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Festive Line-up for Christmas Lights Switch-on

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Christmas lights 

Families from across Hailsham and surrounding areas are being urged to mark Friday 23rd 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.

Santa will be handing out free sweets to children and pupils from Hailsham Community College and Grovelands Community Primary School will be carol singing before the official switch-on, which takes place at 6pm.

The lucky winners of the Best Christmas Pizza Design competition (organised by Domino’s 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 be festive refreshments on sale including candy floss (courtesy of Hailsham Lions) and roasted chestnuts.

Hailsham FM will be playing Christmas music throughout the event and Hailsham Parish Church will be open to the public after the switch-on, where there will be background music and free hot drinks served, including hot chocolate.

Cllr Chriss Triandafyllou, Vice-Chairman of the Town Council’s Communities Committee 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.”

The Town Council and project partners are also in full swing with the organisation of this year’s Christmas Market, which takes place in Vicarage Field on Saturday 15th December.

The event will feature a range of stalls selling fine food, Christmas gifts, cards, confectionary and other items and various festive refreshments will be on sale including mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and a hog roast to tempt visitors.

There will be live music provided by The Sussex Stompers and carol singing from Christchurch Hailsham, as well as a free festive performance from Wealden Brass at Hailsham Parish Church at 2.30pm.

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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