It will all be going on in Uckfield town centre tonight (December 7) as the town’s late-night shopping event promises to be bigger and better than before.
Here are some of the highlights:
- Dancing in the street
- Craft stalls
- Art display
- Arts and crafts Christmas market
- Live singing on two stages
- Christmas tree festival at Holy Cross Church (full details below)
The lower half of the High Street between Grange Road and Bell Lane will close from 5pm for the official start at 5.30pm and the fun lasts through until as late as 9pm, when the High Street will re-open to traffic.
Library Way is open for traffic to access the Luxford Field car parks.
The station car park will be free from 4pm to midnight on Friday, and 3pm to midnight on Saturday, when Uckfield Singers are giving a concert.
Ian Noble, secretary of Uckfield Chamber of Commerce, said the Bell Walk car park will also be free today (December 7) from 4pm until 10pm to allow Uckfield residents the opportunity to join in with late-night shopping without having to pay for parking.
Treats all around
Look out for mulled wine and hot chestnuts, a hog roast, and mince pies for sale, with festive treats also offered by businesses and organisations to celebrate the occasion.
Entertainment is being laid on up and down the High Street including performances from Spirit Elite cheerleaders and Universal Dance members.
There will be children’s rides, stalls, and music.
Schoolchildren will sing on a stage in the lay-by outside Hartfields and Fluffy Side Up and there will be another stage in the area opposite Olives Yard.
In Olives Yard, Uckfield Lions will be with Santa on his sleigh as he chats with children.
Dates for more Santa appearances around Uckfield can be found here.
Harveys Brewery Dray is due to be sited on the Bridge Cottage forecourt with more stalls.
Charity Christmas cards will be on sale in the cottage too.
Craft stalls will be based in Civic Approach and Kings Church will be offering a gift wrapping service in the area outside Final Score Sports Shop and the Volunteer Centre.
Tim Benians, of Uckfield Framing, has arranged for art displays in estate agency offices.
At Freeman Forman artists where artists involved are Mark Preston, digital art; Kate Herbert, paintings; Natalie Banton, photography; Barbara Hibbert, glass jewellery; Bazza West, paintings; and Adele Scantlebury, wood engravings.
At Rowland Gorringe where you will find: Tim Benians (Uckfield Framing Co), Tina Warren (Calligraphy Baubles), Sarah Gauntlet (Artist Cards and Prints), Tess Deverill (Spinning/Weaving), Rebecca Weddell (Glass Beads), and Beth Power (stitch art).
Handmade arts and crafts will be for sale in a Christmas market being held at the Luxford Centre, Uckfield, on Friday evening and on Saturday.
There will be seasonal decorations, cards, gifts, textiles and artwork from talented artists and craftspeople who will be there to chat with you as you browse.
Seasonal refreshments will be available too.
The market will be open on Friday evening during late-night shopping, from 5pm to 9pm, and on Saturday, from 10am to 4pm.
• The Luxford Centre is at the top of the Luxford Car Park … and on the route to the Holy Cross Christmas tree festival if you head down Library Way, next to The Picture House, from High Street events.
Christmas tree festival
Work on setting up the Christmas tree festival at Holy Cross Church has been going on this week.
The hugely popular Holy Cross Church Festival of Christmas Trees will take place this year on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 7 to 9.
An impressive 100 Christmas trees, all sponsored and decorated by local organisations, schools, charities and individuals, will be on display.
There is no admission fee to the festival but donations are “greatly appreciated”. The money goes to the upkeep of the church and to enable the event to be held in the future.
Full church of trees
All spaces for Christmas trees in the church have been taken.
They were filled within a couple of days of applications being invited.
A spokesperson for Holy Cross Church said: “We’re thrilled that so many of you want to be part of this wonderful event, we’re just truly sorry that we can’t fit everyone in, but hope that all those who missed out this year will be able to return as a sponsor for the 2019 Festival.”
Alongside the festival itself, there will be:
- Live entertainment, including a number of musicians;
- Jimmy the Juggling Jester will return on Saturday;
- Pretty Fantastic Faces are offering face painting throughout the weekend;
- Refreshments available throughout the weekend:
- Morning coffee and mince pies, homemade lunches and afternoon tea,
- Mulled wine and hot chocolate will be available outside the church on Friday evening;
- The grand raffle returns with an impressive list of prizes… first prize is £100 cash;
- The ‘Crafty Ladies’ are offering an abundance of handcrafted gifts and creations;
- Biscuit decorating available for all children;
- An array of gifts, jams, chutneys, decorations, sweets and treats available; and
- The ‘Memorial Tree’ returns where you are invited to write a message.
Friday, December 7: 10am to 9pm
Saturday, December 8: 10am to 6pm
Sunday, December 9: 11.30am to 4pm with a Christmas service at 4.30pm
Find local organisations in our Uckfield Directory