Hailsham braces itself for Christmas lights switch-on

Hailsham Christmas
Hailsham Christmas

As the nights continue drawing in and temperatures begin to plummet, Hailsham will be bringing a welcome dose of warmth and merriment to the winter evenings when this year’s Christmas lights are switched on.

The countdown to Christmas in Hailsham will begin in Vicarage Field at 4.30pm on Saturday (December 1) with live music, followed by the switching on the Christmas tree and town centre lights at 5pm.

“The Christmas lights switch-on is always a luminous affair which regularly attracts great crowds to the town centre,” said Town Mayor Councillor Jo Bentley, who will be attending the event.

“It’s all about bringing the community together to celebrate the countdown to Christmas with their friends and family and I hope the festive lighting helps create an amazing atmosphere in Hailsham and give pleasure to both residents and visitors to the town.”

Asda and Waitrose will be supplying mince pies and beverages to the public.

The Town Council is also making final preparations for this year’s Christmas Market and Skating Rink which takes places in the High Street the following Saturday (December 8), another event set to bring energy and a festive atmosphere to the town centre. The High Street will be home to stalls selling a wide range of local and regional fine food, Christmas gifts, decorations, cards, cakes, jewellery and other items. A mouth-watering hog roast, roasted chestnuts and mulled wine are also a highlight of the event to tempt visitors.

There will be an open-air ice rink in the High Street and the Christmas Market boasts music from The Jazz Caverners and local band South of Saturn. There will also be Father Christmas, organised by Hailsham Rotary Club in partnership with Hailsham Town Council, who will be present in the High Street from midday to 4pm, and face painting for the children. The skating rink will be open from 11am and the Christmas Market from midday, both finishing at 6pm.