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Starry Line-up for Christmas Lights Switch-on

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Christmas lights switch on event 

Families from across Hailsham and surrounding areas are being urged to mark Friday 25th 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.

Acclaimed photographer Anthony Penrose will press the button to turn on the town’s Christmas lights in Vicarage Field at 6pm, alongside 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.

Festive entertainment will include a performance from the Peter Willson Choir at 5pm, and carol singing from students of Hailsham Community College and Grovelands Community Primary School will be provided at 5.30pm, leading up to the Christmas lights switch-on at 6pm.

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

Hailsham Parish Church will be hosting their Open Church from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at which free coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be served.

Deputy Town Mayor and chairman of the Town Council’s Communities Committee Councillor Amanda O’Rawe said: “”It’s all about bringing the community together to celebrate the countdown to Christmas with their friends and family. I hope the festive lighting and seasonal entertainment help create an amazing atmosphere in Hailsham and gives pleasure to residents and visitors alike.”

“The Christmas lights switch on is always a fun event which regularly attracts big crowds to the town centre,” said Karen Giddings, Festivities Officer at Hailsham Town Council. “Last year the Christmas lights switch on in the town centre attracted hundreds of people and we are hoping for similar crowds this year to come along, take part and join in the fun.”

For further details about the event and how to enter the Best Christmas Pizza Design competition, contact Karen Giddings on 01323 841702 or by email:

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Enquiries relating to this media release

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