Why wait? Let Christmas Begin On 25th & 26th November!
We all love celebrating the very best time of the year, when Santa comes to town, bands play, there’s singing and dancing in the streets and gifts to be bought for the ones we love most! And all this, plus much more, is yours at Haywards Heath Christmas Festival in The Orchards on 25th & 26th November.
The fun begins at 11.00 am on Saturday with Rock Choir and St. Wilfrid’s, St. Joseph’s & Lindfield Choir on stage to welcome in the season of good cheer. Top Bananas, our stilt-walking jazz musicians, will be there to make you laugh, while the Sussex Harmonisers and the truly legendary St. Paul’s Choir will get us all singing our hearts out.
A marching band, with the choirs of Warden Park Primary and Northlands Wood, will welcome Father Christmas to our town who, with his elves, live reindeer and alpacas, will arrive with Mickey and Minnie Mouse and, this year, will be joined by Donald & Daisy Duck too.
The Grand Procession, led by Father Christmas and our Mayor in the sleigh, will begin just after 4.30pm, before the Town’s Christmas Lights are switched on at 5.00pm by the Mayor and our lovely Middy Editor, Gina Stainer, to mark the proper beginning of Christmas. There’ll also be a fireworks display in Victoria Park, courtesy of our Town Council, to round off a perfect day.
But, we all know Christmas isn’t just one day so Santa will be back on Sunday, and the entertainment and fun will go on as it left off. The amazing Warden Park Jazz Band will begin the fun at 11.00am, followed by the Ariel Drama Academy, our very own ‘Tina Turner,’ Cylvian Flynn and the amazing Dance with Emily Tap Dancing Troupe.
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas, though, without the marvellous In Choir, who will also be with us, and then of course there’s the incredibly talented Ensemble Reza to delight us all. Keeping perhaps the best to last, our Christmas Festival is rounded off by Harlands School singing and playing – to send us away knowing that Christmas has truly arrived.
And although our Festival is one weekend, it’s not stopping Father Christmas coming back to our wonderful Town. He’ll be returning to his grotto in The Orchards the three following Saturdays, when he’ll be joined by carol singers and, on Saturday 9th, Lindsay’s Animal School, when you can meet, cuddle, learn about and feed some new friends.
Just before the ‘great day’, on Saturday 23rd December, we’re also welcoming the Ditchling Mummers & Morris Dancers – so find those dancing shoes.
“Christmas is just the best time of the year,” says Nicola Bird, Orchards Manager. “A time for friendship and giving, a time for being together. Our Town is a very special place and it’s so wonderful to see everyone coming together to give their talents and join in the fun; so let’s all begin the very best Christmas ever.”