Christmas in Rye

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In a little over a week’s time, it will be the Christmas in Rye Festival 2022. Whether you love it or loathe it, December 25 is inexorably charging towards us.

Our skyline is dominated by the beautiful St Mary’s church and our streets are filled with wonderful independent shops. If you’re a believer, you will be filled with joy. If your first thought is always for others, you’ll make an extra trip to Rye Foodbank on Wednesdays, to deliver some festive treats. If you’re a trader, you will have been planning for this since the summer. If you’re a grandparent, you’ll be juggling between postal strikes and train strikes. And if you’re a parent, your house has probably already been filled with glitter and tinsel since bonfire night. There really is no escaping it.

WJ Bennett in festive spirit
What a lovely window display

On Friday, December 2 70 shops will be staying open until 8pm. There will be music in the streets, Prosecco and mulled wine all around the town and all our fabulous restaurants. It’s date night with a little Christmas shopping thrown in.

On Saturday, December 3, it’s a family day with Santa’s grotto, storytelling, high street races, a penguin trail, Sir Jollylot’s Lucky Dip, music and a procession to St Mary’s for carols. Once again there will be many opportunities for festive food and drink, including the Wild Flame pizza truck.

Decorative mice would look lovely on your tree
They are for the tree, not to eat now!

Rother District Council will be playing its part too. Their car parks in Rye will be free from 4pm on Friday, December 2, as well as on Saturdays December 3, 10 and 17.

So shop local, support your community, eat in our restaurants, buy those gifts, bring family, meet friends and encourage your neighbours to enjoy the atmosphere. You’re all invited to a two-day party in a unique location, our beautiful town, Rye.

The Waterworks looking very festive

For up-to-date information go to www.christmasinrye.co.uk or follow them on Instagram @christmas_in_rye

Image Credits: Natasha Robinson .

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  1. So shop local, support your community, eat in our restaurants, buy those gifts, bring family, meet friends and encourage your neighbours to enjoy the atmosphere. You’re all invited to a two-day party in a unique location, our beautiful town, Rye.

    Or head out of town to shops that sell food you can afford, all well and good if you’re in a position to have a well heeled Christmas but if like many this year you’re struggling to make ends meet I hope you have a nice Christmas.

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