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December 2 2011

Santa will be turning on the Christmas lights in Broad Street tonight. Maybe he will pop into Barclays and leave a nice present in the Haven News bank account.......

With the advent calendars finally cracked open, the countdown to Christmas has really begun. This weekend sees Newhaven and Seaford getting into the spirit of things, with late night shopping, quizzes and carols, to name but a few. So whether you're ready for the festivities to commence, or just fancy a bit of weekend entertainment, get out there and support your local events.

It all kicks off this afternoon from 4.30pm with Seaford's Late Night Christmas Shopping. This yearly event always has a great community feel to it, and with the normal shops being joined by various stalls, live music, street entertainment and of course, Father Christmas turning on the Broad Street lights, it's sure to be a fun start to your weekend.

Friday evening wouldn't be the same without the usual selection of great live music. Seaford Folk Club hosts a Singers and Musicians Night, welcoming everyone to bring their songs and stories from 8pm, whilst over at the Cross Way, Craig Ogden takes to the stage with some classical guitar from 7.45pm. There's another excellent cover band to look forward to up at the Hampden Arms in the form of AKA, getting things going from 8.30pm.

Expect Christmas Fayres to be taking centre stage for the next few Saturdays, with today being no exception; there's the Scouts Christmas Craft Fair at St Leonard's Church in Seaford from 9.30am, or there's bric-a-brac, a tombola, tea and cakes on offer at Chyngton Methodist Church Fayre from 10am.

If you fancy getting your brain in gear for a good cause, then head over to the Christmas Quiz at South Heighton Village Hall from 6.30pm this evening, with all proceeds going towards a trip for disabled children. Just up the road in Denton, the Gospel Choir perform from 7pm, and back in Seaford the Choral Society bring together a varied programme of songs at St Leonard's Church from 7.30pm.

There's another chance on Sunday to sing or listen to some of your favourite Christmas carols at St Michael's Church in Newhaven from 6.30pm when there will be Carols with the Salvation Army. A Christingle Service will also be held at St Leonard's Church in Seaford from 6pm. On top of this, don't forget that it's the last day of Christmas Arts and Crafts at The Crypt between 11am and 5pm.

Enjoy your weekend!

For a full listing of events and details of times and places, go to our WHAT'S ON page.

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