Christmas events across Seahaven look set to be a real cracker

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Residents hoping to get into the Christmas spirit in Seahaven are spoilt for choice this year, with a whole host of festive events taking place during the coming weeks.

Seaford Christmas Magic and Late Night Shopping will be held on Friday December 7 where Father Christmas and Seaford Mayor Linda Wallraven will switch on the Christmas lights at 5.30pm outside Barclays Bank in Broad Street.

Father Christmas will then welcome children to his grotto in Redgold Opticians.

There will be stalls selling food and gifts, as well as stalls promoting community groups and charities to raise essential funds to support their services.

The event runs from 5pm-9pm, with many of the town centre shops open late.

Broad Street, Place Lane, High Street and Sutton Road will close to traffic at 2.30pm to allow stalls and entertainment areas to be set up. The event is being organised by Seaford Town Council.

Funfair rides will return to the side streets, plus there will be street performances by choirs, singers and other entertainers.

In Newhaven the town’s Christmas Extravaganza will take place on Saturday December 8 in Newhaven High Street 9am to 4pm.

The day will feature a market, craft and community stalls, live seasonal music and carols, as well as a Santa’s grotto.

There will also be children’s activities and rides, as well as a magician.

In the week before the Extravangza, the Newhaven mayor’s annual Christmas Carol Concert will be held at St Michael’s Church in Church Hill on Tuesday December 4.

The historic church, which dates to the 12th century will be the backdrop for Christmas music from the Maestro Players, Rick Sharpe and a join school choir featuring singers from Meeching, South Down and Denton Schools.

The concert starts at 6pm and tickets cost £2 on the door.

Money is going to Newhaven charities Haydn’s Wish and The Breakout Centre.

In Peacehaven a carol concert will be held on Wednesday December 12 at the main hall in Community House.

Tickets will be available from the Information Office from November 30, but are limited to two per person only.

A Christmas Festival will be held on Wednesday December 20 at the Meridian Centre, with 40 stalls selling Christmas items and promoting community groups.

Plus Santa will be in his grotto in Co-op from Friday December 14, then on Saturday 15, Thursday 20 and Saturday 22. Anyone who would like to donate towards the children’s gift bags to be received from Santa, should contact the town council on 01273 585493.

Churches in Peacehaven and Telscombe are staging Christmas Day lunch for people who would otherwise be eating alone.

The successful event was held last year and churches are staging it again at the Church of the Ascension hall.

Meals will be delivered to people in their homes where this is required.

No charge will be made whether people come to the hall or have meals delivered, but booking is essential. The lunch can also include couples and single parents with children. To book or volunteer call 07944 302524 or christmasdaylunch@yahoo.co.uk