Christmas lights will be switched on in towns and cities throughout the region this evening.
The festive season will get underway in Winchester, Brighton, Salisbury, Reading and Basingstoke.
With a little help from her grandad, Lily Harmer addressed her Christmas wish-list to Santa Claus, North Pole, tied it to two helium balloons and launched it from the cliffs at Hastings. The balloons cleared the trees. But instead of heading for the North Pole they flew over France, Belgium and Germany before touching down - 800 miles from Hastings - in an Austrian ski resort. John Ryall takes up the story.
In his message, Dr Martin Warner, the Bishop of Chichester, urges communities across Sussex to show kindness and compassion to those without families this Christmas.
While tucking into your Christmas turkey, spare a thought for the doctors, nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who will be working on Christmas day.
For the staff at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, December 25 will be just a normal day at the 'office' as they take care of the sick, during the festive season.
I would like to thank all the selfless staff across the hospital who will be away from their families and working on Christmas Day. Their commitment and hard work is always greatly appreciated.
The 15th of December is the busiest day of the year for our posties. Hundreds of thousands of cards, letters and parcels are collected sorted and delivered as our love affair with Christmas cards continues.
At this time of year extra staff have been drafted in by the Royal Mail to cope with the bumper post bags. Our reporter Penny Silvester got up very early this morning to join staff at Reading's sorting office in Berkshire - to give us an insight into the operation there.
The interviewees are: Matthew Taylor, a postman; Clare Brown, a postwoman; and Graeme Tyers, a Royal Mail manager.
With Christmas just a month away, a visit to Santa's grotto will be on many families' list of festive treats.
But for children with autism it can become a stressful experience, with too much noise and bustle.
Now, one mother from Sussex has developed a special autism-friendly grotto, and the idea is being rolled out nationwide.
Malcolm Shaw spoke to Jo-Ann D'Costa-Manuel of Autism Parent Empower, Mark Haynes of County Mall Crawley, and Sharon Watt from Desmond Anderson Primary School.
Winchester's Christmas market is celebrating it's tenth year, and expecting 350,000 people in the run up to Christmas.
Today the cathedral choristers took to the ice for the traditional launch of their festive season.
This year, as Rachel Hepworth reports, they were protected from the elements:
Rachel spoke to choristers, Director of Music Andy Lumsden, Acting Dean, Canon Roland Riem and Operations Director Phillip Holroyd Smith.
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Christmas in Paddock Wood could last an extra two months because of a Collared Dove that has nested in the town's 25-foot high Christmas tree.
The wild bird was discovered when the decorations were being taken down and, thanks to bird protection laws, the tree will have to stay in place until the chicks fly the nest.
Until they leave some time in mid-February the birds are being watched over by CCTV. Sarah Saunders reports.
After the rush of the past few days, Christmas Eve appears to be much quieter.
Town centres and main shopping areas are extremely quiet this morning with few queues.
Staff at the main Tesco store in Newbury say they are "gobsmacked" at the lack of people.
Basingstoke and Reading are also less busy than expected. Roads in the town are almost deserted.
Shops say there was a late rush yesterday and food stores say they were very busy overnight.