Soon High Streets across Essex will be switching on their Christmas Lights to mark the official start to the Christmas shopping season.
Many of the events include festive stalls, farmers markets, carol singing as well as celebrities and live music. Start the festive season and support your local shops!
If you want to see big celebrities you will need to head to Westfield or Lakeside.
Basildon Christmas Switch On
Basildon’s big switch on of its Christmas lights – TBA.
Braintree Christmas Lights Switch On Event
Saturday 19th November 2016, switch on at 5.00pm
www.facebook.com/events/Braintree Christmas Lights
This years event is more fabulous than ever before, its a Saturday so we have lots of markets, including a continental market in George yard, Pop up market at the Fountain end of the High Street, Main Stage and 2nd Stage at each end of the High Street, loads of entertainment including a Brass Band. The Museum are hosting a craft market and the Town hall a Wedding Fair! More details will follow as we have them, light switch on at 5pm with the main stage being hosted by Essex Radio and possibly 2 celebs to turn on the lights!
Lighting Up Brentwood – 2016
Lighting Up Brentwood,Saturday 26th November 1pm-5.30pm, in and around Brentwood High Street. Lights will be switched on at 5pm. There will be food and drink stalls, Christmas gifts, entertainment, family activities and street performers.
Canvey Island Christmas Event
On Saturday 26th November 2016 – Annual Christmas Light Switch On event held in Canvey Island Town Centre. Staged entertainment, stalls, fun fair and much more. Christmas lights switch on and much more! Time: 12 noon to 5pm. www.canveyisland-tc.gov.uk
Chelmsford 2016 Christmas Lights switch on
On Sunday, 27 November 2016 – 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Popular Heart Radio presenters Martin and Sue will host this year’s event, showcasing a sparkling mix of local and professional talent from the stage outside Shire Hall.
Cheer on the entertainers who will light up the stage from 2pm until the event finishes with a firework finale at 4.45pm. When you aren’t watching the fun, this is the perfect opportunity for those who wish to do a bit of Christmas shopping. Keep an eye out for any special offers and deals from the shops! The following week, Late Night Shopping begins in Chelmsford City Centre on Thursday nights.
Chelmsford Moulsham Street Lights Switch-On
Moulsham Street has decided not to hold a switch-on event in 2016. There will be lights as usual.
Clacton Xmas Lights
To be advised
Colchester Christmas Lights
To be confirmed
Colchester Zoo Satrlight Nights
26th November 2016 and 17th and 23rd December 2016
Be transported into a winter wonderland at Colchester Zoo this Christmas to meet Santa’s beautiful reindeer and enjoy his amazing grotto experience. Take your seats at the Panto and on selected nights stay on into the evening to enjoy the beautiful illuminations! You’ll also have the opportunity to indulge in tasty festive treats from the Elves’ Kitchen, make Christmas crafts at the Elf’s Workshop and, of course, meet Santa himself! Visit the www.colchester-zoo.com site for more info.
Dovercourt Town Centre Christmas Lights and Market
Friday 2nd December 2016, 12.00pm – 9.00pm
et into the Christmas spirit by getting the decorated train from Manningtree to Dovercourt to join in the festive activities for the Christmas lights being switched on in Dovercourt. You can wander around the festive market stalls, the children can meet Father Christmas, you can buy some treats such as hot chestnuts, mulled wine and Christmas gifts.
Great Dunmow Christmas Lights
Saturday 3rd December 2016, from 3.00pm
Please join us at the festivities, there will be entertainment, food and drink stalls as well as Santa’s Grotto. Father Christmas himself will be making a guest appearance to turn on the lights at 6.00pm. Also this year there is an added attraction of an Ice Rink. Tickets to skate need to be pre-booked on line, the organisers are unable to accept payment on the night.
Halstead Christmas Lights
Saturday 26th November 2016, from 9.00am
Markets, crafts and stalls from 9.00am. Santa at EACH from 10.00am. Nativity animals petting zoo, face painting and entertainment. Light switch on in the Public Gardens at 4.30pm. See www.halsteadtowncouncil.co.uk for more info.
Harlow Christmas Lights
Friday 18th November 2016, from 5.00pm
There will be Choirs, Frozen sing-along, Harlow Playhouse and more! See www.thewatergardensharlow.com for more info.
Hatfield Christmas Lights Switch On
Saturday 19th November 2016, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
An afternoon of activities in Hatfield Town Centre, spread across White Lion Square, The Arcade and Market Place. Santa, reindeer, live music, stall, rides, lantern parade, entertainment, arts & crafts, face painting and Hagrid and Harry Potter lookalikes. See www.hatfieldtown.co.uk for more info.
Hockley Christmas Lights
Hockley lights will be lit on Saturday 22nd November 3pm TO 6pm in Spa Road, Hockley. The event starts at 4pm and goes on until late. The lights switch on at around 5.30pm with a firework display to follow. There will be craft stalls, entertainment and fairground rides and Santa’s grotto, hog roast.
