Food market at Light-up Hassocks event this Friday Friday,

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Hassocks will be turned into a winter wonderland with food and craft markets, a children’s nativity scene, Santa’s grotto and even a fun fair.

The Christmas lights switch-on and late night shopping event takes place tomorrow (Friday, November 29) between 4pm and 8pm and Keymer Road will be closed to traffic between Chancellors Park and Wilmington Close opposite Knight’s Budgens, with diversion signs in place.

Children will take part in a colourful parade and process ion from outside The Hassocks pub at 4.30pm down Keymer Road.

Santa has been invited by Burgess Hill District Lions Club to have a grotto at Powell House opposite the United Reformed Church where youngsters will gather to create a nativity scene.

Michele Binks, who chairs the ‘Light-up Hassocks’ committee, said: “Every year we need to raise £5,000 to fund the lights and the switch-on event so please come along, enjoy yourselves and support your local traders and us.”

A village lottery will be launched next month to help towards funding costs. Forms are available in shops along Keymer Road and must be filled in by early December.