Enjoy the festive extravaganza in the run up to Christmas at this year’s Lighting Up Brentwood!
Brentwood Borough Council is preparing to host its annual festive event on Saturday 26th November from 1pm to 5.30pm in and around Brentwood High Street. Visitors can enjoy some warm mulled drinks or hot chocolate at the bar and start their Christmas shopping at the many gift stalls that will be present on the day.
Shoppers will be able to browse the stalls, which will include jewellery, sweets and handmade crafts, whilst children can enjoy some funfair rides, visit Santa in his Sugar Hut based grotto, see the Nativity scene or have their face painted. They can also pop over to the Chicken and Frog Bookshop to take part in the Santa Hunt competition, which will run until Saturday, 10th December, with some great prizes donated by local businesses.
Chicken and Frog Bookshop will be hosting a grotto with Mrs Claus giving out free gifts to children and complimentary mince pies to parents, thanks to support from the Brentwood Borough Renaissance Group.
And when you are feeling peckish you can enjoy the array of food on offer, from jerk chicken, burgers and donuts, to sausages, pulled pork and yummy biscuits.
Entertainment on the main stage by Wilson’s Corner will be hosted by Phoenix FM, with a brilliant programme scheduled by Churches Together in Brentwood. It will include some fantastic acts, including gospel and school choirs. The evening’s entertainment will culminate with a candle-lit nativity from St Thomas’ Junior School choir and the Mayor of Brentwood, Councillor Noelle Hones, will switch on the Christmas lights at 5pm on the main stage.
Street performances will include a range of acts, from Rex the baby dinosaur, who will be searching the High Street looking for some tasty Christmas treats to some brilliant Christmas LED hoverboarders. You can also see a friendly reindeer and comedy performances from the Natural Theatre Company, whose Elfies will be looking for any opportunity to take some selfies.
Visitors will also be able to enjoy a traditional Christmas market taking place in Bennetts Funeral courtyard from 11.30am to 4.30pm in aid of Saint Francis Hospice. Attractions will include gingerbread-making, gift stalls, a hog roast and choirs.
Brentwood Borough Council’s Vice Chair of the Community and Health Committee, Councillor Olivia Sanders, said:
“We are really looking forward to this year’s Lighting Up Brentwood and for residents to enjoy the festive atmosphere while starting their Christmas shopping. There will be lots to see and do for all the family, including some fantastic entertainment and street performers.
Thanks must go to the Baytree Centre, and F9 Consulting Ltd for their invaluable sponsorship which allows us to bring local families some great entertainment this year.”
Residents are advised that Brentwood High Street will be closed for traffic between 8.30am and 7.30pm. Traffic will be diverted through William Hunter Way and Queen’s Road. Buses will be using diversion routes and temporary bus stops will be in place in William Hunter Way and Ingrave Road. Notices regarding location of temporary bus stops will be displayed in existing bus stops in Brentwood High Street.