Rye is all set for magical Xmas celebrations

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Schools and community groups are joining forces with Rye Chamber of Commerce to stage three days of spectacular events in the lead-up to Christmas.

They include a day long celebration culminating in a grand procession through the town, late night shopping and Father Christmas arriving by boat at Strand Quay.

Rye Chamber of Commerce chairman Neil Cunliffe said: “The weather is turning now, and it is getting much colder.

“What better way to warm up than coming into Rye during December to join the Christmas festivities.

There are special events going on in Rye on the three Saturdays during December. A necessary change from the original plans means the procession will now take place on December 6 at 4pm.”

As an added incentive Rother District Council is waiving fees in its car parks in Rye on Saturdays December 6, 13 and 20.

The fun starts on December 6 when a Childrens’ Christmas Trail opens at Rye Tourist Information Centre.

Street entertainment will be provided by Rye Studio School, Rye College and others throughout the town from 10am - 4pm while Rye Lions, Rye Rotary and the Sea Cadets will have stalls up and running from 2pm.

At 4pm there will be a procession through the town involving Buckswood School Bagpipes, Rye Studio School dancers, Bloco drummers and local primary Schools from the Rye area.

Late night Christmas Shopping takes place from 5pm onward.

On Saturday December 13, there will be street entertainment throughout the day while Father Christmas arrives at Strand Quay at 3.30pm, and later takes up residence in his grotto at Rye Museum from 5pm.

The fun continues on Saturday December 20 with street entertainment throughout the day and a special Christmas Market taking place at Strand Quay. Visit www.ryechristmas.org.uk for up to date information.