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Burgess Hill town centre will be buzzing with festive fun and entertainment for all the family at this year’s Christmas Celebration and Lights Switch On, taking place on Saturday 17 November.  The event runs from 11am to 5.30pm with the lights being switched on at 5pm from the Bandstand in Church Walk. 

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Paddington Bear! To celebrate, Paddington will be making personal appearances at intervals throughout the day at the Bandstand and switching on the town’s Christmas Lights! There will be festive fun for all the family including a free ice rink, children's amusement rides, giant snow globe, music and entertainment, Santa's sleigh, plus lots more!

Santa and his helpers will be spreading a little magic this Christmas with the help of Burgess Hill District Lions Club. Visit Santa in his grotto at Burgess Hill Radio, 89 Church Walk between 10am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4pm. Entry costs £4 per person and each visit will include a present, a chance to talk to Santa and an opportunity to take photos. All proceeds go to Woodlands Meed School.

Children aged 10 years and under are invited to take part in the Children’s Fancy Dress Competition.  There will be a category for under 5’s and 5-10’s, the winner from each will get to switch on the lights with Paddington at 5pm! There’s no theme, entrants just need to turn up at the Bandstand in Church Walk at 4.30pm for the judging. 

Parking is free after 1pm in Martlets multi-storey, Church Road and Cyprus Road short stay car parks on the day of the event.