Christmas Cheer for All

Christmas lights

Littlehampton will be lit up for the festive season when its Christmas lights are switched on during an entertainment packed evening on Friday 30th November hosted by Littlehampton Town Council and the Trader’s Partnership.

The event will start at 5pm in the town centre and will feature live performances from Marvin Ford, the Broken Box Band, The Silhouette Show, Edwin James Festival Choir and a Nativity production from Littlehampton Churches Together. There will be rides, activities, stalls selling festive gifts and street food. Father Christmas will also be taking time out of his busy schedule to join us, visit him in his grotto. (£3 individual children £5 for two siblings).

The lights will be switched on in the precinct at 7.30pm by the Mayor of Littlehampton Councillor Billy Blanchard-Cooper and our elf-naming competition winner!

Also, this year children are tasked with finding twelve polar bears hidden in the town centre shops, themed to the famous The Twelve Days of Christmas carol. Those who correctly complete their entry form, printed within this year’s What’s on Guide for Christmas and return it to Bah Humbug Sweets in Anchor Springs, will be entered in our competition draw. The draw will take place on Friday 21st December, where the winner will win a family ticket to see the Littlehampton Musical Comedy Society’s production of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears at The Windmill Theatre in January as well as 1.5 kg of confectionary donated by Bah Humbug Sweets.

The Littlehampton branch of the NES (National Elf Service) will be returning to the High Street to help illuminate the Town for a second successive year. Sussex artist Steve Carroll has once again created the elves, and everyone is encouraged to take an “elfie selfie” with their favourite and share their snaps on social media with #LAelfie. To celebrate 70 years of the NHS, Dr Elferskelter will be unveiled at the event along with our new elf whose name has been chosen by the public.

The Chair of the Town Council’s Community Resources Committee, Councillor Ian Buckland said: ‘’I am really excited about what’s coming to Littlehampton this Christmas. It is always great to see so many local groups and businesses working together to offer fantastic entertainment and shopping opportunities for the whole family throughout the festive period. All we need now is a dusting of snow to complete the winter wonderland feel.’’

Don’t forget you can enjoy free parking for 2 hours, simply pick up a disc from participating outlets. St Martins, Anchor Springs and Manor House car parks are free after 6pm. Town centre businesses are spreading festive cheer to their customers with many staying open until around 8pm, making it an ideal opportunity to snap up Christmas presents for your loved ones.