Hailsham is gearing up for a spectacular show at the official switching-on of the town’s Christmas lights, taking place in Vicarage Field on Friday 25th November, featuring festive entertainment, refreshments and more!
Santa will be handing out free sweets to children at the event (courtesy of Hailsham Rotary Club) and pupils from Hailsham Community College and Years 1 and 2 of their primary school will be carol singing prior to the official switch-on of the lights, which will take place at 6pm.
If that was not enough, there will be festive refreshments on sale, plus Hailsham FM will be playing Christmas music throughout.
Hailsham Parish Church will be open to the public directly after the switch-on and looks forward to welcoming residents and visitors, serving free hot chocolate with marshmallows.
Actor Jon Campling, who appeared in two Harry Potter films among other movies, will switch on the lights alongside the Town Mayor.
“Hailsham’s Christmas lights switch-on is one of the town centre’s biggest annual events and the traditional and tasteful line-up of festive entertainment planned means it’s going to be the best yet!” said Town Mayor Cllr Paul Holbrook. “The switch-on event is about bringing the community together to celebrate the countdown to Christmas with their friends and family, and we are hoping that lots of people will come along, take part and join in the fun.”
If that was not enough, the Town Council and project partners are also in full swing with the organising of this year’s Hailsham Christmas Market, which takes place in the town centre on Saturday 10th December, from 9am to 3pm.
The town centre will be home to a range of stalls selling fine food, Christmas gifts, confectionery and various festive refreshments will be on sale including to tempt visitors, including mulled wine, mulled cider and festive gin.
The event will also feature Santa and his Sleigh as well as live music from The Chandeliers and The Sussex Stompers. Hailsham FM will be playing popular Christmas tunes throughout the day.
The Christmas Market will coincide with Hailsham Farmers’ Market, which will hold a special Christmas event at the Cattle Market site in Market Street, selling locally sourced food and crafts. There will be festive entertainment on-site, a Dame Dora Panto and ‘Best Dressed Elf’ and ‘Best Dressed Dog’ competitions on the day.
Hailsham Parish Church will be hosting Wealden Brass Band’s Christmas Concert at 2.30pm on the day (free entry).
Councillor Nigel Coltman, Vice-Chairman of the Town Council’s Communities Committee said: “We’re certainly getting into the Christmas spirit again and, having received encouraging feedback from shoppers and stallholders in previous years, we’re looking forward to doing it all again this December and making the event an even bigger success.”
Terry Hall, Communications & Public Information Officer
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