Braintree Christmas Light Switch On lights in the High Street


Start the countdown to Christmas at the annual fun-packed Christmas Lights Switch On in Braintree Town Centre on Saturday 20th November with Radio Essex, starting at 12noon with the official light switch on at 5.30pm.

There will be plenty of festive cheer up across the town centre, including:

Live music entertainment from local singers and school choirs in Market Place, right up until the big light switch on at 5.30pm with Radio Essex’s presenters Martin and Su. A BSL interpreter will also be on the main stage from 5pm until 5.30pm during the light switch on.

Music entertainment

- Beckers Green Primary School Choir: 12:00 - 12:30

- Great Bradfords Infant & Nursery School Choir: 12:30 - 13:00

- Echo Studio Performing Arts – singing/dance: 13:00 - 13:30

- Echo Studio Music: 13:30 - 13:45

- Fraser Morgan: 14:00 - 14:30

- John Bunyan Primary School Choir: 14:30 -15:00

- Essex Music Performance:15:00 - 15:30

- Taylor's Dance Company – variety of dances: 15:30 -16:00

- Funky Voices Choir: 16:00 - 16:30

- Taya Morgan: 16:30 - 16:45


George Yard Shopping Centre will light up with their switch on at 5pm and live music and entertainment will take place down the Fountain end of the High Street from 2pm organised by The Boars Head, plus special guest 'Colin Thackery' from TV's Britain's Got Talent turning on their lights from 5.30pm! 

Over 50 stalls across the town centre for our annual Christmas street market galore, with everything from unique homeware, personalised presents, to Christmas decorations, handcrafted jewellery & more, there’s sure to be something special for your loved ones.

You’ll also be spoilt for choice with food; tuck into a delicious burger or gourmet roast dinner wrap, or pick up some chocolate kisses or artisan pastries to take home and enjoy for the weekend. Find the full list of stalls joining the event here

- Free entry to Braintree Museum with their space exhibition and Christmas décor crafts

- Drinks bar, Christmas children activities and family photo shoots at Braintree Town Hall from 2pm. FREE face painting from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

- Festive entertainment and a chance to meet festive characters in George Yard Shopping Centre

Visitors are encouraged to follow all of the latest government COVID-19 guidance when visiting the event. This includes wearing a face covering in crowded spaces where people may come into contact with others they don’t normally meet, getting tested before attending and self-isolating if required or are symptomatic.

Event staff will be on hand at the event to help, assist and support visitors and market traders will have COVID-19 measures in place.

Travel & parking

Find out more on how to get here on our travel page.

Catch the train to the event to enjoy a hassle free journey and get a discount on a drink at the Braintree Town Hall bar into the bargain when you show your train ticket.


Parking is available across the town centre and are all in walking distance from the town centre.

Prices and locations can be viewed on Braintree’s car parks webpage and you also have parking at:

- Tesco

- Sainsbury’s

- B&M

All of our Council car parks are only 10p after 3pm. (50p overnight charge from 7pm). 



Map & Directions

Braintree Christmas Light Switch on

Type:Christmas Lights Switch-On

Market Place, BRAINTREE, Essex, CM7 3HG
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Tel01376 552525

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