Following last week’s Top Five, and proving you can never have enough Christmas events, here’s our part two of the some of the best attractions around.

1. Big Christmas Light Switch-On, High Street and Culver Square, Colchester, Sunday, 11am to 5.15pm.

It’s the big one as the town gets set for another festive frenzy. Santa will be joining the Mayor on stage in front of the Town Hall for the Big Light Switch-On at 5pm, but before that there’s plenty to do with a carnival atmosphere of bands, choirs and street performances throughout the day.

2. Boxted Methodist Silver Band and Christmas Tree Lighting, Village Hall, Boxted, Sunday, 3pm.

Go and see the only Methodist band in England, the Boxted Methodist Silver Band, as they help the village celebrate with carols, the lighting of the village Christmas Tree, mulled wine and warm mince pies plus live music by Tessa Collitt. One of 23 events which the band will be performing over the next ten weeks. Although the Methodist Church shut in the summer, the band will keep on playing.

3. Churchfitters, Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street, December 14, doors 7.45pm. £11, £10 concessions. 01206 500900.

A very special seasonal set from one of the Folk Club’s most popular bands. Originally formed in the town but now based in France, there will be some old favourites, classic folk tunes and of course a little bit of Christmassy magic.

4. Carols on the Quay, Rowhedge and Wivenhoe, December 22, 6pm. Free.

Take your pick either side of the Colne as these two estuary towns mark the start of Christmas with some carols, mulled wine and plenty of good cheer.

5. Kate Rusby, Charter Hall, Leisure World, Colchester, December 9, 7.30pm. £29 plus booking fee. 01206 573948.

Kate has been performing her celebration of the forgotten folk songs linked with the festive season for more than ten years and with her latest album, Holly Head, there’s no sign of her stopping, thank goodness. Make sure you catch our interview with Kate in Friday’s Gazette.