Good weather helped Uckfield celebrate a busy and successful Late Night Shopping event on Friday.
Mark Arno, of Carvills, one of the organisers from Uckfield Chamber of Commerce, said: “The town was rammed with people.
“We were very lucky with the weather and it was a super evening with the help of all the different organisations involved.
“We were so busy in the shop I didn’t manage to get outside. We were serving mulled wine until after 9pm - we got through gallons of mulled wine.
“The stage with eight schools singing carols went very well, the hog roast ran out and the Christmas Fair in Olives Yard was very busy - it was just brilliant.”
Santa had a continuous lengthy queue of children and their parents waiting to see him when he called in.
He stopped the Uckfield Lions Club’s sleigh he borrowed for the evening outside the Lions Bookshop at Bridge Cottage, High Street.
The Lions’ Sleigh has been a popular fixture at the event for a number of years and 2012 was no exception.
After he landed just after 5pm he had plenty of children waiting to see him until the cold and exhaustion meant the reindeer needed to return to their stable.
The Lions said they soon stopped counting the children - they were outnumbered all evening. They reporterd a very large number of children in Uckfield who had precise specifications of the presents they want.
“God help the parents who get it wrong,” was the cry.
While they were waiting to see Santa, the queue took advantage of the Lions’ crepe stand, which did a roaring trade, and plenty of books were sold from the shop, including some collectables.
Also in town was the the Rotary Club Christmas tree and lights, a hog roast and entertainment in Olives Yard, a Nativity scene and Hobbiton in Elizabeth Gardens run by Kings Church and children from eight local primary schools entertained visitors with some singing on the UFM stage at the Post Office Square.
Presenters Peter Suter and Jacqui Rushton were with the UFM team were in the High Street capturing the atmosphere of festive cheer and broadcasting live.