Rye Christmas Festival

31 Days of Festive Fun, Retail Therapy and Gourmet Treats

Celebrate Rye’s BEST CHRISTMAS EVER with the official guide to what’s happening in and around Rye all December. From the best places to shop and eat, to fun-filled events for all the family, it’s worth paying Rye a visit every single day.

A massive thank you for their contributions to the Rye Christmas Campaigns to the following: Will Sudlow from Cunning.Com and .Eighteen for his art direction and graphic design, Matt Hardman for his illustration, the students at .Eighteen and Olly Campion at Domain Support. 

Date Time Event / Location
Sunday 1st December 10 am - 5 pm daily Get A 10% Discount At Rye’s Newest Shop
The Old Grain Store
10 am - 6.00 pm daily Buy Your Ticket For The Fabulous Rye Christmas Raffle
Monday 2nd December 10.30 am - 5.00 pm Get Some Gorgeous Gifts and Stocking Fillers
Lion Street Store
10.30 am - 6.00 pm Gift Something Gorgeous
Rye Art Gallery
Tuesday 3rd December Tuesday to Saturday, 10am - 4pm Charity Christmas Card Shop
Rye Community Centre
Wednesday 4th December 11.00 pm - 4.00 pm Open Day At Plaristo Gallery
Plaristo Gallery
10 am - 12 pm Rye Farmers’ Market
Strand Quay
Thursday 5th December 5.30 pm - 8.00 pm Late Night Shopping for Lingerie Lovers
Siren and Pearl
Friday 6th December Pick Some Perfect Presents
Peter Farrow Jewellery & Niche Boutique
4pm - 6pm Get Messy at St Mary’s
Rye Parish Church of St Mary
7:30pm A Country Christmas
Saturday 7th December An All-Day Christmas Festival
Rye, East Sussex
Get Busy With A Colouring Competition
Rye Library
10am - 4pm Meet The Christmas Elves!
Rye Tourist Information Centre
Cabaret Night with the Bling Crosbies
Peace & Plenty
Craft Magic
Victorian Themed Christmas Flags
Daily from 7th December to Christmas Eve Follow the Elves’ Trail
Rye Tourist Information Centre
10 am - 5 pm Get into the Christmas Spirit
Wishbarn Antiques
Creating Possibilities – Rye Studio School Showcases
Rye Studio School
Best Dressed Window
Open daily 9.30 - 5.30. Visit A Winter Wonderland
10.30 pm - 7.30 pm Buy Beautifully British Gifts
Forget Me Not
10am - 6pm Roll Up For The Christmas Bizarre
The School Creative Centre
1.30pm - 3.30pm Christmas Craft Discovery Day
Rye Museum
1:30pm - 3:30pm Take the Children to Christmas Craft Discovery Day
Rye Museum
7:30pm to 9pm Revel in the Ryesingers “Magnificat” Concert
Rye Parish Church of St Mary
Sunday 8th December Gift a Toy to a Child in Need
Rye Baptist Church
11am - 3pm Shop ‘til you Drop and Support St Michael’s Hospice
Harborough Nurseries
Monday 9th December 10.30 am - 5 pm Stock up on Style
Cordelia James
Tuesday 10th December 10:30am - 5:00pm Handmade and Vintage Christmas Gifts
Crock & Cosy
7.00 pm - 10.30 pm A Night at the Opera
Simply Italian
Wednesday 11th December Sing Along with Sinatra
Simply Italian
Thursday 12th December 5.30 pm - 8.00 pm More Late Night Lingerie
Siren and Pearl
Friday 13th December Tuck In To A Christmas Menu
Peace & Plenty
Step into the Wardrobe
Wobbly Wardrobe
7:30 pm The Magic Of Christmas
Milligan Theatre
3.30 pm Have Fun At The Christmas Fair
St Michael's Primary School, Playden
Saturday 14th December Rock out to the 1066 Rockitmen
The Pipemaker's Arms
Meet Local Author Nathan Goodwin
Rye Tourist Information Centre
10.30 am - Midday Shop For Bargains At Jumble Juniors’ Sale
Rye Community Centre
3.30 pm - 6 pm Take your Little Angels to meet Father Christmas
Rye Museum
Christmas Party by the Sea
The Gallivant
Craft Magic
8pm - 11pm Let Your Hair Down with Louis Turpin
The Queen's Head Inn
Sunday 15th December Sing Carols by Candlelight
Rye Baptist Church
11am - 3pm Harborough Nurseries Christmas Market
Harborough Nurseries
3:30pm and 6pm Join the Lamb Players at Lamb House
Lamb House
Monday 16th December Warm Up with a Spicy Christmas Chocolate Special
Tuesday 17th December Win a Piece of African Art
Wednesday 18th December Treat Yourself to Coffee and Christmas Cake
Hayden's Coffee Shop
Thursday 19th December Indulge in a Lux Candle Massage
Rye Retreat Ltd
Friday 20th December Stock Up on Something for the Boys
W. J. Bennett
Craft Magic
Splash Out on Some Serious Style
The Shop Next Door
Sunday 22nd December Have Fun with Fondue
Edith’s House
10:45am Celebrate the Nativity
Rye Baptist Church
3pm Sing Carols at Rye Harbour
Church of the Holy Spirit
6pm Town Carols By Candelight
Rye Parish Church of St Mary
Monday 23rd December Deck Your Halls With A Christmas Wreath Or Bouquet
Café Des Fleurs
Craft Magic
Tuesday 24th December Make A Great Escape
The Gallivant
5pm Gather Round the Crib
Rye Parish Church of St Mary
11:30am Celebrate Midnight Eucharist
Rye Parish Church of St Mary
Wednesday 25th December Indulge in a luxurious Christmas lunch – with all the trimmings
The George in Rye
10:30am Celebrate Christmas Day At St Mary’s
Rye Parish Church of St Mary
10.30am Take Part in a Family Christmas Service
Rye Baptist Church
Thursday 26th December Book in for a Boxing Day Lunch
The Ambrette
Friday 27th December Step Back In Time
Saturday 28th December Get Down With Chris And Jake
The Queen's Head
Sunday 29th December Holy Communion and Parish Communion
Monday 30th December All Aboard For New Year
Tuesday 31st December Celebrate New Year’s Eve by the Beach
Have A Rock N’ Roll New Year
The George in Rye
Party All Night Long