THE entertainment for the return of a Christmas festival in the high street has been unveiled, as organisers promise a "great evening".

Chairman of this year's Maldon Christmas Festival, councillor Michael Pearlman has promised a great evening as all the stops have been pulled out for the festive event.

The event will welcome the re-opening of the High Street and aims to put residents in the Christmas spirit.

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Lights will be switched on by town mayor David Ogg on November 25 at 5pm outside All Saints Church, after the 4pm kick off.

This year there is set to be tons of entertainment stretching from West Square to Butt Lane until 9pm.

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Acts revealed include Terry Batt as Buddy Holly, John Wiffen as Jerry Lee Lewis, The Sun-Rayz band providing backing for Louie B as compere, SMC Today Jukebox, The Big Sing community choir, Dave Norwood, Ash, Sunscreen, and DJ Badger.

Besides the late night opening of the High Street shops there will also be over 40 stalls offering a wide variety of craft and food and drink.

There will also be a barbeque outside the Sark Restaurant.

Plenty of entertainment is set to thrill children too with a Punch and Judy show, Santa’s grotto, live reindeers, and characters from the popular film Frozen.

Mr Pearlman said: "Don’t miss this exciting and come along and enjoy the evening."

A free shuttle bus will run between Morrisons and the High Street for guests.

For more details on the businesses taking part visit Maldon Christmas Festival on Facebook.