Find Christmas events for all the family in East Sussex this December.
With festive theatre shows, Christmas markets, and even songs by starlight, there’s plenty to get you feeling festive this December. Read on for our round-up of Christmas events in East Sussex.
Father Christmas as Drusillas
Winter Wonderland Illuminations, 18 November to 1 January, Drusillas
Drusillas Park will be switching on the Winter Wonderland Illuminations once again! The dazzling display will be turned on at 10am daily with the official Light Show starting at 4.30pm when the magical wonderland scene will come alive as it synchronises to music. Young revellers can expect to see a host of magical creatures in the ice-capped kingdom, adding some extra sparkle to the festive season.
Hastings Ice Rink, 1 to 24 December, Priory Meadow Hastings
One of the most fun and best value-for-money real ice rinks in the south east, the rink has festive lighting, ‘snow’ showers and plays all your favourite Christmas songs while you’re having a great time on the ice!
Motcombe Christmas Fair, 2 December, Eastbourne
Motcombe Christmas fair brings together the community and local businesses, whilst raising money for local charity Winter Night Shelter. Attractions include wonderful Victorian Carousels, local entertainment, choirs, morris dancers, local produce, mulled wine, and santa fair rides.
Tudor Christmas Weekend, 2 to 3 December, Michelham Priory
Discover the fascinating history of Christmas and how it was celebrated in Tudor times. Enjoy some delicious festive treats, music, and activities for children with a trail and crafts. See the great Yule Log in the Feast Room, enjoy learning archery, watch Tudor dancing and find out about Tudor food.
Tudor Christmas at Michelham Priory
Seaford Christmas Magic, 2 December, Seaford Town Centre
A day of entertainment and attractions, including two stages packed with live music, Santa’s grotto, reindeers, lantern parade, as well as the Ice Queen and Snow Princess! There will also be festive stories in the library and wandering singers. There will also be free parking in many of the towns car parks. See the website for a full programme of events and road closures.
Songs by starlight, Observatory Science Centre, 2 December, Herstmonceux
Enjoy a host of Christmas songs with our choir. There will be mulled wine and a mince pie to help bring in the festive cheer (alternatives will be offered to the children). Weather permitting there will also be an opportunity to look through the telescopes at some fascinating night sky objects. Please phone to secure your space, limited places available.
‘Rewards and Fairies’ Woodland Christmas, 2 December to 1 January, Batemans
Discover the magic of Kipling’s ‘Rewards and Fairies’ in the house and garden with a woodland Christmas theme. See if you can spot the fairies that have taken up residence in some of the books in Kipling’s study and admire all the woodland decorations. There’ll be more to look for in the garden too. Pick up a winter garden trail and see if you can solve the clues and win a prize.
Rewards and Fairies at Bateman’s
Dancing Vessels Open Studio, 2 to 3 December, Uckfield
East Sussex artist Philomena Harmsworth is opening her Uckfield studio for one weekend only this December. Come and see the latest work from her ‘Many Vesseled Women’ project, and join Philomena for some heart-warming stories by the fireside. You may even stumble across the perfect Christmas present for someone! Proceeds from teas will go to the East Sussex Foster Carer’s Association.
Dick Whittington and his Cat, 8 December to 14 January, Devonshire Park theatre, Eastbourne
From the team that brought you last year’s record-breaking Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Eastbourne Theatres again promise you live music and rip-roaring fun in true Eastbourne panto style!
Jack and the Beanstalk, 9 Dec ember to 27 December, Rye Creative Centre
Join Jackie, Dame Trott, Winchelsea Will, Fairy Nuff, the Maids of Iden, the Ogre of Brede and Romney the lamb on a magical adventure. The cast is made up of local professional actors in leading roles, supported by local youth talent, directed by Jeremy Tustin and produced by Hayley-Marie Axe. This is a homegrown pantomime for all the family, bringing community together!
Sleeping Beauty, Starring Honey G, 15 to 31 December, White Rock Theatre, Hastings
Swapping North Weezy for the south-coast seafront, X Factor’s Honey G stars as Fairy G in this year’s spellbinding production, alongside hilarious Hastings favourite Ben Watson, back for his sixth consecutive White Rock Theatre panto appearance, plus fabulous dame Tim McArthur.