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it’s a wonderful hurst!

Once again in 2019 on December 7th, the Hurstpierpoint High Street will be filled with the sounds, smells and sights of Christmas! With this years theme of “It’s a Wonderful Hurst”, the High Street traders are excited to invite you to celebrate Christmas together as a village community.

With the sound of choirs singing Christmas carols, traders offering beautiful handmade gifts, colourful decorations brightening the street, children visiting santa, and the aroma of mulled wine and cinnamon drifting in the air – a visit to the It’s a Wonderful Hurst will be a truly magical Christmas experience.

schedule of events!

Event Location Time
Santa arrives on his sleigh Cuckfield Rd & High Street Approx 3.45pm to 4pm
Create Space performance Stage Two 4.15pm to 4.45pm
Coda Belle performance Main Stage 4.15pm to 4.45pm
Live Nativity procession with carol singing Starts at Poachers pub 4.45pm
Soho Lites performance Main Stage 5pm to 5.45pm
Carol singing performance with choir Stage Two 5.30pm to 6pm
Coda Belle performance Stage Two 6pm to 6.30pm
Saviours of Soul performance Main Stage 6pm to 7pm

The Santa Grotto bus (a vintage Routemaster Double Decker) will be positioned close to the South Ave end of the High Street. Please visit Mishon Mackay to book your free slot. Santa will also be accepting walk ups between 6pm and 6.45pm (first come first served) for those who don’t get a slot. Please feel free to visit the bus and the top deck even if not seeing Santa (bottom deck reserved for Santa visitors only!) Huge thanks also to Freeman Brothers for making this event possible. 

All the christmas fun!


Late Night Shopping

The majority of the shops on the Hurst High street will be open until 7pm on Saturday December 7th for late night shopping! The traders rely on your support throughout the year, but the Christmas fair is one of their biggest. They’d love to see you and help with your last minute Christmas shopping!


All Bands & Performers

Coda Belle: a female a capella singing group. 

We are Codabelle, an all-female vocal group based in Haywards Heath, West Sussex. We are friends who love to sing and we perform a capella (without any accompaniment). Our repertoire includes folk, pop and gospel and we’re always looking out for new songs or working on fresh arrangements of old favourites. Codabelle performs regularly at open mic events, local concerts and festivals and private parties.

Soho Lites – vocalists, keyboard and guitar playing pop, rock and reggae covers. 

The Saviours of Soul – ten piece band playing Soul, Disco, Funk & Christmas classics. 

From the first hit of the opening bars you will realise this is a band with a difference.

The Saviours of Soul are a powerful 10 piece band with a professional sound taking you on a nostalgic trip through the soul, disco and funk classics right up to modern day floor fillers.

The band comprises of 3 dynamic vocalists along with guitar, bass, drums and keyboard together with a three piece horn section. All of this is backed up by professional sound system and lighting rig which enhances the full Saviours of Soul experience.

Create Space Studios – provides innovative & unique multi arts experiences for young people, adults & people with special needs, schools, the workplace & organisations.

Choir – our choir this year is made up of excellent local singers and members of Trinity Church choir. 

Santa Claus!

Vist Santa on his bus

This year, Santa is bringing in his vingtage red Routemaster double decker bus onto the High Street! He can’t wait to visit with the children of Hurstpierpoint in his special grotto, and give presents to everyone (all for free, but donations welcome!)

If you would like to visit Santa, go to Mishon Mackay on the High Street to book a slot. If it is full up, Santa will make himself available for walkups between 6pm and 6.45pm on the night!

Massive thanks go to both Mishon and Freeman Brothers for making Santa happen this year!


Live Nativity

Nativity Procession


 We are excited to feature a live nativity at this years event! Starting at 4.45pm, our nativity will begin their procession outside the Poachers pub. We’d love you to join us as we make our way up the High Street, with a beautiful choir singing Carols along the way! Watch as Mary and Joseph knock on the door at each Inn they pass on the way, looking for a place to spend the night. 

The procession will end up at the bus shelter by the village green, and the nativity will setup. Stay a little longer to join the choir as they sing more carols on the stage!

Delicious Food

All the food available!
All of our street food is provided by local vendors, with the majority coming from restaurants and pubs in Hurstpierpoint.
Morleys: Pulled pork burgers
Horse at Hurst: Yorkshire Pudding Wraps
Crêperie Oui: Crepes
Mama Bar: Bratwurst Hot Dogs
New Inn: Pizza, burgers, hot dogs
Marram Trading: Vegan Chilli
Mid Sussex County Council: Roast Chesnuts
Truffles: Gingerbread making and chocolate
Hampers: Cheese, Chutner, Sausage Rolls
Fig Tree: Mince Pies
Good News Church: Hot Chocolate


All Stalls In attendance
Carla Jack Candles
Girl Guides Nairobi
Red Tree
Kids Capers Childcare
New Timber Church
Hope Charity
Hurst Society
Holy Trinity Church
Paws and Claws
African Charity Trip
Wheel of Hope
St Lawrence School and PTA
Building Hope

Our Vision

The Hurst Christmas event has traditionally been one of the most important days of the year for the High Street traders. At a time when local businesses are having to work incredibly hard to stay afloat, the Christmas event presents an amazing opportunity for the local community to come together and support their High Street through late night shopping, celebration and fun!

We believe our High Street is a big part of our local character, and we want to work harder every year to play a huge role in bringing Hurstpierpoint together.

Our vision revolves around three main questions: how do we make the Christmas Fair a great event for the people of Hurst, how do we make it a great event for the local traders, and how do we ensure it is produced by the local community, for the local community, with a focus on supporting the existing local High Street traders.

Get Involved!

Christmas is about supporting as many of those in need in our community as possible. Are you a local charity who would like to have a stall during It’s a Wonderful Hurst? Then please get in touch. If you are a local business and would like a stall, we take applications on a case by case basis. We just ask that you do not sell or provide anything that competes directly with our local High Street traders. 

If you would love to volunteer with us, or get invovled in any other way, we want to hear from you!