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Christmas Lights Switch On!

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Christmas Lights Switch On!

Saturday, November 18, 2017 November 18, 2017 The Roslin Beach Hotel


Southend’s Christmas Lights switch-on event promises to be the biggest and best ever! With nine hours of free fun and entertainment on Saturday 18th November, the High Street and seafront will be filled with music and tasty treats, topped off with a fabulous firework finale!

Wrap up warm, pop your best bobble hat on and head into town to enjoy the build up to the Big Switch On. Between 2 and 4:30pm, join host Dom Atkins as he introduces local musicians to perform on the main stage at Victoria Circus. Heart Essex stars Martin and Su will then take over to introduce an amazing line-up of acts, before leading the crowd in the traditional count-down in anticipation of Southend’s famous High Street dramatically lighting up.

As part of the excitement, BBC Essex will also be getting visitors to the High Street in the festive spirit with their own stage presenting choirs, singers and bands. 

You’ll be sure to find a unique gift in the Christmas Market, with a range of beautiful gifts from local craftspeople available along the High Street. Alternatively, keep the cold out with a cheeky gluhwein or hot snack from one of the stallholders in the Farmers’ Market. There will also be plenty of producers offering all manner of delicious delights to stock up your fridges, freezers and cupboards with.

The Victoria Shopping Centre is offering its visitors free face-painting, a chance to meet the glorious Glitter Belles – imagine Seventies disco meets avant-garde fashion – and have your photo taken with super-friendly elves in the Elf Booth. Meanwhile, The Royals Shopping Centre is offering you a chance to stroke a magical, lifelike polar bear, win prizes and meet Santa himself.

Bringing the day to a spectacular close will be a dazzling firework display.

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