Essex Christmas Lights Dates 2018

Essex Christmas Lights Dates 2018

The most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us & soon will be the dark nights and the Christmas lights will be turning on in your local town!

I used to love going to watch the Christmas lights be turned on, whether it be the lead in the pantomime that year or an X Factor reject, (I was lucky enough to be in Basildon the year Shane Richie did it! – not bragging..) it’s a great event to bring together the local community! Towns such as Maldon & Leigh-On-Sea have gone all out this year and promise to not only be a night of lights but stalls & choir festivities to follow!

This will be our first year taking Frankie and I want to cram in as many as I can! The light turn ons are a fun, free & festive way to start off the Christmas feeling and what better way to do it than supporting your local town with a mulled wine and a mince pie in the middle of the town!?

I will update the list whenever I get more information, if you know any more than I do feel free to message and share x ho ho ho:




Saturday 24th November.

Billericay Town Council will be holding its annual Christmas Lighting Ceremony along with entertainment from local schools and organisations and of course Father Christmas. There will be an opportunity for the little ones to meet him and get some sweets and for Mums and Dads to take a photo of their child with Father Christmas. The events of the afternoon will this year take place at Sun Corner with the entertainment on stage starting from 3pm culminating in the switch on at 4.30 pm.


Saturday 17th November, Market Place, 4pm onwards.

Craft stalls, family entertainment & more.


Saturday 24th November, High Street, 1230pm-6pm.

Performances, stalls & more.

Canvey Island

Saturday 1st December, High Street.


Sunday 18th November, High Street.

Stalls, rides, fireworks & more.


Saturday 1st December, town centre.


Saturday 24th November, town centre.


Saturday 1st December, Halstead Public Gardens, 4:30pm onwards.

Santa & a snow machine.


Saturday 1st December, Pooles Lane Car Park, 3pm-6pm.

Stalls, rides, an animal farm & Santa arriving by horse drawn carriage.


Saturday 24th November, high street.


Friday 30th November, Leigh Broadway 5pm onwards.

Yuletide Parade, choirs, Santa’s sleigh, Elsa’s grotto, street entertainment and snow.


Thursday 29th November, High Street, 6pm-9pm.

Late night shopping, street market, stalls, choirs & family entertainment.


Thursday 29th November, high street.


Sunday 2nd December.

Saffron Walden

Sunday 25th November, Market Square, 5pm-6pm.

Father Christmas & The Mayor.


Sunday 9th December, Hutton Road, 12pm-5pm.

Festive stalls, family attractions, Santa’s grotto, rides & more.


Saturday 17th November, high street.

Last evening of the 7 week firework displays.


Sunday 25th November, High Street, Noon onwards.

Stalls, reindeer & mulled wine!


Saturday 24th November, opposite the town hall Newlands Street, 4pm onwards.

Performances, Dickensian Market & games.

assorted color string lights
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