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Essex Christmas Lights Switch Ons 2018

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Get into the spirit of the season with these Essex Christmas Lights Switch Ons. Enjoy a variety of stalls, rides and activities – and maybe even meet Santa and his reindeer!

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

We do our best to provide accurate details, but please check with the organisers before travelling.

November 2018

Romford Christmas Lights Switch On – Romford Market, RM1 3ER
Thursday 15th November 2018, 4.30pm-6.30pm
Join us for the Christmas Lights Switch-on with X Factor finalists Reggie and Bollie, a magical snowdome performance and local Britain’s Got Talent star James Smith.

Freeport Braintree
Friday 16th November 2018, from 6pm – fireworks display 6.45pm
Join us to mark the launch of Christmas at Freeport Braintree with our spectacular firework display. We’ll also welcome Father Christmas himself on stage to press the plunger illuminating the centre’s Christmas lights and kick-starting the display.What’s even better is that it’s completely FREE for you and the whole family with accessible parking; you can really make an evening of it.The display will mark the start of Christmas a Freeport Braintree, with so much to look forward to – you don’t want to miss out.

Harlow Christmas Lights Switch On Events
Saturday 17th November 2018, 11.00am – 4.00pm
This year’s Christmas Lights Switch On will take place at 5pm in Broadwalk. To celebrate, there is a whole programme of exciting activities planned in the Town Centre throughout the day. Harvey Centre (11am4pm)– Join the Harvey Centre for a comedy Christmas with their fun packed launch event, featuring a host of special guests and live entertainment.And, do not forget to visit Santa in his Grotto! Market Square (11am4pm) – Pop down to Market Square where Harlow’s very first Makers Market will be taking place. A variety of stalls will be offering unique, hand crafted products not found on the high street. And join the FREE workshop to make your own Elf hat costume. Workshops from 12pm to 1:30pm and 2pm to 3:30pm. Festive Procession (4pm) – With your Elf costume, why not join the cast of this year’s panto – Aladdin, Santa and his special friends, the Pets’ Corner Reindeer who will be leading a festive procession. Meet Santa and his friends in the Harvey Centre, be led out into Broad Walk and down towards the Christmas tree, where the countdown will begin and the Broad Walk Christmas Lights switched on at 5pm. The Water Gardens (4pm6pm) – Join Santa and his magical friends in The Water Gardens who will be putting on a festive spectacular with live music and mulled wine.

Hornchurch Christmas Light Switch On – Hornchurch High Street, Town Centre
Saturday 17th November 2018, 11.00am – 5.00pm
The Hornchurch Christmas Cracker Event returns to Hornchurch this Christmas season. Organised by the Hornchurch Town Team of local small businesses, Messy Church in Hornchurch along with the Parish of Hornchurch will be joining in and supporting the events taking place in Hornchurch town centre by holding an activity/craft session along with refreshments in North Street Hall from 2:30-4:30pm

Southend High Street Christmas Lights Switch On
Saturday 17th November 2018, 12.00pm – 7.00pm
The main stage will be situated in Victoria Circus with a warm up of activities taking place from 1-4.15pm. Dom will be joined by Martin and Su from 4.25pm, with the switch on taking place at 6pm! This will include appearances from Voice Kids, including Kobi and Charlie Dillon, Matt Linen and Ryan the Lion. At the other end of the High Street, the Royals Shopping Centre plays host to a wealth of events in the centre itself from 11am-4pm. There will also be street pianos in the alcove at Debenhams, Little Royalty Christmas Club event for the kids to enjoy free face painting, arts and crafts, singing and Christmas themed games. There will also be a polar bear, performance area and footmen at each entrances giving away candy canes and crowns! There will also be trampolines in the High Street. Plus – be sure not to miss the firework display finale. Continue the festive spirit and head down to City Beach after the switch on, in time for Southend BID’s free Seafront Fireworks.

Braintree Christmas Lights Switch On Event
Saturday 17th November 2018, 12pm – 5.45pm –  switch on at 5.30pm
The celebrations kick-start on Saturday 17th November, where Radio Essex will be hosting the annual switch-on event, including live entertainment from local artists, dance groups, a school choir as well as fun activities for the kids.The entertainment will begin in Market Place at 12pm until 5.45pm, with the switch on at 5.30pm by Radio Essex presenters Chris and Abbie. George Yard Shopping Centre switch on will be just before at 5pm, along with a Santa’s Grotto throughout the day. A parade will take place between both light switch on events across the town.

