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Haywards Heath's Christmas Festival 2015

PUBLISHED: 10:24 28 October 2015 | UPDATED: 10:24 28 October 2015

Visitors from many distant lands will be celebrating Haywards Heath Christmas Festival on 28 and 29 November this year.

Father Christmas, of course, with his elves and live reindeer, will be arriving on Saturday afternoon from Greenland, but he’ll also be joined by one of the three kings on his camel all the way from the Orient. And if that’s not enough, Mickey and Minnie Mouse will also be coming from America to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

From 11am on Saturday, there’ll be non-stop music, singers, school choirs, Spanish dancing and bands to entertain and get your feet tapping, while the Top Bananas (stilt-walking jazz musicians) will get you singing along. The Grand Procession, led by Father Christmas and the Mayor will begin just after 4.30pm, before the Town’s Christmas Lights are all switched on at 5pm, kicking off the countdown to 25 December! This year, the Procession will be joined by the Town’s Winter Festival procession, organised by the Haywards Heath Community CIC, which will lead everyone to Victoria Park for the Grand Firework display to round off a wonderful day.

But that’s just day one; the fun continues on Sunday too. Father Christmas and his elves will be back in their grotto so that children (and adults) can have pictures taken with them. And at 11am, the combined 100-strong St. Wilfrid’s and Lindfield Primary Schools’ Choir will set the scene for another wonderful day of entertainment, including RokSkool, the In Choir, students from the Ariel Company Theatre, the magnificent Ruwach Church Choir and Tina Turner (aka Cylvian Flynn) and Nightingale, Tania Rodd.

While that may end the Festival Weekend itself, it won’t stop Father Christmas coming back. He’ll be returning to his grotto in The Orchard on the three following Saturdays – 5, 12 and 19 December.

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