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Light Festival Sparks Six Weeks of Glittering Displays in Eastbourne this Christmas

15 November 2017

Eastbourne will be aglow with six weeks of glittering displays this Christmas, from a glowing winter lantern procession to luminale light projections, Christmas Market and animal themed light shows.

Drusillas Christmas Display

 

Launching with BoHo Winter Light Festival on Saturday 18 November, the procession of children’s handmade lanterns at twilight will signal the start of a glittering season throughout the shopping streets of Eastbourne.

Nearby at Drusillas, the animal themed Winter Wonderland Illuminations also return for a six week run on 18 November, with a magical ice-capped kingdom dazzling in a daily show with 50,000 lights animated to music. Running until 1 January, animal fans will also have the opportunity to meet Santa’s reindeer and huskies on selected dates at the award-winning zoo.

Eastbourne’s historic Town Hall is the setting for the Neon Noel luminale light show from Friday 1 December, sponsored by Legal & General, with three animated shows a night synchronised to music, every weekend until 17 December, along with vintage bus rides around the town.

The light show debuts against the backdrop of Little Christmas, with market stalls, food, entertainment and fairground rides in the independent shopping streets of Little Chelsea.

The South Downs village of Alfriston unveils a brand new weekend of Christmas festivities with Deck the Halls – A Musical Wonderland from 1 – 3 December. The three day event features interactive pantomime and live performances throughout the village and its historic shopping streets, with a grand Christmas Tree Lighting by Santa and author Dame Jacqueline Wilson.

The town centre will be filled with colourful gifts, mulled wine and home baking aromas at the traditional Christmas Market from 9 – 17 December, featuring more than 30 wooden chalets along Terminus Road and at the Enterprise Shopping Centre offering handmade gifts, crafts, jewellery, festive food and Santa’s grotto.

The Tudor mansion at Michelham Priory plays host to a Tudor Christmas from 2-3 December for a medieval take on Christmas dinner, games and entertainment, and in the Seven Sisters Country Park young adventures can join Winter Magic on 2 December and make nature inspired Christmas decorations after a wild winter adventure in the woods.

Brand new for 2017, Reindeer Rush on 9 December will see antlered runners in a fun festive 5k dash across Hampden Park with inflatable obstacles along the way, all in aid of St Wilfrid’s.

Also new for this year, Sovereign Shines, will bring colourful lighting displays switching on from 2 December with various events, including a Family Fun evening on 15 December featuring Father Christmas arriving by lifeboat.

The big countdown is complete on the 25th when the Bandstand kicks off the UK’s biggest free Christmas Day Concert with Eastbourne Silver Band performing traditional carols and festive hits for thousands of music lovers at 10.30am. Free concerts continue with family favourites on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day too.

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “We’re really lighting up the South Coast this year, with more glittering displays than ever before. With some great hotel deals and daily theatre events, there is every reason to sneak in a quick Christmas getaway and bring on the festivities before or after the big day!”

More dates for the festive diary include:
• Meads Magic: Friday 24 November
• Motcombe Village Fair: Saturday 2 December
• Dear Santa at the Arndale Centre: every weekend in December
• Dick Whittington and his Cat at the Devonshire Park Theatre: 8 December – 14 January
• Breakfast with Santa at the Enterprise Shopping Centre: every weekend 9-24 December
• Jingle all the Way at the Royal Hippodrome – every Weds until 13 December
• The Night Before Christmas at the Royal Hippodrome: 18–24 December
• Traditional funfair at the Enterprise Shopping Centre: 20–31 December

To book or for more information on Christmas events in Eastbourne visit www.visiteastbourne.com/christmas.

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