Whether you want fantastic family fun or sensational seasonal shopping, there's something for you in Southend-on-Sea this Christmas. Here you'll find all the highlights and dates when events are taking place so you can plan ahead and make the most of the festive season.
We hope you enjoy celebrating the festive season with us and wish you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND BEST WISHES FOR 2010!
Saturday 14th November
Southend-on-Sea Town Centre will be transformed into a winter wonderland, with a day full of festive fun and entertainment for all the family - everything you need to get your Christmas off to a cracking start!
This very special day will give you the chance to enjoy a festive experience like no other, with a very special parade featuring Santa and his REAL reindeer, music courtesy of BBC Essex and Heart FM and a whole host of seasonal sensations, including street entertainment, mouth-watering market stalls and, of course, the ever popular Christmas lights switch-on and a truly spectacular fireworks display!
9:00am - 8:00pm, Christmas Market
8:30am - 5:30pm Christmas Farmers and Craft Market
All day BBC Essex broadcasting at the top of Pier Hill
1:00pm - 1:30pm, The Royals Christmas Toy Parade
1:45pm - 6:00pm, Don't forget to visit Santa at the Royals Shopping Centre
12pm - 2:00pm, Christmas Spectacular Stage
2:00pm - 4:00pm at the Heart Stage
4:00pm - 5:00pm, Heart FM Roadshow hosted by Martin & Su
5:00pm - Christmas Lights Switch On -from the Heart Stage
5:30pm - Spectacular Seafront Fireworks Finale