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Lighting up Braintree: 2018 Christmas events announced

Lighting up Braintree: 2018 Christmas events announced

Christmas market 2017

From the annual light switch-on events to Christmas street markets and a free elf trail, there’s lots going on in Braintree this festive season.

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.

As well as the switch on events, a Christmas street market will take over the streets of the town centre and Braintree Town Hall where residents and visitors can browse over 40 stalls. From gourmet street food, a range of festive drinks, to arts and crafts, stocking filler gifts and homeware, there’s something for everyone. Full details about the street market are available on our website at

Due to the success of the Reindeer Trail last year, a free Elf Trail will launch on Saturday 17th November where people can go on a journey through Braintree Town to find Father Christmas’ lost elves who are hiding in shops and window displays. Participants will receive a certificate from Father Christmas when they complete the map and be in for a chance to win a festive hamper.

Councillor Tom Cunningham, Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Braintree District Council, said: “Christmas is a very special time of year and I’m pleased we are kicking off the festive season with these fantastic events. It’s a great day out for families to explore our Christmas street market with a variety of gourmet food, drink, gifts and craft activities for the kids. They will also be treated to a varied line up of local talent in the build up to the lights being switched on. We hope to see many residents and visitors come to join Braintree’s festive celebrations, so wrap up warm, bring your family and friends along and join us in getting into the Christmas spirit.”

There are many other events planned across the Braintree District this Christmas including a chance to meet Father Christmas, craft activities and free entry to Braintree Museum, wreath making, carol services and more. Full details can be found at