Get into the spirit of the season with an Essex Christmas lights switch on event. Enjoy a variety of stalls, rides and activities – and maybe even meet Santa or Elsa from ‘Frozen’!

We also have listings for grottos, pantos, and Christmas markets in Essex.

November 2016

Harlow Christmas Lights Switch On at The Water Gardens
Friday 18th November 2016, from 5.00pm
Choirs, Frozen sing-along, Harlow Playhouse and more!

Southend High Street Christmas Lights Switch On
Saturday 19th November 2016, 12.00pm – 8.00pm
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.

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!

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.

Romford Christmas Lights 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.

Braintree Christmas Lights Switch On Event
Saturday 19th November 2016, switch on at 5.00pm
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!

Maldon Christmas Vintage Fayre and Lights Switch On
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 Switch On
Thursday 24th November 2016, from 4.00pm
Details TBC.

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.

Illuminating Elm Park – Elm Park Town Centre
Friday 25th November 2016, 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Come and join in the fun! The Salvation Army will be opening this wonderful event, and there will be balloon modelling, stilt walkers and magic while you wait your turn to see Santa in his grotto.Why not ride on the carousel, listen to the choirs sing and enjoy the Christmas sweet stall or a hog roast as you take in the atmosphere. Walk up to see the crib and farm animals at St Nicholas Church where carols will be sung and refreshments served. Have your face painted and visit the Youth Bus and Bedrock Radio which will be in the centre outside our varied independent shops.

Night of the Lights at Leigh-on-Sea
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.

Halstead Christmas Lights Switch On and Christmas Market
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

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!

Chelmsford Lights Switch On
Saturday 27th November 2016, 2.00pm – 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.

December 2016

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.

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.

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.

Hullbridge Christmas Fayre
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.

Rochford Christmas Lights Switch On
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.

Events To Be Confirmed

Freeport Braintree

Basildon Christmas Festival

Barking Christmas Lights Event

Hadleigh Christmas Lights Switch On

Canvey Island Lights Switch On
Christmas Festive Fun including local entertainment, Santa and sleigh, children’s games, funfair, stalls, Christmas lights switch on and much more! Free entry, everyone welcome. Canvey Island town centre, SS8 7RB

Lighting Up Brentwood
This event will take place in and around Brentwood High Street. There will be food, drink and craft stalls, street performers, small fun fair rides, activities for children, Father Christmas meet and greet, and more.

Colchester High Street Lights Switch-on

Loughton Christmas Lights Switch On

Billericay Lights Switch On