Town gears up for switch-on in Hailsham

Christmas Lights in Hailsham
Christmas Lights in Hailsham

Hailsham will bathe in the glow of festive lights when the town’s annual Christmas lights switch on takes places on November 22.

Families from across Hailsham and surrounding areas are being urged to attend the event where there will be live entertainment.

Hailsham is gearing up for the spectacular show on Vicarage Field which will see the town centre transformed into a winter wonderland of twinkling Christmas lights.

The lucky winner of the Best Christmas Pizza Design competition, organised by Hailsham Town Council in partnership with Dominos Pizza, will have the honour of switching on the Christmas tree and town centre lights at 5pm alongside the Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Jo Bentley.

Entertainment will be provided directly before and after the switch-on in Vicarage Field, including singing performances from Hailsham Community College students and Grovelands Primary School pupils from 4.45pm to 5.15pm.

There will be balloon modelling from 4pm until 5.30pm and Christmas music will also be playing on a PAsystem at the event, courtesy of Hailsham Festival FM.

Father Christmas will also be in attendance accepting letters from children from 4pm-5.30pm.

Festive refreshments including mince pies and mulled wine will be available provided by Tesco from which money raised will go to charity.

Hailsham Parish Church will be hosting its Open Church from 4pm to 6pm at which free coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be served.

The Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Bentley, said: “Hailsham’s Christmas Lights switch-on gets better year after year and the town council’s festivities team has been working hard to make this year’s show the best one yet.

“I’m delighted to be involved with turning on the Christmas lights and we hope to see as many families as possible joining us for a spectacular event of festive fun.”

Cllr Chriss Triandafyllou, chairman of the town council’s Festivities and Events Committee, added: “The Christmas lights switch-on is one of the most popular events of the year in Hailsham and we look forward to another wonderful night.

“Whenever the Christmas lights are switched on the town centre looks wonderfully festive and this year will be no exception.

“I hope as many people as possible come along and take part in what promises to be a very special evening for people of all ages.”