Things To Do In Brighton in December
We’ve been lucky enough in Brighton to have had some amazing sunny days through November. Although, like today, the sky is blue and the sun is shining and Brighton’s seafront looks spectacular, there is definitely a winter nip in the air - Christmas is coming! It’s the perfect time of year to wrap up and take a seafront walk; Brighton is full of festive fun throughout the city. So don’t spend your time sat at home in front of the TV. Brighton has some of the traditional and more unusual Christmas activities that are sure to give you that Christmas glow.
The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink, Throughout December
With the stunning backdrop of the Royal Pavilion, twinkling lights and a Christmassy atmosphere, ice skating at the Pavilion Ice Rink is an absolute must! Wrap up warm and take yourself along to this open air winter wonderland. With a Jamie Oliver pop-up restaurant and bags of Christmas cheer, it’s perfect for a family trip, a romantic evening or just for fun with friends.
CINECITY Brighton Film Festival - Until 7th December
Now in its 12th year, CINECITY 2014 is dedicated to presenting the best in World Cinema via a mix of previews and premiers. Held in special pop-up venues around the city, CineCity 2014 sets out to embrace the wider culture of cinema. Presenting a range one off screenings, special events and live performance in some great locations including Duke of York’s Picture House and St Bartholomew’s Church.
Beach Hut Advent Calendar, Hove Lawns - 1st to 25th December
Looking for something a little different? Well, every evening during Christmas Advent the beach huts along Hove Lawns will in turn be opened to reveal a festive installation.
Christmas Fairy Tale Fair, Brighton Race Course - 6th December
Join in on Small Business Saturday with over 100 whimsically festive stalls from local designers and makers. Avoid the crowds and hustle of the high street and bag yourself some fantastic original Christmas gifts, with Jewellery, clothes, bags, vintage items and more there’s sure to be a present for everyone. For that extra festiveness, there will be a Christmas photo booth, face painting, singers, entertainment and of course Santa. http://www.thefairytalefair.co.uk/fairs/brighton-racecourse-christmas-2014/
Smugglers’ Night, Rottingdean - 6th December
Don’t let the weather ‘Shiver your timbers’! Join the people of Rottingdean in this annual event which sees an evening with a torch light procession, with literally 100’s of pirates and smugglers parading to the sound of drums and ending with a spectacular firework display on the beach. So, come to the birth place of Kipling’s ‘A Smugglers’ Song’ for a night of flicking flames, the glow of the fire and pirate song - oooh arrrrrrr.
Santa Dash : Hove Lawns - 13th December
Always wondered how Santa gets around everyone so quickly in one night? It’s all about the training and all this training can be seen along the seafront, as 100’s of runners partake in the annual Santa Dash. All dressed in the famous red and white suit in aid of charity.
Make It At The Market, The Open Market - 13th December
If you’re still in need of that illusive Christmas gift, then why not give a gift that has been lovingly hand-made by you!? As the artists and craftspeople who normally sell at The Open Market will be showing you their skills, helping you to create the perfect, personalised and unique Christmas gifts. With lots of festive activities, chocolate making, music and of course Father Christmas, it’s a great way to fill those stockings.
Artists Open Houses, Various Brighton Locations - 14th December
Now in its 12th year and even bigger than ever, join local artists in the comfort of their own home with a wealth of wonderful things for you to view. With many offering mince pies and mulled wine, it’s a great opportunity to browse some original and exceptional work including jewellery, ceramics, textiles, paintings and sculpture. Get the chance to talk to the artist and with Christmas approaching, it’s the perfect opportunity to buy some exceptional gifts.
Christmas Pudding Race, New Road, Brighton - 14th December
The Great Christmas Pudding race is sure to be the strangest race you have ever seen. Teams of 5, in fancy dress battle it out to run an obstacle course of general silliness whilst balancing a Christmas Pudding. If the taking part is not your thing, don’t worry - it’s much more fun watching the wacky event! All in the aid of charity, it’s a great way to kick of the festive season.
Burning The Clocks, Madeira Drive - 21st December
Join the people of Brighton & Hove for a celebration of the winter solstice and to usher in the coming of the sun. This much loved winter event sees a parade of paper and willow lanterns, lead by Our Lady of Light as she heads for the beach to split the tides and the sun is reborn. It’s a spectacular event to watch from the city, before their final destination on the beach. Here a fire and fireworks show begin, with tradition being for lantern bearers to throw you lantern into the fire along with their hopes and fears and a wish for the year ahead.
Christmas Day Swim, Brighton Beach - 25th December
Christmas Day in Brighton sees the annual Christmas Day Swim. Where crazy,( sorry, “brave”) participants venture into the sea off Brighton beach for a quick (very quick) dip. Take a break from opening presents and come and cheer these poor souls on. If you’re feeling adventurous then why not have a go - but be warned the sea gets very cold at this time of year - Goose fat anyone?
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