Chelmsford Lights Switch On – City Centre
Sunday 18th November 2018, starts 12.00pm – big switch on at 5.00pm
The festivities begin in Chelmsford High Street at 12pm with a selection of walkabout fun, family friendly activities and festive food and drink. Heart FM presenters Martin and Su will kick off the entertainment on the main stage at 2:30pm. The evening will culminate with the big switch on at 5pm. This year, actor and writer Joe Thomas will return to his hometown to push the big button. He will be lighting up Chelmsford and setting off a spectacular fireworks display near the Meadows Shopping Centre and the Town Sign.

Upminster Christmas Event – Upminster Town Centre
Thursday 22nd November 2018, 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Festive lights kick off the festive season in the Upminster Christmas Event.

Harwich Mayflower Christmas Lights – Ha’Penny Pier to Harwich Green
Friday 23rd November 2018, approx. 6.30pm – 8.00pm
A family-friendly procession and performance will celebrate Harwich’s involvement in the sailing of The Mayflower to America later this month.The Illuminate Festival returns for the third year on November 23, the Friday after Thanksgiving, to commemorate the town’s link to the historic vessel and voyage. Gathering from 6pm at the Ha’Penny Pier and by the lit-up LV 18 Lightship the procession will set off on its parade at 6.30pm, and will include a giant puppet lantern of Christopher Jones – captain of The Mayflower – and a lantern of The Mayflower too. Performers from the Dovercourt Theatre Group will also be there in period costume.

Lighting Up Brentwood – High Street
Saturday 24th November 2018, 12.30pm – 6.00pm
There are over 60 market stalls selling festive arts and crafts, and hot food and drink, together with Santa’s Grotto, walkabout acts and other children’s activities. There is a packed programme of performances on 3 stages, primarily by local schools and talented community performers

Grays Christmas Lights Switch On – Town Centre
Saturday 24th November 2018, 1.00pm – 6.00pm
There will be a range of special guests at the big event including The Only Way Is Essex and Celebrity Big Brother favourite Dan Osbourne. Stalls selling a variety of gifts and Father Christmas will be on hand to meet children and families. There will be four different stations around Grays that you can go and meet different characters of this year’s panto, Aladdin. Collect stamps from each location and once you have all four stamps you can go and meet Santa at Grays Shopping Centre.

Hockley Christmas Lights Switch On – CANCELED FOR 2018
Saturday 24th November 2018

Witham Christmas Lights Switch On and Dickensian Market – Town Hall
Saturday 24th November 2018, lights switched on at 4.30pm
Every November Witham comes together to celebrate Christmas old school, with the Dickensian Market and Christmas Light Switch-on. A mixture of food and drink and numerous quality crafts by local business are on offer, including tombola and raffle opportunities. Performances are held throughout the day and both new and emerging acts are welcome to take part.

Colchester Zoo Starlight Nights
Saturday 24th November, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 23rd December 2018
Be transported into a winter wonderland at Colchester Zoo. The extended opening with give you more time to enjoy our fantastic events as the festivities continue beneath our twinkling Christmas lights! PLUS as the evening light fades our beautiful Christmas illuminations will turn on!

Colchester Present Christmas Event 2018
Sunday 25th November 2018, big switch on at 4.30pm
Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the amazing spectacle of Colchester’s Christmas Lights. So expect lots of sparkle and festive cheer as the town’s seasonal celebrations get underway with the Christmas Lights switch-on in the High Street on Sunday 25 November 2018, at 4.30pm.

Saffron Walden Christmas Light Switch On
Sunday 25th November 2018, 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Father Christmas and the Mayor of Saffron Walden to switch on the Christmas lights.

Maldon Vintage Christmas Fair and Light Switch On – Maldon Town Hall, CM9 4PZ
Thursday 29th November 2018, 6.00pm – 9.00pm
On Thursday 29th November Maldon will be holding a Vintage Christmas event. The action starts at 6pm and Maldon’s Town Mayor will turn on the Christmas lights at 6.30pm. There will be late night shopping plus a street market, choirs, music, hospitality hosted by the local shops and competitions. 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 will be in his Winter Wonderland at the bottom of Brights Path/Old Mill Close. If you fancy dressing for the evening, this year’s theme is the 50’s and a prize will be awarded to the best dressed visitor.

Rayleigh Christmas Lights Switch On
Thursday 29th November 2018, from 4.00pm – 6.30pm
The High Street will be closed from 1.45pm until 9pm for the event, which will include a festive market, fun fair rides and Father Christmas with his sleigh.

Dovercourt Christmas Lights Switch On
Friday 30th November 2018
You know it’s nearly Christmas when the light switch on event happens! This annual celebration takes place on Dovercourt High Street with all the usual festivities such as mulled wine and carol singing.

