MIDHURST and Petworth are getting set for the biggest events on their annual calendar when townspeople gather for the Christmas street parties.
The fun kicks off in Midhurst at 6.30pm today (December 5) with free attractions and entertainment courtesy of Midhurst Town Council.
Shopkeepers have been busy decorating their festive windows and there is a chance for readers to choose which one they think is best.
The Observer has joined forces with the town’s traders and rural town coordinator Melanie Burgoyne to offer members of the public the chance to pick the winner of the Christmas shop window competition.
Use the coupon in our paper to let the Observer know who you think deserves the top prize and drop it in to the Observer office in Capron House, North Street, or at The Grange.
Your vote can also be emailed to email@example.com, with Midhurst Christmas Windows in the subject line.
The festive fun continues on Saturday (December 6) with the Grange Centre’s Christmas Fair from 10am-3pm and Father Christmas’ reindeer will be in the Market Square between 11am-3pm.
On Saturday, Petworth’s festive light switch-on event organised by the town council includes a lantern procession from St Mary’s Church at 5pm, down Lombard Street into Market Square.
It will be led by St Mary’s church choir as lantern bearers accompany the holy family, wise men, shepherds, a donkey and goats in a live nativity. Lord Egremont switches on the lights at 6.30pm.