So Halloween is over… Well it may be depending when your reading this??? and so Havering is preparing for Christmas. This week they announced that the parking will be free (well at least at the weekend)

In Romford Market the countdown to Christmas begins with the festive lights being switched on in this November.

The big switch-on, taking place from 4.30pm to 6.30pm on Thursday 14 November, kicks off the seasonal revelry in Havering, with other town centres following suit over subsequent days.

S Club 3, formed of three original members of S Club 7, will be headlining this year’s show. Upminster-based Vocal Jukebox Productions, a local music production company, will be bringing a show stopping performance of hit music from The Greatest Showman, including ‘The Greatest Show’, ‘Come Alive’, ‘Never Enough’ and ‘This is Me’.

Elm Park-based singer Charlie Dillon, who featured on The Voice Kids, will also be performing, along with a preview of the Queen’s Theatre seasonal pantomime Robin Hood, and Raiders Ice Hockey Team will be appearing with Bruce, their team mascot, who will be available during intervals for photo opportunities.

Children will also have the chance to meet some of their favourite characters and enjoy a spectacular firework finale. The event is made possible thanks to the generous sponsorship from Romford Business Improvement District and Everyone Active.

The switch-on in Romford’s Market Place is just part of the festive celebrations across Havering with events scheduled across the borough. On Saturday 16 November the Hornchurch Christmas Cracker returns to the town centre running from 11am to 5pm, on Thursday 21 November it’s the turn of Upminster to light up their Christmas between 3.30 and 6pm, and the traditional Rainham Village Christmas Fayre will be held this year on Saturday 7 December, starting at 10am.

Romford Market’s Christmas events return on 14 December until 24 December.

For details of all the seasonal events around Havering go to: www.havering.gov.uk/Christmas.