PREPARE for Christmas stalls and bright lights to fill the streets with cheer in Maldon at the end of this month.

The annual vintage Christmas fayre will be returning to the high street on Thursday, November 29.

High Street will be closed off to make way for various stalls and entertainments, late night shopping and a switch on of the Christmas lights.

A spokesman said: “Starting at 6pm, there will be late night shopping, a street market, choirs, music, hospitality hosted by shops, and competitions.

“Saint FM will be putting on a range of entertainment from the big stage which will be near All Saints’ Church in High Street.

“Santa and his reindeer will also be in town from 6pm to 8pm in our Winter Wonderland at the far end of Bright’s Path, accessible via Old Mill Close.”

Maldon’s town mayor will turn on the Christmas lights at 7pm.

The live entertainment for the evening will include Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison live tributes, and an 80 person flash mob and a performance from the Big Sing choir.

This year’s theme will be fifties rock and roll.

Visitors may come in fancy dress for the evening and a prize will be awarded for the best dressed visitor.

There will also be prizes awarded for best dressed small shop window, best dressed large shop window and best Christmas themed market stall.

The whole event will be from 6pm to 9pm. The fayre is free for all visitors.

There will also be a free shuttle bus service from Morrisons in Wycke Hill to the town centre.

For details, visit maldontowncouncil.gov.uk/maldon-vintage-christmas-fayre.