Neon Noel will be returning to Eastbourne this Christmas.
It was feared that the popular light event wouldn’t happen owing to a lack of funds available to the Chamber of Commerce, which has hosted the light show for the past two Decembers.
It had been hoped the money would come from the BID project, which would see businesses contribute to a pot to help give shoppers a better experience in the town centre, but the initiative has been delayed.
However, Legal and General, the owners of the Arndale Centre, have now stepped in to save the festive event and will be funding it.
Chief Executive of the Chamber, Christina Ewbank said, “Neon Noel brings around 20,000 people to the town and it makes them stay, so we were really keen to have Neon Noel bringing people to the town centre again this year and encouraging them to stay to wait for the next show, as it’s once every hour and in between, they go and do some Christmas shopping.”
The light show will return on Friday 1 December as part of the Little Christmas event in Little Chelsea and will once again see Town Hall lit up.
Update: The Chamber of Commerce has confirmed Neon Noel will take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1-17 December, with shows at 4.30pm, 5.30pm and 6.30pm, with each show lasting 5minutes.
Stagecoach will also be running their vintage bus during Neon Noel to transport shoppers from Town Hall to the Arndale Centre.
The Christmas Market will be held in Terminus Road between Bankers' Corner to Bolton Road from 8-17 December between 10am-6pm.