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Press Release

Countdown to Christmas begins with Lighting Up Brentwood

Date: 15 November 2017

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with Lighting Up Brentwood just around the corner!

Brentwood Borough Council is preparing to host its annual festive event on Saturday 25 November from 12:30pm to 5.30pm in and around Brentwood High Street. The day will kick off at 12:30pm with Santa being pulled on his sleigh through the High Street to his grotto in the Sugar Hut.

Come along and enjoy some warm mulled wine or hot chocolate at the bar and start your Christmas shopping as you browse the stalls, which will include festive gifts, jewellery, clothes, sweets and treats and handmade crafts. Children can enjoy the funfair rides, visit Santa in his Sugar Hut based grotto, have their face painted or enjoy the newest addition to our event this year…an ice-rink! They can also pop over to the Chicken and Frog bookshop to take part in the Santa Hunt competition, which will run until Monday 16th December, with some great prizes donated by local businesses.

And when you are feeling peckish you can enjoy the array of food on offer, from jerk chicken, exotic burgers, jacket potatoes and hot chestnuts, to donuts, sausages and Christmas puddings.

This year we are lucky to have three stage areas, programmed and hosted by Churches Together in Brentwood, these are located in the following areas:

  • Centre stage - outside Marks and Spencer
  • Choral stage - at the Chapel Ruins
  • West End stage - outside Chutney Joe’s

There will be some fantastic acts to enjoy all day, including performances from choirs, soloists, schools and performing arts groups. And the main event will be the Christmas lights switch on by the Mayor of Brentwood, Councillor Will Russell and guests, at 5pm on the Centre Stage.

Street performances will include a range of acts, from the mystical and majestic Snow Lion who will be prowling around the High Street to some cheeky Acro-Juggling Elves who will be up to mischief and tumbling around. Stand to attention when you see the Guardsmen standing tall and watching over all the crowds, whilst Granny Turismo will whizz around on their shopping trolleys – the world’s first and only shopping trolley dance display team!

Brentwood Borough Council's Chair of the Community, Health and Housing Committee, Councillor Chris Hossack, said: "Our Lighting Up Brentwood event is back, and the entertainment will be better than ever. It is a real community event and the ideal opportunity for residents to enjoy the festive atmosphere while starting their Christmas shopping in the High Street. We are also fortunate to have a great mix of local and independent shops locally, which are really worth visiting to pick up those special Christmas gifts. We are also fortunate to have a great mix of local and independent shops locally, which are really worth visiting to pick up those special Christmas gifts.

There will be lots to see, do and enjoy, so join us on Saturday 25 November to kick off the festive season.

Thanks must go to the Baytree Centre, Signature Care Homes: The Beeches, K M Developers UK Ltd, Brentwood Razzamataz and Brentwood Theatre 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.

For more information, please contact 01277 312500, visit www.brentwood.gov.uk/events, email events@brentwood.gov.uk, or follow the twitter feed @bwoodevents.

-ENDS-

Notes to editors

A poster and pictures are available.

Media Contact: Safira Ali

Tel: 01277 312895

Email: safira.ali@brentwood.gov.uk