Find out where to see the Christmas light switch-ons in Essex. Festive fun for the whole family.
Braintree, 16 November, from 2.30pm
Family fun entertainment and a Christmas market in the lead up to the switch on taking place at 5.30pm. www.braintree.gov.uk
Southend, 16 November, 12pm-8.15pm
There’s a whole day of festive fun planned along the High Street. Don’t miss the fantastic firework finale on City Beach at 7:30pm! www.southendbid.com
Chelmsford Christmas Lights, 17 November
There’s a city wide lighting and effects display, but as change from the usual format of inviting a ‘Celeb’ to perform the switch-on ceremony, this year the honour will fall on the winners of Chelmsford’s community CM1STMAS Awards. www.chelmsfordforyou.co.uk/chelmsford-awards
Saffron Walden, 24 November
A festive evening complete with food, late night shopping and a Christmas market. www.saffronwalden.gov.uk
Wickford, 24 November
A festive day with children’s entertainment, guests on stage and a festive market. www.wickfordatchristmas.co.uk
Maldon, 29 November, 4-9pm
The light switch-on is accompanied by music, a vintage Christmas market, choirs and late night shopping. www.visitmaldon.co.uk/events/maldon-christmas-fayre.php
Leigh-on-Sea, 29 November, 5-8pm
Watch the parade spread its festive cheer. It departs from King’s Road at 6.30pm, and will travel along Leigh Road, Broadway and finishes at Broadway West, at approx. 7.30pm. There’s lots of entertainment with performers, stalls, food trucks, choirs and more. www.leighonseatowncouncil.gov.uk/events/217/Leigh-Lights-2019
Brentwood, 30 November, 12.30pm-6pm
The High Street will be closed for fun and festivities including live entertainment, stalls from local traders and fair ground rides, finishing with the light switch on at dark.
Halstead, 30 November, 4.30pm
Expect a visit from father Christmas and a snow machine to add to the festive fun.