There are so many fantastic Christmas Garden Centres in Essex. Whether you are looking for the perfect Christmas decorations for your tree, to simply browse for some Christmas decor inspiration or to snap a few special Christmas photos with your loved ones. We have got your covered, here is our list of the Best Christmas Garden Centres in Essex to visit this Christmas 2023.
Garden Centres in Essex offer a huge selection of great Christmas decorations to purchase, new and unusual gift ideas, inspiration for your Christmas tree and brilliant opportunities for a festive photo. Many of the garden centres have cafe’s to enjoy a Christmas snack and some have extra’s like Christmas markets, festive displays or Selfie Stations. The displays keep the kids entertained and you get to do some Christmas shopping. Many Garden centres also offer Festive Afternoon Teas.
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The ultimate guide to the Best Christmas Garden Centres in Essex with fantastic decorations, brilliant gift ideas, Christmas displays, Christmas markets and selfie stations to grab that perfect Christmas photo:
Alton Garden Centre, Wickford
Altons Garden Centre, Arterial Road (A127), Wickford, Essex, SS12 9JG. As well as magical festive themed displays, including the Grinch and the Snowman. Alton have a new Virtual Reality Ride experience, a sleigh ride that transports you to the North Pole, they also have a festive grotto if you wish to visit Father Christmas. The presents from Father Christmas are really good quality and you also receive a Christmas tree to plant at home. They have an extensive festive miniature village display, a cafe and plenty of parking.
For more information visit Altons Garden Centre website.
Summerhill Garden Centre, Billericay
Summerhill Garden Centre, Pipps Hill Road North, A127 Arterial Road, Billericay, Essex CM11 2UJ.
Summerhill’s are famous for their Christmas displays. Their Christmas department is one of the largest in the area, from gonks, to nutcrackers, trees and wreaths, lights and all the baubles in between, they have all you need to transform your home into a Christmas wonderland. Keep an eye out for selfie spots throughout the department and create some special Christmas photos.
For more information visit the Summerhill Garden Centre website.
Kelvedon Road, Inworth, Tiptree, Essex CO5 9SX.
Perrywood’s is rated as one of the best Christmas shops in Essex. The whole shop is like a grotto, with their ‘Step Back in Time this Christmas’ display in their shop there are plenty of photo opportunities available. As you walk around the shop you will travel through the decades, with each decade cleverly displayed with matching decor for that period of time! People travel from all over to visit this magical Christmas Garden Centre in Essex.
For more information visit the Perrywood website.
Hockley Market Garden Centre, Hockley
Lower Road, Hockley, SS5 5JU.
Hockley Market Garden Centre has an amazing shop with fantastic Christmas displays and an Animated Area for the kids & adults. They also have a tea room onsite. Open 8am-5pm everyday. It is on the same road as Riverside Garden Centre, which you can see below.
For more information visit Hockley Market Garden Centre’s facebook page.
Cherrylane at Riverside, Hockley
Just up the road from Hockley Market Garden Centre is Riverside, so you can do them together and get twice as much Christmas visiting time in!
Cherry Lane – Riverside Garden Centre, Lower Road, Hockley, Essex, SS5 5LE. A great reasonably prices garden centre with some lovely Christmas displays. They also have the singing reindeer and a lovely cafe, called the Garden Room, so a great place to stop for a slice of cake or some lunch. They also have a large shop with all sorts of home and food items.
Visit CherryLane at Riverside’s website for more information.
Elm Farm, Billericay
London Rd, Crays Hill, Billericay, CM11 2UZ
Elm Farm offer an Aladdin’s Cave of Christmas decorations and some gorgeous handmade Christmas wreaths, garlands and Christmas home decor items. They have a vast selection in a range of themes and they also have a whole host of lovely gift ideas. Plus they have Selfie Stations to make those special Christmas Memories!
For more information visit Elm Farm facebook page.
Poplar Nurseries, Colchester
Coggeshall Road, Marks Tey, Colchester, Essex CO6 1HR.
Poplar Nurseries have a wonderful Christmas showroom with festive photo opportunities and animated Christmas displays. They also have a grotto and offer breakfast with Santa.
For more information visit Poplar Nurseries website.
Scotts of Southend, Southend
Scott’s of Southend Garden Centre SS4 1LQ. Explore gifts, decorations, food & drink in their Victorian Festive Christmas Market. You can enjoy a variety of tasty food and drink from the Festive Food Hut! They also have a large gift shop and restaurant. We enjoyed a brilliant Christmas afternoon tea at Scotts of Southend.
For further information visit Scotts of Southend’s website.
Meadow Croft Garden Centre, Battlesbridge
Woodham Road, Battlesbridge, Wickford, SS11 7QU.
Aswell as their christmas shop they have a German Christmas Market with over 30 stalls adorned with handpicked, high-quality artisan products including carved wooden decorations, delicate glassware and baubles, traditional cuckoo clocks, Scandinavian gonks plus much more. Each year it gets bigger and bigger. They have added Bavarian curling to play and they serve lots of specialist German foods such as Frankfurter, Sauerkraut, Waffles, Apple Strudel & the incredibly popular Schokokusse (chocolate kisses). They also serve German bottled beers, delicious homemade spiced apple drink and of course, Glühwein.
For further information visit Meadow Croft Garden Centre’s website.
View Garden Centre, Wickford
Old Chelmsford Road, Wickford, SS11 8SJ
The Christmas Barn at View Garden has a lovely selection of Christmas decorations and beautifully decorated trees, they also have a good range of Christmas lights, a photo opportunity with Santa and his sleigh, The View Garden Centre also has a really good gift range in their shop and a lovely cafe.
Visit the View Garden facebook page for further information.
Morley Nurseries, Great Wakering
Southend Road, Great Wakering
Morley Nurseries have a large selection of Christmas decorations and giftware for Christmas Shopping. They open until 7pm every Wednesday – starting from the 23rd of November through to the 21st of December to help you along with your Christmas shopping where they serve complimentary non-alcoholic mulled wine and some sweet treats will be available to help fuel your shop. They also have a cafe onsite.
Buckhatch Garden Centre, Rettenden, Chelmsford
Buckhatch Nursery & Garden Centre, East Hanningfield Road, Rettendon Common, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8EW.
Buckhatch is lovely large Christmas shop and gift shop, with pretty Christmas Trees, decorations and Christmas lights, they also a great selection of giftware. Unfortunately their cafe is currently closed due to a fire.
For information visit BHN website.
Thurrock Garden Centre, Thurrock
South Road, South Ockendon, Essex, RM15 6DU.
Thurrock has fantastic festive displays and events in the run-up to the big day. They are a one-stop shop in Thurrock, whether you’re decorating your home for Christmas or buying gifts for friends and family. You’ll find tasty delicacies for the festive table, real Christmas trees, crackers, Christmas ornaments, decorations or gifts – in fact, everything to make your Christmas magical.
Their restaurant ‘Woody’s’ provides home-cooked food, snacks, cakes and drinks. They also have a great soft play area for under 5’s to enjoy.
Braintree Garden Centre, Braintree
Cressing Road, Braintree CM77 8DH.
Braintree Garden Centre has great gift ideas to fantastic Christmas decorations, trees and lights our Christmas shop has everything you need. Entertain in style with the perfect table setting and treat yourself to some delicious seasonal treats. They have a restaurant that hosts a number of events and even a Christmas carvery to enjoy once you’ve shopped.
For more information and for events visit Braintree Garden Centre facebook page.
Little Lodge Garden Centre, Fobbing
High road Fobbing SS17 9HN.
Little Lodge have a huge range of reasonably priced Christmas decor, gifts, gift wrap, everything you could possible need for Christmas! These really are a hidden gem of a Christmas shop! All 3 greenhouses are full of Christmas stock at great prices! You even get free hot drinks and snacks whilst you shop!
For more information visit Little Lodge Garden Centre facebook page.
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