TV star to switch on festive lights

Christmas lights at Hailsham. November 30th 2013 E49108P ENGSUS00120130212092841
Christmas lights at Hailsham. November 30th 2013 E49108P ENGSUS00120130212092841

Families from across Hailsham and surrounding areas are being urged to mark Saturday, November 21 in their diaries as the date when the town will officially switch on its Christmas lights.

Hailsham is gearing up for a spectacular show on Vicarage Field featuring live entertainment in addition to the big switch-on, which will see the town centre transformed into a winter wonderland of twinkling Christmas lights.

Hailsham entertainer and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist Peter Lambert will press the button to turn on the lights at 5.30pm, alongside the lucky winners of the Best Christmas Pizza Design competition (organised by Dominos Pizza in partnership with Hailsham Town Council) which will be announced before the switch-on.

Entertainment including carol singing from students of Hailsham Community College and Grovelands Community Primary School will be provided from 4.15pm, continuing after the switch-on.

If that was not enough, there will also be balloon modelling from 4pm to 6pm and Santa and his sleigh (provided by Hailsham Rotary Club) will be handing out free sweets to children from 4.15pm to 6pm.

Christmas music will be playing on a PA system, courtesy of Hailsham Festival FM.

Hailsham Parish Church will be hosting their Open Church from 4.30pm to 6.30pm at which free coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be served, and Dominos Pizza will be handing out free pizza slices throughout the evening.

“The Christmas lights switch on is always a fun event which regularly attracts big crowds to the town centre,” said Karen Giddings, Festivities Officer at Hailsham Town Council. “It’s all about bringing the community together to celebrate the countdown to Christmas with their friends and family. I hope the festive lighting and seasonal entertainment help create an amazing atmosphere in Hailsham and gives pleasure to residents and visitors alike.”

Deputy Town Mayor and chairman of the Town Council’s Communities Committee Councillor Amanda O’Rawe said: “An exciting party of music, entertainment and the festive switch-on of the Christmas lights is being planned and I’m delighted that Peter Lambert will be performing the official switch on.”

For further details about the event and how to enter the Best Christmas Pizza Design competition, contact Karen Giddings on 01323 841702.

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