EASTBOURNE is counting down to Christmas already with a bumper weekend of festivities at the end of November.
Visitors can look forward to an early dusting of Christmas Magic on November 26 with a festive extravaganza in the town centre, including children’s funfair rides, market stalls with Christmas gifts and fresh produce, and a packed programme of street entertainment and a dancing band.
Christmas shopping continues in the Enterprise Centre as it hosts its first Christmas Gift Market. Shoppers can browse 35 stalls offering handmade gifts, wooden toys, handcrafted jewellery, Christmas cakes and more, while getting into the festive spirit with free mulled wine, mince pies and live music.
Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism and Leisure Cllr Neil Stanley said, “What a fantastic month we have coming up - packed full of festive spirit and the magic of Christmas.
For Christmas gifts with a difference, visitors can find unique pieces from more than 40 artists and makers in the Christmas Open Houses weekends from November 26-27 and December 3-4.
Artists will open their homes to visitors around the town to showcase their work, while the Redoubt Fortress will bring artists and makers together.
Christmas shopping events continue with the return of Little Christmas on December 9 in Eastbourne’s Little Chelsea.
This traditional evening street event will welcome the arrival of Santa and his reindeer, while visitors can enjoy carol singing, festive food with a hog roast and roasted chestnuts, and treasure trails for the kids.
Art Attack legend Neil Buchanan will make a special appearance to launch his debut collection of fine art at Viewpoint Art Gallery.
On Sunday, December 11, the Arndale Centre continue the Christmas magic with more festive retail therapy fun.
For those who want to feel like Father Christmas themselves don’t miss the Santa Fun Run & Walk on December 4.
Throw on a Santa suit and jingle all the way along Eastbourne’s three-mile seafront prom to raise funds for the Myasthenia Gravis Association.
Festivities continue throughout December with the return of the traditional free Christmas and Boxing Day Concerts at the Bandstand.
Enjoy a traditional concert with Eastbourne Silver Band on Christmas Day and get on your feet and dance along to The Ray Campbell Dance Band on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.