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Preparations Under Way for Christmas Lights Switch-on

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Families from across Hailsham and surrounding areas are being urged to mark Friday 26th November in their diaries as the date when the town will officially switch on its Christmas lights (restrictions permitting).

After missing out on the big event last year due to Covid restrictions in place at the time, Hailsham is gearing up for a spectacular show in 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 at the event as usual (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 including candy floss (provided by Hailsham Lions), plus Mickey and Minnie Mouse will be in attendance at the event to say hello to the children and Hailsham FM will be playing Christmas music throughout.

Hailsham Parish Church will be open during the event to warmly welcome visitors after the switch-on, serving free marshmallows and hot chocolate and other hot beverages.

“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!” said Town Mayor Cllr Paul Holbrook.

“It’s such a shame that we were unable to hold the event last year due to the pandemic and restrictions in place – disappointing for all of us. But, subject to there being no reinstating of restrictions before then, we’re delighted to be able to bring this much-anticipated and amazing community event to you once again.”

“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.”

Full details of the event will be announced soon via the local press, and on the Town Council’s website social media pages and website (

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

Enquiries relating to this media release

Terry Hall, Communications Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
Telephone: 01323 841702 | Email: