR SANTA. 

From the author of the popular children’s book Dear Zoo, DEAR SANTA is the perfect Christmas treat for the under 7’s.   Packed with Christmas songs and lots of audience participation there is also the chance to meet and receive an exclusive Christmas gift from Santa himself!

DEAR SANTA, tells the story of Santa’s determination to deliver the most fantastic Christmas present to Sarah.   But things don’t go well, and he doesn’t get it right straight away! With the help of his cheeky Elf, he finally settles on something ‘perfect’, just in time for Christmas Eve.

Rod Campbell’s DEAR SANTA is the perfect introduction to theatre for those aged 2 to 7 years old and is sure to be one Christmas present children and parents alike will never forget.  

Plus, the opportunity to meet Santa himself and after the show!

Christmas entertainment for under 7’s
 ‘Magical family treat and a joy to watch.’ Mumsnet
‘Had my 4-year-old captivated from start to finish!’ Time for Tots


Wednesday 4 Dec- Show 1 

  • Doors:
  • Show Start:
  • Running Time: 55 mins (no interval)
  • Meet and greet:

Wednesday 4 Dec – Show 2

  • Doors:
  • Show start:
  • Running Time: 55 mins (no interval)
  • Meet and greet: –


Don’t forget to purchase your £2 parking ticket in advance to avoid paying full price on the day. When you purchase event tickets, you will be able to purchase a parking ticket at the same time.

If you didn’t purchase a parking ticket, don’t worry as you can still buy one on the day from the Pay & Display machines or through MiPermit.

*Please be aware parking is not guaranteed*


  • Adult – £13.50 plus £2 booking fee 
  • Child – £13.50 plus £2 booking fee 
  • Family: x4 tickets (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children) £53 plus £2 booking fee  * FOR OFFER TO APPLY – Choose seats, then from the drop down choose adult or child tickets*. 
  • Group tickets: Buy 10 tickets, get the 11th free – plus £2 booking fee 
  • Babes in Arms policy: 0-18 months do not need a ticket and can sit on the parents laps
  • School bookings to be made over the phone only – 01206 573948
  • Meet and greet with Santa, Elf and Sarah – FREE 

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