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Join us for Christmas in Sudbury 2023

From our joyous Christmas Light Switch on event and display, our town centre Christmas Window display trail, Dickensian Christmas tour, the return of the Christmas Tree Festival in Sudbury Arts Centre, new Indie business shopping tours, late opening events and more... 

Get in the festive spirit in Sudbury this year! Take a look at what we have on...

Sudbury Christmas Window Display Trail & Competition 2023

Every Festive season we celebrate the creativity of Sudbury's high street businesses with a Christmas Window display trail and competition. Support local this Christmas and enjoy the festive displays created by Sudbury's town centre businesses!

Last year over 70 businesses took part this year, and we received 1055 public votes for the People’s Choice Award.


Public voting opens on Friday 24th November and closes on Tuesday 19th December. When you vote you'll be given the opportunity to enter our prize draw to win our bumper Sudbury Love Local Hamper worth over £250!

Take a look at our trail map below for all participating businesses.

​The Sudbury Christmas Window Display Competition is organised in partnership by: Sudbury Town Council and the bestof Sudbury with support from The Suffolk Free Press.

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Sudbury Christmas Window Display Trail 2023 Map & Voting form

Explore Sudbury's wonderful town centre to discover a rich mix of independent businesses and their incredible Christmas window displays! Sudbury's businesses have put on an incredible show this year from immersive storytelling, tongue in cheek commentary, love local messages, and classic Christmas magic.


Explore, enjoy and love local! Vote for your favourite and second place displays below:

The Sudbury Rotary Club presents
The Sudbury Christmas Tree Festival 2023

6th - 10th December 2023 10am - 4pm
(until 3pm on 10th December)
Sudbury Arts Centre, Market Hill, CO10 2EA

IT’S BACK! Sudbury Arts Centre (St. Peter's) will be hosting  the famous Sudbury Christmas Tree Festival again for Sudbury Rotary Club!

This spectacular festival was one of the first of its kind and provides a sparkling showcase for local organisations, charities, businesses, schools or individual memory trees - each creator putting their very individual stamp on their tree!

Funds raised from the small entrance fee and tree bookings are returned back to the local community in grants to fantastic local causes.

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Sudbury Memory Tree in aid of
St Nicholas Hospice

Sudbury Town Council and St Nicholas Hospice Care invite you to remember someone special this Christmas by acquiring a decoration and dedicating it to a loved one no longer with us.

Decorations are displayed on the Sudbury Memory Tree taking pride of place in Sudbury's Old Market Place. 

In return we ask you for a minimum donation of £5 the incredible work of St Nicholas Hospice Care. Your decoration will be displayed on the tree over the Christmas period as a loving tribute to someone you have lost while raising vital funds for this charity providing holistic end of life care. Closing date 15th December 2023


Thank you to everyone who donated with a Memory Tree decoration in 2022, raising over £850 for St. Nicholas Hospice.

Sudbury Market this Christmas & New Year

Love your local market this Christmas! 

Sudbury Market is a great place to pick up your quality, fresh produce, gifts, Christmas trees and wreaths and everything in between. We're trading in the run up to and throughout the Christmas period.

Our Sudbury Market Christmas trading dates below: 

Thursday 21 December, Saturday 23 December, Sunday 24 December (Christmas Eve mini market, earlier hours: 07:00 - 13:30), Thursday 28 December, Saturday 30 December

There will be no market on Thursday 4 January, first market of 2024 will be: Saturday 6 January.

Meet our regular traders here.

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Sudbury Town Council Christmas Opening

Sudbury Town Council Officers and Councillors would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

Sudbury Town Council Offices, Community Warden services and Information Desk will be closed from:

4pm on 22nd December 2023 - 1st January 2024. 

We'll be back open in the New Year as normal from Tuesday 2nd January.


Committee Meeting dates in 2024 can be found here.

To report Street Cleansing issues during the Festive break, please use Babergh's reporting tool here or call their Customer Services line: 0300 1234 000.

Highways issues should be reported to Suffolk Highways here.

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Sudbury Christmas Light Switch on & Fair

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Christmas Light Switch on & Fair held on 24th November. We had a fantastic time and was the best way to kick off our festive celebrations in Sudbury. Thousands joined us in the town centre as we flicked the switch!

The Christmas Light Display stays up until the new year, the perfect backdrop for your Christmas shopping and festive celebrations in town! 

Photos: Sue Longhurst and Matt Byham of our 2023 Light Switch on event.