The weather was kind to Seaford when Christmas Magic and Late Night Shopping took place on Friday December 7.
It stayed clear for the event when only the night before, Sussex had been deluged with torrential rain.
Seaford mayor Linda Wallraven was joined by Father Christmas outside Barclays Bank to switch the Christmas lights on.
Stallholders were selling food, gifts and raising funds for charities, while many of the town’s shops stayed open late.
Many traders dressed as elves or other festive figures and also took part in the best dressed shop front which was judged by cllr Linda Wallraven and town clerk Sam Shippen.
Funfair rides, singing from the Archway Choir and musical entertainment at the Base were also highlights of the evening.
There was also a chance to meet Father Christmas in his grotto at Redgold Opticians.
It was organised by Seaford Town Council in conjunction with Seaford Chamber of Commerce.
Seaford Town Council clerk Sam Shippen said: “Late Night Shopping was a great success with more shops opening than in recent years and the return of some funfair rides to add to the entertainment.
“The weather was cold but dry which was a bonus. There was a crowd of about a thousand people.
“We introduced a new lighting scheme on a three year hire agreement with leading Christmas Lights provider Blachere Illuminations, there were many compliments given in respect of the new scheme.
“The event was once again a successful event and one which has become part of the Seaford calendar, we would like to thank those businesses who sponsored publicity materials and helped us stage the event and also those who opened their doors late into Friday evening.
“We welcome any feedback from traders or members of the public which we will review before planning next year’s event.”
The Best Dressed Shop Window competition was won by Home Hardware and the Retro Market, runner up was Foam & Fabric and highly commended were Fonetastic, Sinclair’s and Willow Tree Trading.