Southend Christmas light switch-on

Echo: Southend Christmas lights switched on last year Southend Christmas lights switched on last year

SANTA and live reindeer will be joined by fire performers and fireworks to make sure Southend’s Christmas lights switch-on goes with a bang.

A festive family fun day with fireworks over the estuary and a fire show from the Essex University’s East 15 acting school will usher in the season of good on Saturday, November 17.

Derek Jarvis, cabinet member for culture and tourism on Southend Council, said: “These events really do have something for all ages and they put Southend very firmly on the map as a top festive destination for residents and visitors.

“Everyone can come along and share lots of fun for free. The attractions showcase all that the borough has to offer and let everyone know that they can find everything they need for Christmas here in Southend.”

Father Christmas, live reindeer and fairytale characters, including Cinderella, will parade down High Street from Victoria Circus to the Royals Shopping Centre from 1pm.

After the lights are switched on at 5pm the students will give a fire show before fireworks explode over the estuary at 5.30pm.

Other performances will take place throughout the afternoon on a stage in Victoria Circus.

A farmers and craft market will offer seasonal delights, Christmas treats and unique gift ideas in High Street every Saturday from November 17 to December 22, as well as Sunday, December 23, and Christmas Eve.

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6:42pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Son of Stropmag says...

If there is to be a second Christmas I would like to see those who receive on the first Christmas give to those who did not receive on the first. In that way there should be double the joy.
If there is to be a second Christmas I would like to see those who receive on the first Christmas give to those who did not receive on the first. In that way there should be double the joy. Son of Stropmag

7:01pm Thu 1 Nov 12

v.randy says...

Shocking indulgence.
People starving and all these people can think of is more face stuffing and buying crap no one wants...give it a break!!!!
Shocking indulgence. People starving and all these people can think of is more face stuffing and buying crap no one wants...give it a break!!!! v.randy

7:08pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

v.randy wrote:
Shocking indulgence.
People starving and all these people can think of is more face stuffing and buying crap no one wants...give it a break!!!!
I see you have your sarcastic head one! Prat !
[quote][p][bold]v.randy[/bold] wrote: Shocking indulgence. People starving and all these people can think of is more face stuffing and buying crap no one wants...give it a break!!!![/p][/quote]I see you have your sarcastic head one! Prat ! Olivia2847

7:00am Fri 2 Nov 12

notinwestcliffanymore says...

v.randy wrote:
Shocking indulgence. People starving and all these people can think of is more face stuffing and buying crap no one wants...give it a break!!!!
Generally starving people don t celebrate chrismas....and surely you mean give US a three week break!!!.
[quote][p][bold]v.randy[/bold] wrote: Shocking indulgence. People starving and all these people can think of is more face stuffing and buying crap no one wants...give it a break!!!![/p][/quote]Generally starving people don t celebrate chrismas....and surely you mean give US a three week break!!!. notinwestcliffanymore

11:17am Fri 2 Nov 12

Leighexpat says...

At least the Reindeer s are alive !
At least the Reindeer s are alive ! Leighexpat

12:17pm Fri 2 Nov 12

Rochford Rob says...

Who is starving? Certainly none of the land whales I see wobbling about in Southend, that's for sure.

As Bob Geldorf and his mates sung 'Do they know it's Christmas time at all?'

No, given that most Ethiopians are muzzies who prefer to spend our aid on guns.
Who is starving? Certainly none of the land whales I see wobbling about in Southend, that's for sure. As Bob Geldorf and his mates sung 'Do they know it's Christmas time at all?' No, given that most Ethiopians are muzzies who prefer to spend our aid on guns. Rochford Rob

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