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 www.visitbraintreedistrict.co.uk/whats-on/gingerbreadtrail

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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