Christmas in Battle is a magical time. With so many events in the town alongside some fantastic shops make sure you take a trip to Battle this festive season.

Free parking at both Rother & Battle Abbey Car Parks on the 25th November,7th December (from 4pm), 9th & 16th Decemeber.

Saturday 25th November

 Santa’s Amazing Parade starts the event, heading down the High Street at 1.50pm with Santa’s Sleigh, Second Line Youth Band and Santa’s reindeer and friends.

The parade is followed by Santa’s Grotto in the Memorial Hall (tickets on the door only), and Santa will turn on the lights at 5pm from his sleigh on the Abbey Green.

Outside in the afternoon we have Christmas Carol singing, traditional fairground rides, photo opportunities in the sleigh and our beautiful festive stilt walker.

FREE PARKING ALL DAY. in Rother and Abbey Car parks.

Christmas Market 
25th November & Thursday 7th December

Market Square

Taste of Sussex
Saturday 25th November
Adults £5 Under 16s Free

This year the Taste of Sussex event at Battle Abbey is going to coincide with one of the busiest days in the town’s Christmas celebrations – the switching on of the Christmas Lights and Santa on his train on Saturday 25th November.
This means that there will be alot of people in town, and also people looking to fill the gap between the various activities, and with our amazing hot chocolates, and students with flyers around town, there is likely to be many more people than previous busy evenings If anyone would be interested in having a stall, please contact
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7th December 2023

Thursday 7th December, with festive entertainment around town, Santa’s Grotto in Almonry and shops open late and in the Christmas spirit! Theme for Battle’s Shop Windows this year is ‘Christmas Through the Ages’ – our unique shops always have fabulous window displays, come and see for yourselves and vote for your favourite.  More info to follow. 

FREE PARKING FROM 4PM in Rother and Abbey Car parks.



Thur 7 – Sun 10 December 2023

Thurs/Fri: 18:00, 18:30, 19:00, 19:30 Sat/Sun: 17:00, 17:30, 18:00, 18:30, 19:00

See Battle Abbey and the 1066 story in a whole new light as it’s brought to life with dramatic illuminations this December. Have your cameras at the ready as you explore the atmospheric splendour of the abbey grounds and ruins lit up with all the colours of the rainbow. Discover the story of what happened after the Battle of Hastings as you encounter characters from the past.

Follow the wintery trail and take in stunning installations, atmospheric scenes and immersive soundscapes – there is intrigue at every turn. Gaze up at the stunning vistas of light against ancient architecture as we transport you back across the ages to winter 1066! A unique and magical experience awaits!

We’ll also be serving up a wide range of culinary delights. Warm up with a hot chocolate or, for the grown ups, grab a glass of hot mead or mulled cider. Afterwards, treat yourself to something to eat in our café. For those with a sweet tooth, we have open fire toasting of marshmallows, seasonal treats and traditional Saxon and Norman cakes on offer as well. The shop will also be open for those of you who want to do some Christmas shopping.

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St Mary’s Battle Christmas Tree Festival

Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary’s Church, Battle from Saturday 25 November to Friday 8th December 2023
25 Nov 2023 Saturday 12:00 – 18:00

26 Nov 2023 Sunday 14:00 – 17:00

27 Nov 2023 – 8 Dec 2023
Monday – Sunday 10:00 – 16:00

Christmas Menus

With a huge range of restaurants in Battle, there is plenty to choose from. Here is some of the Christmas menus from the town!

The Bull Inn

Please find our Christmas 2023 Specials Menu.

We have kept it straight forward this year, as we are keeping our normal menu going throughout the season too, but we think this menu has some great, traditional Christmas favourites!

People can choose either menu, and switch courses between the two.

We have already had some bookings so get in quick to reserve your tables. Bookings of 5 or more people will require a deposit and a pre-order.

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T: 01424 775171