Turning on the Christmas cheer

CHRISTMAS lights will be switched on in Midhurst during the town council’s annual Christmas Street Party on Friday December 7.

The event takes place between 6-9pm in Church Hill / Red Lion Street.

There will also be a Christmas Market in the Spread Eagle’s Jacobean Hall to tie in with late night shopping and the Town Council’s Street Party.

Meanwhile in Petworth, a whole range of activities has been organised to celebrate the switching on of the Christmas lights this Saturday (December1).

From 11am there will be stalls in the Leconfield Hall, Market Square, and Lombard Street. There will also be Christmas Tree Festivities in the United Reformed Church and a children’s fun fair.

Music will start in Golden Square at 4pm. There will also be a magician and juggler.

From 5pm children can visit Father Christmas in his grotto and the lights will be switched on at 6.30pm by Lord Egremont and his granddaughter Esme.

Spirit FM will also be on hand to get the crowds into the festive spirit. Shops will be open late and a ‘live’ window competition will be taking place with awards to the winners in the evening.

Christmas Carols will be performed by Petworth Town Band, St Mary’s Church Choir, and other choirs.

There will also be mince pies and mulled wine courtesy of the Co-operative.

Selsey will also be holding an event on Saturday December 1, with the lights being switched on at 6pm.

Over in Arundel, the town’s festivities begin on Saturday 8 December 8 with the launch of the annual Arundel by Candlelight event.

It is now a major part of Arundel’s events’ calendar, and attracts thousands of people each year .

The Arundel Barnham and District Lions Club and the Arundel Chamber of Commerce have joined together in organising the event which promises something for everyone .

The Lions will be collecting for Chestnut Tree House Hospice.

In Littlehampton, the festive fun will continue throughout December with the Carnival Association’s Christmas Fun Day in the High Street on December 8 and the Wick Trader’s Victorian Wickmas event at Wick Hall on Saturday December 15.

Meanwhile, Chichester District Council is currently running a free park and ride service in the run up to Christmas.

A bus shuttle rusn from 8am – 6pm, with the last bus leaving West Street at 6pm. It will start from Chichester College car park at Westgate and run to the city centre every 15 minutes. Drop off and pick up points will be: Eastgate (opposite the Cattle Market car park); Northgate (lay by in Oaklands Way); and, the Cathedral in West Street, before returning to the college car park.

The service currently operates onSaturday 1 December; Sunday 2 December;Saturday 8 December; Sunday 9 December; Saturday 15 December; Sunday 16 December;Saturday 22 December;Sunday 23 December; andMonday 24 December.

The initiative is being organised and funded by Chichester District Council, and supported by Chichester Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Chichester College.