Hundreds of people attended Newhaven’s Christmas Shopping Extravaganza in the High Street on Saturday (December 13).
The event was organised jointly by Newhaven Chamber of Commerce and the Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA).
There were lots of stalls selling everything from Christmas gifts, clothes, homeware, cards, home made cakes, mulled wine, exotic meats, to mince pies and hot chestnuts.
Organisers said trade was brisk and several of the traders said business had been good.
Entertainment was provided in the morning by Haven Harmonies, the Newhaven Community choir, who performed a selection of Christmas music. They were followed by the Glynde, Lewes and Beddingham Brass Band and Up Tempo dancers.
One of the highlights for the children was a visit to Santa’s grotto. Santa was kept busy all morning and out on the streets, the local zookeeper with his pet Emu also kept many of the children entertained while their parents were shopping.
Sally Foote, SCDA’s event’s organiser, said: “It was great to see so many people enjoying the shopping and the festivities, the High Street was busier than I have seen it for a long time. Thanks to all who came along to support us.”
Annie Lorys, president of the Newhaven Chamber of Commerce, said: “This year’s Christmas Shopping event has been a great success and I would like to thank everyone that gave up their time and worked hard to achieve this - all our regular traders and in particular our joint organisers the SCDA, as well as all the volunteers who gave up their time. The Chamber would also like to give special thanks to Veolia Environmental Services whose continued sponsorship of our community events is invaluable.”