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Southend Switch On

Southend High Street
12.00 pm to 7.45 pm

Join Southend City BID for festive fun at the Christmas Light Switch On in Southend. Southend city centre will come alive with a day long extravaganza featuring a diverse array of performances, special guests, and festive activities before the 6pm switch on. With thanks to Toys ‘n’ Tuck for being our headline Christmas sponsor.

9am-6.30pm: Market

Artisan market with live music, art, clothing and lots more to pick up as treats or gifts near the railway bridge alongside children’s rides. Head up the High Street for more to browse at the general market.

11am-4pm: Busking Spots

From acoustic acts to bands, they’ll be local performances near the old Debenhams and under the railway bridge

12pm-4pm: Storytime bus

Free arts, crafts and stories on the Visit Southend bus near Lloyds bank.

12pm-4pm: Spread the Cheer, Become a Reindeer Trail

Get crafty and transform yourself into a reindeer. Visit the Royals shopping centre, the IronWorks, Caffe Nero and Laurence Mathews before heading to the Victoria shopping centre for the final station and your chance to meet Santa. 

12pm-6pm: Main Stage Performances

Hosted by BBC Essex, watch an amazing line up of acts including local choirs, bands, solo acts, entertainers and dancers. Soak in the excitement from vibrant performances as we build up to the 6pm switch on. 

6pm: The Big Switch On

Don’t miss the lights going on at 6pm in Victoria Circus by our 40 foot Christmas tree!

7.30pm: Fireworks Finale

After the switch on, make your way down to the seafront for the final display of the season.

Part of Southend Switch On

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