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Festive Line-up for Hailsham’s Christmas Lights Switch-on

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Families from across Hailsham and surrounding areas are being urged to mark Friday 24th November in their diaries as the date when the town will officially switch on its Christmas lights.

Hailsham is gearing up for a spectacular show on Vicarage Field featuring festive entertainment in addition to the big switch-on, which will see the town centre transformed into a winter wonderland of twinkling Christmas lights.

Festive entertainment will include carol singing from students of Hailsham Community College and Grovelands Community Primary School from 4.30pm, leading up to the Christmas lights switch-on at 6pm.

The lucky winners of the Best Christmas Pizza Design competition (organised by Dominos Pizza in partnership with Hailsham Town Council) which will be announced before the switch-on, will press the button to turn on the town’s Christmas lights.

If that was not enough, there will also be a candy floss stall (provided by Hailsham Lions) and Santa & his Sleigh (courtesy of Hailsham Rotary Club) will be handing out free sweets to children.

Hailsham FM will be playing Christmas music throughout the event and Hailsham Parish Church will be hosting their Open Church from 6.15pm to 7pm, where there will be background music and free hot drinks served, including hot chocolate.

Deputy Town Mayor and chairman of the Town Council’s Communities Committee Councillor Amanda O’Rawe said: “Hailsham’s Christmas lights switch-on is one of the town centre’s biggest annual events and the traditional and tasteful entertainment line-up of live entertainment planned means it’s going to be the best yet!”

“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.”

Hailsham’s town centre seasonal lights display, funded and managed by the Town Council, has received sponsorship towards overall costs this year and the Town Council would like to take the opportunity to thanks all sponsors for their financial support.

Sponsors for the 2017 Christmas lights scheme include St Mary’s Walk owners Lyrit Ltd and Hailsham & District Chamber of Commerce.

“We are extremely grateful for the generosity and support of local businesses,” said Deputy Town Clerk & Business Enterprise Manager Mickey Caira. “Therefore, we’d like to publicly thank and congratulate those public-spirited businesses based in Hailsham which have seized the opportunity to help us ensure our town centre remains a prosperous and exciting place to visit during the festive period.”

For further details about the event contact Karen Giddings on 01323 841702 or by email:

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Terry Hall, Communications Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
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