It’s official! FREE Christmas event in Braintree details announced

Saturday 16th November is the date you want in your diaries for a day full of Christmas festivities in Braintree Town Centre – including over 100 market stalls, live entertainment & three light switch ons, two drinks bars, children’s activities & more!

Radio Essex will be hosting festive entertainment from 12pm with live music from local singers, dance groups, carol performances from local schools as well as fun activities for the kids up until the light switch on at 5.30pm in Market Place outside Tesco’s.

The popular street market will be making a return and it will be the BIGGEST AND BEST one yet with over 100 stalls spread out across the town including Sandpit Lane, New Street, Market Street and George Yard Shopping Centre.

Visitors will be able to pick up lots of goodies from gifts, hampers, handmade jewellery to Christmas decorations and wreaths. And for when you have worked up an appetite and a thirst after all the excitement and shopping, there will be plenty of stalls selling gourmet food and drinks.

More events

George Yard Shopping Centre

  • George Yard will light up with their switch on at 5pm and a Santa parade will take place between both light switch on events with musicians and dancers and anyone is welcome to join in and dress up.
  • You can also visit Santa’s Grotto alongside giant shiny baubles and a special Christmas fairy in George Yard Shopping Centre with late night shopping available up to 7pm (note some shops may shut at 6.30pm – check their website)

Braintree Town Hall 

  • 1920’s pop up bar with a Christmas gift market from 10am-5pm. FREE entry & FREE face-painting will be available too (times for this will be confirmed soon – check our website and social media for updates). 

Braintree Museum

  • FREE children’s crafts at Braintree Museum all day, plus there’s FREE entry from 10am-4pm

Fountain end of the High Street 

  • Christmas festivities will run from 1pm to 6pm with local performers singing and performing all genres including Boars Head Productions with Christmas Mayhem and a live band. Their lights will switch on at 5:45pm.

All details can be found using the links below, including many other events planned across the Braintree District including craft activities, wreath making, carol services and more.

You can keep up to date on the latest news for the event and festive activities in Braintree via our Facebook page.

It’s an event you don’t want to miss out on! We look forward to having you join us to kick start the Christmas celebrations in Braintree! 



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