We are pleased to invite you to come and watch the Christmas glow illuminate Chelmsford at the annual Christmas Lights Switch On event taking place Sunday 27 November.

Heart Essex radio presenters Martin and Sue host this year’s event, showcasing a sparkling mix of local and professional talent from the stage outside Shire Hall.

Helping keep the masses entertained from 2pm until the firework finale at 5pm we have:

Hackney Colliery Band

Hackney Colliery Band have had a simply phenomenal few years. From playing a 45 minute set at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics and sets at the MOBO, Brit and Mercury Awards to live sessions on BBC Two, BBC Radio 2 and Jazz FM. When not touring and selling out venues worldwide they have collaborated with the likes of Amy Winehouse and Jamie Cullum. http://www.hackneycollieryband.co.uk

‘Reinventing the brass band format for the 21st century’
The Times

‘One of the greatest live bands we have in this country’
BBC Radio 2

Jordan Gray

Hailing from Essex, Jordan made TV history as the first ever Transgender contestant on The Voice where she was a semi-finalist on Paloma Faith’s team. But before TV fame she had already built up a solid local reputation for her regular performances at local venues where her music and stage persona have been compared to the likes of Marc Bolan, Kate Bush, Freddy Mercury, David Bowie and Florence Welch. Jordan’s new single ‘Platinum’ will be available to download November 25th. www.jordangrayofficial.com

Winston and The Lads

Another act flying the flag for local talent are the hugely popular and charismatic 5-piece, Winston and the Lads. Prepare to be blown away with their energetic mix of covers and festive sing-alongs.

The BIG Sing

This year we welcome the vocal talents of local community choir, The Big Sing. Not only have they performed alongside the likes of Ellie Goulding and London Community Gospel Choir but they have also sung for the Jamie Oliver, toured with Leona Lewis and featured on TV as finalists on BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year competition. www.big-sing.com

Essex A.C.F Corps of Drummers

Helping kick off the main stage entertainment the Essex A.C.F Corps of Drummers will be starting proceedings by leading spectators up through the city centre to Shire Hall.

But before the main stage entertainment begins there are festive treats lined up in Chelmsford City Centre from 12pm including face painting, mulled wine, walkabout panto fun, tombola and all important Santa & sleigh.

When you aren’t watching the fun, this is the perfect opportunity for those who wish to do a bit of Christmas shopping. Keep an eye out for any special offers and deals from the shops! Christmas can be an expensive time, so to help you get the best deals this year a little book of big offers will be available once more, giving you discounts for the rest of the holiday season.

The following week, Late Night Shopping begins in Chelmsford City Centre on Thursday nights.

As always, the event is completely FREE ENTRY