Chelmsford City Council

Chelmsford Lights up for Christmas

Christmas has now arrived in Chelmsford thanks to actor Joe Thomas, best known for his role as Simon Cooper in the hit television series ‘The Inbetweeners’, pushing the plunger to light up Chelmsford’s High Street and Bond Street.

Thousands of people attended the big switch-on event on Sunday 18 November to see Joe Thomas return to his hometown to reveal the magnificent brand-new light displays in the city centre, as well as setting off a spectacular firework display for the grand finale near the Meadows Shopping Centre. 

The festivities began in Chelmsford High Street from 12pm with family friendly activities and festive food and drink, warming the crowds before the main stage entertainment. Martin and Su from Heart Essex presented a fantastic array of local and professional talent, with crowd pleasing performances from Winston and The Lads, Funky Voices community choir, Will Daly’s Drumming Group, Dancing Grannies and We3.  

This year’s brand new Christmas Lights were jointly funded by One Chelmsford (Chelmsford’s Business Improvement District), Chelmsford City Council, Bond Street and Can Bridge Management. 

Councillor Anthony McQuiggan, cabinet member for Corporate Services said, “The Christmas Lights switch-on event is the biggest annual event in the Chelmsford festive calendar and we were thrilled to see such big crowds of all ages having a great time, getting into the festive spirit under the magical new lights in the City Centre.”

Don’t forget Late Night Shopping begins in Chelmsford City Centre in December. Please check with individual stores for details of their opening times. To find out more about the Christmas Lights Switch On and other seasonal celebrations, please visit the City Council’s website at:

Tuesday 20 November 2018

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