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Christmas lights switch on event 

Families from across Hailsham and surrounding areas are being urged to mark Saturday 21st 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 live entertainment in addition to the big switch-on, which will see the town centre transformed into a winter wonderland of twinkling Christmas lights.

Hailsham entertainer and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Peter Lambert will press the button to turn on the lights at 5.30pm, 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.

Entertainment including carol singing from students of Hailsham Community College and Grovelands Community Primary School will be provided from 4.15pm, continuing after the switch-on.

If that was not enough, there will also be balloon modelling from 4pm to 6pm and Santa & his Sleigh (provided by Hailsham Rotary Club) will be handing out free sweets to children from 4.15pm to 6pm. Christmas music will be playing on a PA system, courtesy of Hailsham Festival FM.

Hailsham Parish Church will be hosting their Open Church from 4.30pm to 6.30pm at which free coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be served, and Dominos Pizza will be handing out free pizza slices throughout the evening.

“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.

“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.”

Deputy Town Mayor and chairman of the Town Council’s Communities Committee Councillor Amanda O’Rawe said: “An exciting party of music, entertainment and the festive switch-on of the Christmas lights is being planned and I’m delighted that Peter Lambert will be performing the official switch on.”

“The switch on is one of the most popular events of the year in Hailsham and we look forward to another wonderful night with this year promising a bigger and better night out.”

Councillor Chriss Triandafyllou, vice-chairman of the Communities Committee commented: “Last year the Christmas lights switch on in the town centre attracted hundreds of people and we are hoping for similar crowds this year. I hope as many people as possible 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
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