Hornchurch Christmas Cracker Event – Hornchurch Town Centre
Saturday 19th November 2016, 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Be sure not to miss this evening of free family fun! Children can graduate as an official Santa’s Helper by getting their Cracker Certificate stamped at the 4 festive locations before stopping to visit Santa himself in the grotto. See the Cinderella pantomime characters who will be visiting from the Queen’s Theatre to help us turn on our Christmas tree lights. Circus acts will delight you, the Havering Haverettes will amaze and more!
Hullbridge Christmas Lights
Saturday 3rd December 2016, 3.00pm – 6.00pm
Hullbridge Community Centre Pooles Lane Hullbridge Essex SS5 6PA
Our V.I.P. guests are Martin & Su from Heart FM Essex Morning Breakfast Show. We have vacancies for stall holders both inside and out. There will be a variety of hot and cold refreshments, live entertainment for all age groups and tastes, brass band, childrens activities, Santa arriving by horse and carriage, Santas grotto and much more. Christmas Lights switch on around 17:45. More info on www.hullbridgepc.co.uk
Lakeside Christmas Launch
On Saturday 22nd November Lakeside will launch the Christmas season with a FREE Santa’s grotto, a winter wonderland plus a parade with Christmas fairies, elves and Santa. The fun starts at 11am and goes on until 4pm.
There will be plenty of fun FREE family activity all around the centre with Festive Face painting, Mulled Wine and Roast Chestnuts, Real Reindeer and a Giant Snow Globe.
Leigh-on-Sea Christmas Lights Switch On
Friday 25th November 2016, from 4.00pm
There will be no formal switch-on of the lights, but get into the Christmas Spirit at this annual family fun event with all of Leigh’s Traders much love Yultide procession. Other features: Christmas Fun Zone in Elm Road from 5.00pm-8.00pm, plus Children’s Time at Leigh Community Centre from 4.30 – 6.00 p.m.. See www.leighonseatowncouncil.gov.uk for more info.
Loughton Town Centre Lights
Friday 28 November join the celebrations in Loughton Broadway from 4pm with festive entertainment including the switching on of the lights followed by a special Santa carriage ride
Maldon Christmas Lights
Thursday 24th November 2016, 6.00pm – 8.00pm.
As well as the turning on of the Christmas lights by the Town Mayor of Maldon, there will be late night shopping plus a street market, choirs, music, hospitality hosted by the local shops and competitions. The action starts at 6pm and Maldon’s Town Mayor will turn on the Christmas lighst at 7pm. Saint Fm will be putting on a variety of entertainment from the big stage which will be near All Saints’ Church on the High street and Santa and his reindeer will be in town from 6-8pm, by the Maeldune Heritage Centre. If you fancy dressing up for the evening, this year’s theme is Shakespeare 400 with a prize for the best dresed visitor.
Rayleigh Christmas Lights
The High Street lights switch on, Thursday 24th November 2016, from 4.00pm, commencing 4.15pm-6.30pm.
More details to follow. Previous years included Heart FM, theatre, roasted chestnuts, Father Christmas , rides and stalls.
Romford Christmas Light Switch on
Thursday 17th November 2016, from 4.30pm
FREE entertainment for all the family. The entertainment starts at 4.30pm in the Market Place. Sid and Scrat from Ice Age will be making personal appearances at intervals during the evening. Plus Che Chesterman from X Factor and Lydia Lucy from The Voice, singers, entertainers, Christmas Lights Switch On and spectacular fireworks at 6.30pm.
Lighting Up Shenfield
To be confirmed
Rochford Christmas Lights Event
Sunday 4th December 2016
This annual event is fun for all the family. More news nearer the time on what stalls and acts will be on during the day.
Saffron Walden Winter Wonderland
Friday 2nd December 2016 (light switch on) and Saturday 3rd December 2016
Come and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere in Saffron Walden and meet Father Christmas in his Grotto in the Town Hall. Late night shopping from 5.30pm to 8.30pm with Light switch on at 6pm on Friday, the 2nd December. Saturday Market on the 3rd and a further chance to visit FC in his Grotto. Christmas gift fair in the Town Hall continues on Sunday the 4th 10am-3pm.
South Woodham Ferrers
Christmas Fayre and Show Saturday 15 November 2.00pm to 6.30pm. The Town Mayor turning on the new Christmas Lights display at 5pm.
Christmas Fayre, including Christmas market stalls, music and entertainment from local acts in a huge variety show. The town’s seasonal lights will once again be turned on during the afternoon, and the Trinity Church will be holding their popular Christmas Bazaar.
Southend High Street Christmas Spectacular & Lights Switch On
On Saturday 19th November 2016, 12.00pm – 8.00pm, Southend-on-Sea Town Centre will be transformed into a winter wonderland. A whole day of fun festive activities for the family! With reindeer, ice skating, a Christmas market and live entertainment. The Southend seafront last free fireworks display of the year at 7.30pm.
Upminster Christmas Event – Upminster Town Centre
Thursday 24th Nov 2016, 4.00pm – 6.00pm
With kiddie rides and live animals this event is guaranteed to be fun-packed for all the family! Come enjoy carol singing, the switching on of our Christmas tree lights and for children our Elf Treasure Trail! Children can collect stamps at 3 festive locations and receive a gift from Mr. Holly.