Alfriston’s 2 day Christmas celebrations commence on Saturday 1st December. This year’s theme is ‘Joy to the world’ and village merchants are each using a different country as a theme for their decorating and hospitality, with music, food and drink on offer.
Arlene Phillips, the popular television star, choreographer and director, will be joining Father Christmas to light the Christmas tree in Alfriston’s Market Square on Saturday 1 December.
“We are thrilled to have Arlene joining us,” said Will Emmett, and event organiser. “She is talented, charming, generous – and almost as popular as Father Christmas himself, so Arlene is perfect to help Alfriston celebrate!”
A showbiz legend, Arlene was honoured as a CBE for her services to dance and charity. The star of Strictly Come Dancing and other well-known shows will be helping light Alfriston’s tree at 5pm. Before she and Father Christmas switch on the display visitors can expect live music and a show by local dancers eager to strut their stuff in front of the judge and choreographer.
As well as the various shops’ own offerings, there is also a special raffle prize this year: a beautiful wooden globe that opens to reveal an alcohol cabinet stocked with drinks from countries around the world. (Participants must be 18 or older.) Entry forms are available at Alfriston shops now; an entry ticket – usually costing £5 – is free to people who earn a ‘visa stamp’ at five or more participating merchants.
We look forward to celebrating the start of Christmas with you!