Leigh Lights at Leigh-on-Sea
Friday 30th November 2018, from 5.00pm (children’s activities from 4.00pm)
Once again the ‘elves’ at Leigh Town Council have been working to bring you ‘Leigh Lights’ on Friday 30th November. The festivities will begin from 5 p.m. and the Town will be lit up as visitors arrive. The Yuletide Parade, featuring joyful fundraisers will start from Kings Road at 6.30 p.m., travelling along Leigh Road, Broadway and finishing in Broadway West around 7.30p.m.  For children’s pre-event fun, stop by Leigh Community Centre from 4.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m. where you can enjoy a puppet show and visit Elsa’s grotto!


December 2018

Halstead Christmas Lights Switch On – Halstead Public Gardens, C09 1JE
Saturday 1st December 2018, 4.30pm-5.00pm
Christmas Light display in Halstead Public Gardens at about 4.30p.m. Santa will visit and have some sweets for children, and there will be a snow machine to give a festive atmosphere.

Canvey Island Lights Switch On – High Street
Saturday 1st December 2018, Times TBC
Christmas Festive Fun including local entertainment.

Colchester Zoo Starlight Nights
1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 23rd December 2018
Be transported into a winter wonderland at Colchester Zoo. The extended opening with give you more time to enjoy our fantastic events as the festivities continue beneath our twinkling Christmas lights! PLUS as the evening light fades our beautiful Christmas illuminations will turn on!

Barking Mad About Christmas Lights Event – Barking Town Square
Saturday 1st December 2018, 11.00am-5.00pm
The sleigh bells will be ringing and there will be plenty of festive joy around Barking Town Centre when the Christmas lights are switched on at the start of December. There will be a free Santa’s grotto*, free Santa gifts and meet REAL reindeer. The Christmas tree lights will be switched on with Paw Patrol. Mr Incredible and Baby Jack Jack from ‘The Incredibles’ and Bing Bunny will be present and there will be prizes for the best Christmas fancy dressed. The event will also feature Christmas carols and entertainment, Arts, Crafts and Vintage fair hosted by Studio 3 Arts and Christmas workshop hosted by PartyBox. There will also be stalls offering Christmas gifts, delights and face painting.

Great Dunmow Christmas Lights
Saturday 1st December 2018, from 3.00pm-7.00pm – switch on at 6.00pm
Join us from 3pm for festive fun, live music and the switch on of Great Dunmow’s Christmas lights at 6pm. Including Santa’s Grotto all children will receive a chocolate advent calendar when meeting Santa – book on the website.

Hadleigh Christmas Lights Switch On
Saturday 1st December 2018, starts at 4.15pm with carol singing. Lights switch-on at 4.30pm.
Come along to sing carols and see the Christmas lights switched on. At the gardens by the eastern end of St James The Less Church graveyard. Starts at 4.15pm with carol singing accompanied by Hadleigh Waits and Hadleigh Voices community choir.Lights switch-on at 4.30pm. Refreshments served afterwards in the church with entertainment from Castle Chimers.

Hullbridge Christmas Fayre and Lights Switch On
Saturday 1st December 2018, 3.00pm – 6.00pm – switch on 5.45pm
Hullbridge Community Centre, Pooles Lane, Hullbridge, Essex SS5 6PA
Every year Hullbridge Parish Council organises a Community Christmas Fayre for residents and visitors. There are many Stalls, Rides, Animal Farm, Climbing Wall and Entertainment in Pooles Lane car park and in the adjacent Hullbridge Community Association they kindly put on a free Christmas Santa’s Grotto with Santa arriving by Horse Drawn Carriage.

Rochford Christmas Lights Switch On
Sunday 2nd December 2018, 2.00pm – 7.00pm – switch on 6.00pm
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. Back Lane – Food, Drink, Games, Rides and Crafts from 2pm – 7pm. Rochford Square – Main Stage from 3pm until 6pm with lights on at 6pm

Illuminating Elm Park – Elm Park Town Centre
Thursday 6th December 2018, 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Festive lights kick off the festive season in the Elm Park Town Centre.

Collier Row Christmas Event – Collier Row Community Group , RM5 3NR
Friday 7th December 2018, 4.00pm-8.00pm – switch on 6.30pm
Follow the star to the 4 star stamping stations & then head on over to see Santa at Chigwell Centre & get your present. Go on the rides in the high street (near Dominios). See the reindeers outside F Barnes Solicitors. Enjoy hot chocolate & donuts. See the live nativity at Accesion Church. Christmas Craft stalls in Church. Light Switch on at 6.30pm.

Shenfield Christmas Fayre and Lights – Hutton Road
Sunday 9th December 2018, 12.00pm – 5.00pm
Shenfield Christmas Fayre is a real community affair with lots of local business involvement and community groups. A large attraction during the event is the truck stage hosting several acts throughout the day including local schools and bands. The main High Street (Hutton Road) will be closed for the event and will host over 60 festive stalls, family attractions, Santa’s Grotto, walk about acts and rides.



Billericay Lights Switch On – High Street


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