What better way to remedy these dark cold evenings than seeing your local Christmas lights switched on or attending a festive event?

Here’s a round-up of some of the Christmas light events happening across East Sussex, many with late-night shopping, stalls and an abundance of festive celebration and spirit! Wrap up warm, and get ready to take all the pictures!


Friday 24 November 2023 – EVENT PASSED

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

Find out more about Hailsham’s Christmas Lights Switch-on



Friday 24 November 2023 – EVENT PASSED

‘The Christmas lights switch-on will be happening at 6.00pm and before that, by popular request, The Rock Choir returns, along with the Crowborough Players, local bands and local school choirs who will be performing at the Piazza.’

Christmas Fair – Crowborough Town Council



Saturday 25 November 2023 – EVENT PASSED

‘Enjoy a parade, meet Santa and be thoroughly entertained as we welcome the festive season to Battle.’

Learn more about the Battle Christmas Lights Switch-On



Friday 1 December 2023

‘The annual Festival of Christmas Trees returns for another spectacular display! This year will have 105 Christmas trees, all uniquely decorated by local organisations, schools, charities, groups and individuals.’

Festival of Christmas Trees – Uckfield



Saturday 2 December 2023

‘This year’s event will be centred around the much-loved children’s lantern parade and the grand lights switch on in Broad Street at 5pm. But that’s not all! We’re adding a sprinkle of wonder with additional family-friendly activities and entertainment at various locations throughout the town.’

Experience the Magic of Christmas in Seaford



Saturday 2 December 2023

‘A day of festive fun for the whole family! Santa’s Grotto, music performances, High Street Races, festive shopping, carol concert and much, much more!’

Celebrate ‘Christmas in Rye’



Sunday 3 December 2023

Join Rotherfield and Mark Cross Bonfire Society in turning the Christmas lights on in Rotherfield. There will be hot refreshments, mincepies and the winner of the ‘Name the Gingerbread Man’ competition.

Christmas light switch on in Rotherfield



Friday 1 December 2023

Little Chelsea’s free annual ‘Christmas Spectacular’ will feature fireworks, the Christmas lights switch on and a festive market to help get you into the spirit of the season!

Find out more about ‘Christmas Spectacular’

8 – 9 December 2023

Visit Eastbourne’s annual Christmas market in the town centre. From tasty food stalls to perfect gifts – there’s plenty to look around and get you excited for Christmas!


Have we missed any? Let us know in the comments!