Festive events in Eastbourne

The cast of Aladdin

The cast of Aladdin - Credit: Archant

Whether you’re a local or a first-time visitor, there’s always something exciting going on in Eastbourne over Christmas, from seasonal gift markets to pantos and carol singing

The Winter Wonderland Illuminations, Drusillas Park, Alfriston

Until 5 January - Drusillas will be switching on their Winter Wonderland illuminations, designed by Channel 4’s ‘King of Lights’ Paul Toole, plus visit Santa’s Christmas Cottage and your chance to Hug a Husky. 10am to 5pm.

01323 874100; www.drusillas.co.ukMan crèche, The Hidden Cellar Restaurant

December 22 - Ladies, is he grumpy, constantly moaning about shopping and generally getting under your feet? Drop him off at Hidden Cellar’s free man crèche, where he can enjoy free tea and filter coffee, whilst you enjoy a peaceful morning shopping. Breakfast will be served until 11.30am. He’ll be in safe hands, but please remember to pick him up. 10am to 12pm.

01323 646494; www.thehiddencellar.co.ukAladdin, Devonshire Park Theatre

13 December-12 January - A story full of East-bourne promise…with all your favourite pantomime characters including Wishee Washee, Widow Twankey, Princess So-Shi and the fabulous Genie of the Lamp. Bring all your family along to enjoy this Genie-us show. Tickets from £12.

01323 412000; www.eastbournetheatres.co.ukChristmas Day Concert with Eastbourne Silver Band, Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum

25 December - Now a popular and longstanding tradition, Eastbourne Silver Band under the directorship of Geoff Broom will entertain you with 90 minutes of festive tunes on Christmas Day. Come along and join in as locals and holidaymakers alike sing carols and favourite yuletide hits, to the sound of one of Eastbourne’s most prestigious bands. The Outpost Café will be serving hot and cold drinks, including mulled wine. 10.45am to 12.15pm.

01323 410300; www.eastbournemuseums.co.uk