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CHRISTMAS DELIGHTS Welcome to your guide to all things festive in Southend-on-Sea. During November and December Southend town centre and seafront come to life featuring live music, Christmas lights and fantastic festive fun for the whole family. From market stalls to fireworks, Youâ€™re On-Sea this Christmas!
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CHRISTMAS TOWN CENTRE OPENING HOURS LATE NIGHT SHOPPING EVERY THURSDAY FROM THURSDAY 5TH -19TH DEC*
Monday 16 Friday 20 Dec
Sunday 22 Dec 11am - 5pm
Monday 23 Dec 9am - 5.30pm
9am - 6pm
9am - 5pm
Friday 27 Dec
9am - 5.30pm
Saturday 28 Dec 9am - 5.30pm
Sunday 29 Dec
Monday 30 Dec 9am - 5.30pm
New Year’s Eve 9am - 5.30pm
New Year’s Day 10am - 5pm
9am - 7pm
Saturday 21 Dec 9am - 5.30pm
11am - 5pm
*see separate stores/centres for more details.
Christmas Palace Celebrate
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The Park Inn Palace hotel, Southend-On-Sea would like to welcome you to spend your festive celebrations with us, whether you are looking for a private party or join in one of our party nights our doors are always open. You might be looking for somewhere to hold a festive lunch or indeed treat the family on Christmas day? Our dedicated team will certainly promise you a celebration to remember, we will even provide the mistletoe. Finally, see the new year in at our New Years party, families are welcome. We have the best view in Southend for the fireworks at midnight.
Call the team on 01702 455155 or email email@example.com
Park for free* *Sleighs included!
From 4pm every Thursday and all day every Sunday in December Thursdays â€“ park for free from 4pm in all Council car parks, The Royals and Victoria Shopping Centres Sundays â€“ park for free at all Council car parks and The Victoria Shopping Centre Check onsouthend.com for locations.
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Southend VIP is the place to receive exclusive offers and treats to use within Southend town centre and seafront. Simply set up an account, then search and download the offers you’d like to use. Most offers have the option to be printed or sent directly to your mobile. You’ll receive regular email updates on our latest and most popular offers, events and products so you don’t miss out. For more offers like this great McDonald’s offer, sign up today at
CHRISTMAS PRESENT! For your chance to win all you have to do is answer this simple question;
What colour are the Christmas lights on the tree in Victoria Circus?
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VIP PRIZE THE ULTIMATE SOUTHEND CHRISTMAS PRESENT
£50 voucher to spend at Bella Italia
£40 voucher to spend at Salsa Restaurant
Thomas Sabo Perfume Gift Box with a Love Heart Charm from Mallard Jewellers
Chocolates from Thorntons
Fashion Rucksack from Boutique 69
Luxury hamper from Marks and Spencer
Traditional Sweet Hampers from Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shop
Limited edition bracelet from Pandora, Royals Shopping Centre
Family meal voucher for Tomassi’s Café
A necklace from Sarah Beth Jewellers
Three month unlimited bus pass on Arriva Buses
A hamper including Pier Train Tickets
A meal for two in Waves Restaurant at South Essex College
Main meal for two with a free bottle of Prosecco at the Slug and Lettuce in Southend
£200 vouchers to spend in the Victoria Shopping Centre
£25 voucher to spend at Yours
£50 voucher to spend at Quiz Clothing
TO ENTER Visit www.onsouthend.com and fill in the online form or alternatively send your answer, name, address, telephone number and email address to: Christmas VIP Competition, Southend BID, Pier Offices, Western Esplanade, Southend-on-sea, Essex, SS1 1EE.
CLOSING DATE Closing date for the competition is 5pm on the Sunday 15th December 2013. All entries are verified and then entered into a prize draw. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Terms and Conditions: A winner will be chosen from the correct entries on Sunday 15th December 2013. The winner will be announced on @onsouthend twitter at 3pm Monday 16th December and a date/time arranged for collection of the prize. In the event that the prize winner cannot be contacted, for whatever reason, another prize draw will be made and the prize allocated to a new winner. Open to all residents of the UK, except employees or agents of any company associated with the competition or the Christmas Spectacular group and their immediate families. The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative can be offered in whole or part. Prize details are subject to change. No purchase necessary. Entry into this promotion constitutes consent to use winners names and photos for any promotional purposes. All entries will be signed up to the VIP e-newsletter from onsouthend.com unless indicated otherwise.
Switch-on Saturday 16 November Itâ€™s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The Southend Christmas Spectacular returns this year with a day full of Christmas cheer for all the family.
All information correct at time of going to press.
CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR STAGE Victoria Circus from 11am 11.05
Alessandro Myer Singer Songwriter
Expressions Dance Group
Leigh Rock Choir
Expressions Dance School
12.00 Tom Bowen from Britain’s Got Talent 12.15
George Redwood from X Factor & The Voice
Funky Voices Award-Winning Choir
South Essex College Showcase
Funky Voices Award-Winning Choir
Expressions Dance School
Tom Bowen from Britain’s Got Talent
Sweet Cheeks Singing Group as seen on CBBC
16.00 Heart Stage & Switch On
Starting at Victoria Circus at1pm through the High Street to The Royals Shopping Centre at1.30pm Join in the fun as the magical Snow White themed parade makes its way along the High Street. The parade includes the cast of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from Cliffs Pavilion, a Samba Band, a Forest of Christmas Trees, 3 piece Jazz Band, Snowmen and Masked Characters all led by the Essex Marching Corps. The guest of honour will arrive (can you guess who it is!) drawn by his real life reindeer. Don’t forget to visit six of Santa’s favourite reindeer resting in their pen in Royal Square after the Parade.
Saturday 16 November
THE BIG SWITCH-ON! Victoria Circus from 4pm-5pm Heart FM Stage
Live entertainment from the Heart FM team before the Christmas Lights Switch-On including special guest Leanne Jarvis from The Voice.
FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR Seafront from 5.30pm
After a fun filled day head down to the seafront to enjoy the fireworks finale.
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT Pier Hill from 11am-5.30pm Southend Radio Stage
This year the team from Southend Radio will be hosting a stage at the top of Pier Hill with live entertainment and music.
CHRISTMAS FARMERS & CRAFT MARKET High Street from 8.30am-5.30pm
Stock up on yummy Christmas treats and beautiful unique gifts for your friends and family. This year’s market will be bigger and better than ever, and with over 40 stalls there is sure to be something for everyone.
Royal Square from 1.30pm-3.30pm Meet six of Santa’s best reindeers, don’t forget to come and say hello.
GIANT GAMES ARENA Victoria Shopping Centre from 11am-4pm You can play free Snakes & Ladders, Twister, Connect 4, Chess, Draught’s, Hop Scotch, Dominoes and much more.
FACE PAINTING The Royal’s & Victoria Shopping Centres from 11am-4pm Award-winning face painters ‘Dobby & Daughter’ will be in The Royal’s Shopping Centre in High Street Mall and the Victoria Shopping Centre next to the Teddy Station.
INTERACTIVE WICKED QUEEN’S MAGIC MIRROR Victoria Shopping Centre from 11am-4pm Take part in decorating the face of the Magic Mirror.
MR PICKLES High Street outside Boots from 11am-1pm Mr Pickles children’s entertainer will be performing his puppet show with balloons and magic throughout the day.
MEET MISS BALLOONIVERSE The Royals Shopping Centre from11am-12pm, 1pm-2pm, 3pm-4pm As seen on BBC TV, SKY and ITVs This Morning. Acclaimed Balloon Artist with over 250 creations in her repertoire.
EAST 15 FIRE SHOW Pier Hill from 5.10pm–5.30pm Watch the spectacular display by East 15 students.
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Southend.on.Sea Pier isn’t just the longest Pleasure Pier in the world, and the town’s iconic landmark. It’s also home to the Royal Pavilion, the most unique events venue in town. The Pavilion is capable of seating 185 people in it’s main hall in various layouts and also houses a 40 sq m artists’ studio. The Pavilion Café is an entirely exclusive eatery which offers fantastic, unrivalled views over the Thames Estuary from its covered terrace. There’s already a packed schedule of events over the coming months including film, music, and more. So why not add to the list with your next event?
For more details call on 01702 618747
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Your chance to take part in the county's most magical lantern parade on Sunday 1st December 2013
A wonderful fun Christmas event for the whole family! Starting at Southend Victoria Shopping Centre at 3.30pm and winding down through the high street. Participate as a family, team, school or organisation. Essex Fire and Rescue Service will be there to light the lanterns. The parade will culminate in a â€˜Carol-okeâ€™ sing-a-long finale outside Feelgoods on Southend Seafront.
Register to take part online now at southendandchelmsfordradio.com or radioessex.com sponsored by
fostering team First 1000 people to register will be provided with a lantern.
GIANT GAMES ARENA Victoria Shopping Centre11am-4pm You can play free snakes & ladders, twister, connect 4, chess, and much more.
SATURDAY 7 DECEMBER
FACE PAINTING Royal’s Shopping Centre11am-4pm Victoria Shopping Centre11am-4pm Award Winning face painters ‘Dobby & Daughter’ will be in the Royal’s Shopping Centre in High Street Mall and the Victoria Shopping Centre next to Teddy Station.
SANTA’S GROTTO Victoria Shopping Centre 10am-4pm Tell Santa what you would like this Christmas!
