Christmas Things to do 2013

Published On November 27, 2013 | By We Love Brighton | Archive

With Christmas fast approaching, why not get into the spirit of the festive season by sampling some of the great yuletide themed events on offer across Brighton, Hove and beyond? We’ve rounded up some highlights so you can take your pick!

Ice Rink

Royal Pavilion Ice RinkRoyal Pavilion

Stunning, twinkly, romantic, child-friendly… all topped off with beautiful food in our rink side bar and restaurant. For adults the rink is a romantic destination for couples to enjoy skating followed by dinner and a bottle of wine, whilst groups of friends can enjoy their winter get togethers in the lively rinkside Bar & Kitchen overlooking the ice skating scene, with a range of good value meals and wines on offer as well as real ales and seasonal continental lagers.

Sat 9th Nov – Sun 19th Jan – 10am-10.15pm – Tickets from £8.50pp


Father Christmas’ Laughter Laboratory – Churchill Square

Father Christmas will be be flying in from the North Pole to visit the children at Churchill Square this Christmas and for the first time ever he will be bringing his Laughter Laboratory with him, along with a crack team of Elf Toy Technicians. The elves are run off their feet and will need the children’s help. Will you be one of his official Toy Technicians and help him pack and choose toys for his sleigh?

Sat 16th Nov – Tues 24th Dec – Opening hours same as Churchill Square – £4.50

Grand Hotel

The Grand’s Christmas Lights Switch On – Grand Hotel

Kick start your festivities in style by heading to The Grand with friends and family for The Grand Switch On.

Thurs 28th Nov – 5.30pm – FREE

IlluminationsWinter Wonderland IlluminationsDrusillas

Drusillas will be switching on their Winter Wonderland Illuminations once again! The dazzling display will start at 4:30pm daily and will incorporate an animal themed light show, synchronised to music. Young revellers can expect to see a host of magical creatures in the ice-capped kingdom, adding some extra sparkle to the festive season.

Sat Nov 30th – Sat Jan 5th – 4.30pm Daily – Prices Vary See Drusillas Website


Open Houses

Artists Open HousesChristmas Festival – Various Locations

The perfect way to take the pain out of Christmas shopping and a chance to pick up a present or something unique for the home. Over 50 houses will be opening their doors, showcasing an incredibly diverse selection of artworks, all available to buy directly from local artists and makers in their homes or studios.

Sat 30th Nov, Sun 1st Dec, Sat Dec 7th, Sun Dec 8th, Sat Dec 14th, Sun Dec 15th – Various times – FREE


Chocolate Workshop – The Garden Cafe – St Ann’s Well Gardens

Learn to make Luxury Belgian hand made Truffles, Xmas Tree Decorations, Chocolate Lollipops and hand filled Gourmet Chocolates. Excellent to give your creations as gift boxed Christmas presents, or even purchase Gift Vouchers. With an afternoon session for kids and adults and evening session for the adults only.

Sat 30th Nov, Sat 7th Dec, Sat 14th Dec, Sun 15th Dec, Mon 23rd Dec – Kids – 4-6pm – Adults – 7-9pm – From £19pp

Beach HutBeach Hut Advent CalendarHove Seafront, Kingsway

Now in it’s sixth year, the worlds first Beach Hut Advent Calendar is a community art celebration of the season of Advent. Every night a different beach hut will open its doors to reveal an artistic festive surprise.

Sun 1st Dec-  Thurs 24th Dec – 5.30pm – 6.30pm – FREE

SimpsonsSimpsons QuizChristmas Special – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar

Do you remember what video game Bart steals from Try’N’Save one year? Do you remember why Homer has to work as Santa? Do you remember who sponsored It’s a Krusty Kinda Kristmas? If so, bring your friends and try to answer tough trivia questions from classic episodes.

Mon 2nd Dec – 8pm -11pm – £1

Churchill Square Late Night Christmas ShoppingChurchill Square

Guaranteed to kick start your Christmas, many of the stores will be offering fantastic one night only discounts and offers and there will be entertainment to get you in the Christmas spirit, with music from The Rockabellas, mulled wine and a roulette table. Whether you are shopping for stocking fillers, a party outfit or slippers for granny – Christmas shopping just got a whole lot easier!

Thurs 5th Dec – 9am-9pm – FREE

pop upThe Pop Up Pavilion Christmas Festival – Brighton Music Hall

The Christmas festival is already proving extremely popular so it is advised to book tickets and food fast!!  If you are planning on dining then we also recommend advance food orders and table reservations particularly if you wish to dine in the tipi and avoid queues on the day.

Sat and Sun 7-8th, 14-15th, 21-22nd Dec £2.50 for adults/ FREE for children

Swing ThingBrighton Swing Thing – Christmas Special – The Loft

Come and start your Christmas celebrations with a Swing. Swing DJs and performances from Brighton Lindyhoppers. Other surprises will be happening throughout the night and all this will start with a beginners Lindy Hop Lesson at 8pm!

Sat 7th Dec – 8pm – 1am – £8 on the door

Santa's GrottoSanta’s Christmas GrottoWetherspoon, Brighton Marina

Children can come see Santa in his grotto and receive a Christmas gift , the event is in association with children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.

Sat 7th, Sun 8th, Sat 14th, Sat 21st, Sun 22nd – 11am-3pm – £3

Ancient Mariner

Christmas Bazaar Ancient Mariner Pub

Come and see us for our Christmas Bazaar, we have lots of lovely things in store for you!! Live music all day with a Christmassy feel!! Kids corner with arts and crafts, face painting and Christmas stories with milk & cookies!!! Santa will also be gracing us with his presents in our Santa’s grotto!

Sat 14th Dec – 12pm – FREE

WinterlandCircus Street Winterland FestivalCircus Street, Brighton

Fantastical, free, festive event for people in Brighton & Hove to enjoy quirky dance performances, a labyrinth with free gifts for children – an alternative Santa’s Grotto, Christmas trees, bar, Alice in Wonderland Imaginarium, food stalls by Street Diner, make your own Christmas decorations, Brighton Bier, get up close and personal with real owls, circus acts, carnival performers, festive illuminations and more!

Sat 14th Dec – 12pm-6pm – FREE

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland with Geordie Shores Very Own Scotty T – Shoosh Nightclub

Three of the best promotional teams in Brighton bring you one huge event complete with their very own Winter Wonderland, Santa’s Grotto and a crazy Snow Machine. If this wasn’t enough to entice you to get out of your slippers, throw on your best Christmas jumper and come down then maybe the fact it will be hosted by Geordie Shore’s very own Scotty T & Guests might do the trick.

Tues 24th Dec – 10pm – £3 Early Bird / £5

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