The Rye Christmas Festival is a fairly new event which had it's pilot year in 2015. A small group of local volunteers have been the force behind getting the Christmas celebrations and spirit back in the town of Rye after a few years of festive 'drought'. 


The committee are responsible for everything to do with the festival, from the fundraising, promotion, event production and all related matters. This is a non-profit community event and all monies raised are put towards the event and its direct costs. 

The committee also purchased and won all of the Christmas lights for the town and they install these with the help of volunteers throughout November.

Please see below a list of the main committee members and their roles so that you can get in contact with whomever your enquiry relates to.


Liz PenDennis- Coordination & Finances

Jen Sinclair- Marketing, Press & Creative

Jeremy Tustin- Performance & Procession

Jane Fitch- Schools & Charities

Hayley May- Sponsorship & Donations

Heather Stevenson - General support

Jacqui Maxted - social media support

Jess Godden - Chief of Grotto & fundraising

Sophie Judge -  Volunteers & event support

Andy Jenner - Production & Lighting

Neil Cunliffe - Legal Logistics 

Andrew May - Events Support

If you need to make direct contact with any of the above whom do not have an active email then please do so through Liz at liz@christmasinrye.co.uk


We are always in need of volunteers to help with this the planning of this event, fundraising for it and help during the day so please get in touch if you are able to offer something.