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Littlehampton welcomes Christmas in style

Christmas Lights Switch on 2019

Littlehampton High Street was turned into a winter wonderland on Friday 22nd November when the Town’s festive illuminations were switched on at the annual Christmas Lights Switch on and Late-Night Shopping event.

The event organised by Littlehampton Town Council and the Traders’ Partnership and supported by the Windmill Cinema truly brought the Christmas spirit to the Town with hundreds of children enjoying meeting Santa and his helpers which this year included a family of reindeer.

Live entertainment included festive performances from acoustic singer Luch Stefano, Brighton band Harry and the Hounds and local groups Inspiration Community Choir, Celebration Samba, Stage-door Theatre Company and the Baptist Church with their Nativity.

Extra magic was added with a visit from special guests Elsa, Anna and Olaf, to celebrate the release of Frozen 2. Children enjoyed having their pictures taken with their favourite characters before Elsa took to the stage to perform the family favourite ‘Let it go’.

In addition to LOCAs and Crafters Corner artisan stalls, many stores stayed open late giving visitors a chance to buy Christmas gifts. Pekish visitors were spoilt for choice with the various food stalls which included traditional roasted chestnuts.

The twinkling Christmas lights were turned on by Town Mayor, Councillor Tracey Baker and special guests Blake Ortiz, name the Elf Competition winner, and Elsa. As if by magic the moment the switch was pressed, ‘snow’ started to fall.

Speaking about the event, Town Mayor, Councillor Tracey Baker said: “This event really brought the joy of Christmas to Littlehampton, its brilliant to see the community come together celebrate such a happy time of year. Thank you to everyone who attended the evening, it was a wonderful night.”

The Christmas illuminations include elves projected onto buildings and through a competition the new elf illumination created by Sussex artist Steve Carroll, was given the name Elfalina. Join the social media buzz by taking a selfie with your favouring and tagging #LAelfi.

Launched on the night was the reindeer competition which runs until 18th December.  Children are invited to find Santa and his lost reindeer hidden on shop windows, for a chance to win a tub courtesy of Bah Humbug Sweets. Entry forms are printed in this year What’s on Guide for Christmas and available from Bah Humbug Sweets in Anchor Springs.