CHRISTMAS is only a matter of weeks away and Sussex is starting to get into the Christmas spirit.

Displays of thousands of lights to mark the occasion will be switched on in the coming days across the county, made even more special after the end of coronavirus restrictions.

The Argus has compiled our list of illuminations you won't want to miss this Christmas.

SteamLights by Bluebell Railway: November 5 to January 8

Sparkle, glow and shimmer on a magical steam train covered by thousands of colourful lights. The dark landscape will be illuminated as you journey and enjoy an amazing light show along the way, with festive displays, music and narration. Tickets are available on their website.

Leonardslee Illuminated, Lower Beeding, Horsham: November 25 to December 22

Walk through the beautiful grounds of Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens as they come to life with spellbinding illuminations, large-scale projections, music and theatrical performances. Experience the gardens awash with light, sound, colour and festive cheer on a crisp winter evening. Tickets are available on their website.

Littlehampton Christmas Lights Switch On, High Street, Littlehampton: November 19

Littlehampton Town Council brings you the Christmas lights switch on and late night shopping, with an evening full of Christmas-themed activities and fun for everyone, as well as a variety of performers and lots of delicious food. Lights will be switched on at 7pm.

Christmas in Burgess Hill, Church Walk, Burgess Hill: November 20

Enjoy a packed programme of live musical entertainment, local community group stalls with activities and gifts, fairground rides and children's crafts. Meet your favourite Star Wars characters, with special guests The Imperial Outlanders. Lights will be switched on at 5pm.

Brighton Christmas Festival, Valley Gardens, Brighton: November 26 - December 31

The Valley Gardens area will become a festive haven of sparkling lights, pop-up shops, and Christmas cheer. Stretching from the Old Steine to the Royal Pavilion, there will be over 150 stalls, with entertainment spaces, Santa's workshop, and Alpine-inspired bars with plenty of seasonal food and drink.

Christmas at Cowdray, Midhurst: November 24 - January 1

This unique Christmas light trail after dark will light up the grounds of this historic country estate in the heart of the stunning South Downs National Park. Inspired by the theme 'Joy', the work created by a band of international artists casts the landscape in a new light, illuminating the parkland. Tickets are available on their website.

Glow Wild, Wakehurst: November 25 - January 2

Back for its eighth year, this enchanting winter lantern trail brings to life the gardens of Wakehurst with glowing lanterns, mesmerising projections, immersive soundscapes and glistening torches of fire. The event features record-breaking installations, from the UK's largest natural screen to the tallest living Christmas tree, adorned with 1,800 lights. Tickets are available on their website.

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