Christmas lights switch-on and free Gingerbread trail

Poster for the Braintree Gingerbread Trail

The Gingerbread Trail opens in Braintree on Saturday November 20 - Credit: Braintree District Council

Braintree switches on its Christmas lights on Saturday (November 20).

The fun starts at 12noon, with live music ahead of the 5.30pm switch-on.

It's the same day a free Gingerbread Trail opens, encouraging participants to find 27 gingerbread characters hidden in windows of shops and businesses across the town centre.

Participants will be able to pick up a free trail map at Braintree Town Hall, Braintree Library or visit

Once they have completed the trail, shoppers can return them to Braintree Town Hall, Braintree Library or Causeway House.

They will receive a certificate of thanks from Father Christmas, a sticker and be entered into a prize draw for prizes donated by local businesses.

The free trail will be available until Monday, December 20.

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