THE PIRATE GALLEON SHIP SAILING STAGE THEATRE Outside McDonalds 11am Outside Barclays 12.30pm Outside Lloyds Bank 2pm Outside Santander 3.30pm Pirate Galleon will be sailing around the crowd in their electric galleon which never fails to amuse and amaze. From a moving nautical stage, pirates, sailors, explorers, mermaids and more, all tell stories through sketches and comic banter, playing their music and taking everyone on a jolly journey.
MINI FARM AND INTERACTIVE WILDLIFE DISPLAY Outside The Royals Shopping Centre 11am-4pm Wildlife Display Under Bridge in High Street 11am-4pm For something different this festive season why not bring your family along to meet some special guests! These animals love to be petted and would love to meet you!
SOUTHEND SANTA BIKE RIDE Clifftown Road 1pm As part of the Festive Family Fun Day come and join Cycle Southend’s Santa Ride. An off-road (mainly cycle-paths) bike ride with a festive theme! Get dressed up or decorate your bike, or both! Starting at 1pm at The Comfy Saddle inside Southend Central Station, before heading to the Queensway cycle path to start a short festive fun ride.
INTERACTIVE WICKED QUEEN’S MAGIC MIRROR Victoria Circus 11.30am,1pm, 2.30pm, 3pm Take part in decorating the Face of the Magic Mirror.
ARRIVA STORY BUS STORYTELLING Victoria Circus 11.30am,1pm, 2.30pm, 3pm Don’t the miss the storytelling sessions from Cally Davis Drama as the magic of Christmas comes alive in the Arriva Story Bus.
MR PICKLES High Street outside Boots 11am-4pm Mr Pickles Children’s Entertainer will be performing his puppet show with balloons and magic throughout the day.
CHRISTMAS NATIVITY SCENE Royal’s Shopping Centre 11am-3pm Take centre stage and have your photo taken as part of the famous Nativity Scene, organised by the Christians in Central Southend. Whether you never got to be an angel in the nativity as a child, or you’re a group of friends who just want to dress up for fun, you can all get in the picture and be part of the Christmas story.
CAROLS FOR CHRISTMAS SATURDAY 14 DECEMBER CHRISTMAS CAROLS PLAYING IN THE HIGH STREET. NOTHING COULD BE MORE CHRISTMASSY! What could be merrier than shopping for Christmas gifts with Christmas carols ringing out festively in the background! Shop for all those lovely Christmas goodies and gifts accompanied by carols throughout the day from local choirs and brass bands.
SOUTHEND BRASS BAND
Under the railway bridge, High Street 11am-11.45am & 12.15pm-1pm
SOUTHEND GIRLS & BOYS CHOIR
Inside the Victoria Shopping Centre 11am to 4pm
Victoria Circus 12pm & 2pm
LEIGH ROCK CHOIR
Outside The Royals Shopping Centre High Street 11am to 4pm
ITALIAN DELIGHTS SATURDAY 14 DECEMBER THE ITALIAN CHRISTMAS MARKET Bring a taste of Italy to Christmas this year and visit the Italia In Piazza, for authentic Italian food, from olives stuffed with garlic, olive oil and parmesan to name just a few of the delights that will be on sale. Whether you need to brush up on your Italian, find an ingredient or simply want to indulge in some Italian atmosphere this festive season make sure you donâ€™t miss out! For full details visit www.onsouthend.com
FATHER CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE ISLAND From 30 November until Christmas Eve take the Adventure Wonderland Trail through the Crimble Tunnel to Santa’s Grotto where every child will go away with magical memories and a fabulous gift.
THE VICTORIA SHOPPING CENTRE
Santa and his magical grotto will be on the first floor of the Victoria Shopping Centre, in association with Cancer Research on Saturday £15 per child with one accompanying 16 & Sunday 17 November, Saturday 7 & 14 December. adult - additional adult £3. Special opening weekend 23rd and 24th November - just £10 per child with one accompanying adult.
SANTA ON THE PIER! Every weekend from Saturday 23 November until Sunday 15 December plus Saturday 21 December, Sunday 22 December & Monday 23 December. 10am - 4pm. To book call 01702 618747 or visit the Visitor Information Centre at The Pier.
TIK TOK Wall Clock
PANDORA Limited Edition Christmas Starter Bracelet
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THAT’S BIZARRE Personalised Glass and Bag
£45 £12 RAVENS Fragrance Lamp
BOUTIQUE 69 Rucksack
FRAME IT Sunflower Oil Painting and Frame
So much more to see besides the seaside Which ever attractions you’re here to see this Christmas, Arriva’s multi-journey bus tickets give you unlimited travel all day around Southend.
Family Day Saver* £7.50 * Valid all day for 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children travelling together.
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