Free & Cheap Things to do in December

Published On November 29, 2013 | By We Love Brighton | Archive

Christmas may be approaching us at high speed but there are still lots of great things to do across Brighton this December. Here we’ve rounded up some of the best free and cheap events so you can have a great time and still afford that that jazzy Christmas jumper!

dirty-beachTruCost Super M-Art Exhibition – ONCA Gallery

Dirty Beach, a partnership between Brighton-based artist Lou McCurdy and eco-graffitist Hanksy, will be opening a unique supermarket that not only displays discarded plastic items found on UK beaches. ‘TruCost’ uses all the tricks and trappings of a retail giant, bright, controlled lighting, soothing tannoy announcements, enticing point-of-sale promotions, yet with stock that consists of tongue-in-cheek parodies of own brand product lines.

Fri Nov 15th – Sun Dec 22nd
Wed to Fri 12 – 7pm / Sat & Sun 11 – 6pm – FREE

Sarah Lock colourful baublesArtists Open HousesVarious Venues Across the City

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. Expect a fantastic array of graphic prints, paintings, paper cut sculptures, felt toys, home wares, knitted artwork, photography, jewellery, ceramics, crafts, toys and textiles. Seasonal attractions include handcrafted Christmas cards, wreaths, tree decorations and foodie gifts.

Sat 30th Nov/ Sun 1st Dec – FREE
Sat 7th Dec/ Sun 8th Dec – FREE
Sat 14th Dec/ Sun 15th Dec – FREE

primaryBrighton CryptoFestivalLighthouse

What happens to, and with, our data is a concern that has gradually made its way into the foreground, this day of talks, workshops and activities for adults and children that will arm you with practical, simple tools to help you be more secure online, plus free lunch! This is a free event and is intended for everyone; no prior technical expertise or knowledge is needed, bring along your device of choice!

Sun 1st Dec
12pm – 7pm – FREE (Book Online)

druids-open-mic-628x356Open MicDruids Head

With an attentive audience, nice stage lighting and an acoustic guitar available for use, this humble open mic has everything that you could want to try out brand new material, old half-forgotten songs or cheeky pop covers to induce sing-alongs. New performers will certainly meet like-minded individuals from all walks of life and leave having made a few new friends from the evening. Read our review here.

Weds 4th, 11th, 18th Dec

9pm – FREE

swing-ninjas-3-9640-9774-10819-11282-11303-11729-12245The Swing NinjasMesmerist

A original Brighton busking band, they blend guitar, sax and helicon tuba and turn the venue into a toe tapping feast of lively harmonies. Judging by the ripple of bobbing heads its clear their gypsy swing music spans all ages with such an infectious vibe that it takes you all the way back to a nostalgic period somewhere between the War years accompanied with a sprinkle of modern folk jazz education.

Weds 4th, 11th, 18th Dec
9pm – FREE

BordelloLa Bordello Boheme – Funfair

La Bordello Boheme welcomes you into their wonderful wardrobe of Narnia where they promise to take you on a magical mystery tour complete with charismatic cabaret and sultry sounds blended with a risqué ritual of burlesque. The mistress of ceremonies, the infamous Veronica Blacklace and her troupe of burlesque beauties will openly invite you through the doors of their funfair for this one-off intimate and insatiable soirée not to be missed. BUY TICKETS HERE.

Fri 6th Dec
7pm – 9.30pm – £8

fiil-web1-19580-20092-20772-21595Friday I’m In Love – Coalition

Playing the best music they can get their hands on and with Brighton’s most sought after DJs, Matt Robinson and Josh Holly. Fat Poppadaddys DJs pull out indie, electro, funk, hip hop, reggae, 60’s, 80’s, DnB, dubstep, dance, and anything and everything to keep the dance floor lively!

Fri 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th Dec
11pm – 6am – From £3

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

manual-39Podium Comedy Western Front

A mixture of stand-up comedians, entertainers and musical comedians will keep you on your toes. Come in and warm up by the log fire before going upstairs to a cocoon of comedy that will warm up your insides. Archie Maddocks headlines with support from Ingrid Elise Dahl, Dick Tongue, Matt Banks, Emma Martin, Nigel Lovell, Jorik Mol, Cecilia Delatori and Laura Lexx returns after putting down a heckler in the most devastating way I’ve ever witnessed at the last Comedy Corner!

Weds 11th Dec
7.30pm – FREE

Burning of The Clocks – Brighton City Centre to the Seafront

This year we celebrate the 19th Anniversary of the Brighton-based festival, the Burning of the Clocks. This annual celebration of the winter solstice features a procession of willow and tissue paper lanterns and costumes which work their way through the city centre to the seafront, where there is a bonfire accompanied by spectacular fireworks. The parade is accompanied by live music from local bands, including Maracatu, Bloco Fogo and Brighton School of Samba.

21st Dec
6:30pm – £FREE


who's been sittingWho’s Been Sitting In My Chair Komedia

From the same company who bought Little Red to the Sundae Club in February comes a delightful and playful version of a well-known tale. For everyone who can count to three – especially if you’re aged 3 to 7! “Freehand Theatre’s superb creations are a joy to see. They provide real and effective theatre” Times Educational Supplement.

22-24th Dec, 27th – 31st Dec and 2-4th Jan
11am and 2pm – £9/ £7 concessions

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