Uckfield Late-Night Shopping cemented its place tonight (December 7) as one of the town’s ‘must go to’ family events.
The High Street was packed with people enjoying entertainment at every turn while others thronged the shops.
Today’s morning rain had gone to leave a clear but cold evening – a perfect backdrop for people to be about and get into the spirit of Christmas.
As usual, the Christmas tree festival at Holy Cross Church, was open and attracted people to marvel at more than 100 decorated trees from businesses, groups and charities.
New this year was a Christmas market at the Luxford Centre.
At the other end of town, outside Bridge Cottage, Uckfield Concert Brass entertained with a lively selection of carols and Christmas music.
In between there was a display by the fire service, children’s rides, stalls, and street entertainment, including displays by youngsters from Universal Dance.
Two ‘pop-up’ stages provided live entertainment – children singing on one and adults on the other, where town mayor, Spike Mayhew, acted as MC and later sang.
Staff in some shops were in fancy dress and at the Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice Charity Shop the Snowman from the famous Raymond Briggs’ story was popular with children and adults alike.
The King’s Church staged a Nativity scene, supported by a very well behaved donkey.
The whole event, organised by Uckfield Chamber of Commerce, saw the High Street closed between Grange Road and the traffic lights near Boots.
Car parking at the railway station car park, and the one at Bell Walk, was free for the evening.
Make-believe world created by Avril and Albert Maton
Each year Avril and Albert Maton create a spectacular tree with creatures living in a make-believe world beneath.
The couple can be seen with their tree below and there are more pictures giving you an idea of the detail that goes into their work.
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