Thousands of people turned out on Saturday (December 14) for Hailsham’s ‘Christmas Extravaganza’ which organisers have hailed a ‘resounding success’.
The event, organised by Hailsham Town Council in partnership with Hailsham Forward, saw a large number of stalls selling Christmas gifts, decorations, jewellery, and local produce.
The extravaganza featured festive entertainment including performances by the Kingfisher Marching Band, Jazz Caverners and South of Saturn.
There was a mouth-watering hog roast, roasted chestnuts and mulled wine, along with an open-air ice skating rink. Father Christmas also made a special guest appearance, courtesy of Hailsham Rotary Club, and Asda assisted by providing the gifts for the children.
Mayor Cllr Jo Bentley, who was a key organiser of the event, said: “The Christmas Extravaganza saw Hailsham town centre packed once more for the traditional Christmas retail period. I’m delighted that it has proven to be so popular and this was evident from the huge turnout from the local community and people of all ages. The market offered shoppers a truly engaging retail experience this season, with a veritable feast of quality fayre and we had plenty of festive music to get you in the mood, as well as activities for the children. Our aim when we set out was to produce a high quality Christmas event of which Hailsham could be proud, an aim, I believe, we achieved.”