Free and Cheap Things to do December 2015
It may be the most expensive time of year for many but don’t worry! Get on your mittens and get out the door as there’s a huge amount of free and cheap things to do December 2015. From art exhibitions, markets, Christmas grottos and free New Year’s Eve bashes – even the Magna Carta couldn’t help but stop by in town this month. Don’t miss our Christmas Things to Do and NYE guide for even more that’s happening.
‘Natural Selection’ Exhibition by Seiko Kato – Corridor Gallery
This December, Corridor Gallery and House of Juba invite you into the magical world of Seiko Kato, a captivating installation of intricate collage work, including the opportunity to see Seiko working live, giving fascinating insights into her creative process.
Date / Time: 1st Dec – 31st Dec | 11am – 6pm
‘Women & Abstracts’ – BRUSH
Opening on World Aids Day 2015 and featuring a solo show of new paintings by Brighton based fine artist Romany Mark Bruce, trustee of The Sussex Beacon who offer specialist care and support for people affected by HIV. The artist’s latest body of work merges effortlessly between figurative, abstract expressionism and the space in between. There will also be a chance to win a print via a raffle.
Date / Time: 1st Dec – 30th Dec | 10am – 6pm
Arena: Day and Night – University of Brighton
Arena: Day and Night is a 24-hour visual journey that follows the pattern of day and night in sync with British wintertime. Drawn exclusively from Arena’s rich and varied archive of over 600 films, the series has featured the most significant cultural figures (high and low) of our time. The first gallery introduces the series and its subjects and the second gallery presents the entire 24-hour sequence that can be viewed from the street at all hours and within the gallery during opening hours.
Date / Time: 1st Dec – 12th Dec | Mon – Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 10am-4pm, closed Sundays
Christmas Artists Open Houses – Various Venues
Artists and makers open their houses and studios, letting art lovers browse and buy original artwork direct from the artist. With a focus on quality and value for money, visitors can expect to see a wide range of art including jewellery, ceramics and textiles, paintings, sculpture, printmaking, photography and many other media.
Date / Time: 5th Dec & 6th Dec, 12th Dec & 13th Dec
Great War Exhibition – Jubilee Library Brighton
The Brighton and Hove Heritage Commission is very proud to sponsor a Great War exhibition at the Jubilee Library, featuring Brighton and Hove in World War I. This event is being held to remember some of those from the city who took part in the war such as the receivers of the Victoria Cross, women’s movements, the Quakers, the Royal Sussex Regiment, the Indian Hospital and many more…
Date / Time: 7th Dec – 22nd Dec
Christmas Grotto – Churchill Square Shopping Centre
The theme for Churchill Square’s Santa’s Grotto this year is The Christmas Pudding Factory. There will be loads of fun activities for children to take part in and all the action takes place inside a giant inflatable pudding! Learn the dance of the Pudding Plum Fairy, sing along with the Christmas ‘caroloke’ and play games before you meet Santa and his helpers Figbert and Brandy in the kitchen.
Date / Time: 3rd Dec – 24th Dec
Admission: £5 per child
Wild Strawberry Christmas Fair – Brighton Unitarian Church
Showing off some of Sussex’s best and most creative crafty people and their wares, they endeavour to showcase a wide variety so it’s not just a jewellery sale but a full ranging craft fair sale, with lots of great stalls to browse at affordable prices. Bringing you some of the best that Sussex has to offer, you won’t walk away empty-handed.
Date/ Time: 5th Dec
Christmas Art Market – The Claremont
The Claremont provides the perfect setting for admiring the collections and for the year’s Christmas fair. Enjoy a complimentary mulled cider and mince-pie flapjack whilst picking out the perfect unique gifts for your friends and family. This year there’s a fantastic mix of brand new artists and regular favourites with works across such a variety of disciplines, there’s sure to be something for everyone.
Date / Time: 5th-6th Dec/12th-13th Dec
Etsy Christmas Market – Open Market
The Brighton Etsy Team return to the open market for their annual Brighton Christmas fair on Sunday December 6th, featuring stalls from a variety of sellers from the local craft community, selling everything from homewares and jewellery to handmade skincare products, artwork and clothing; it is the perfect opportunity to find all of the unique gifts you’ll need this Christmas.
Date / Time: 6th Dec | 10am – 5pm
Admission: FREE entry
Nick Andrews and Friends – Brighton Unitarian Church
Nick Andrew & Friends is a classical singing ensemble based in Brighton, incorporating a number of other music projects led by Nick Andrews. The concert is a varied programme of festive and classical music with a retiring collection in aid of the Martlets Hospice. Come and join them, sing carols and most importantly: have fun!
Date / Time: 22nd Dec | 7.30pm
Magna Carta – The Keep
The Magna Carta exhibition has been jointly created by East Sussex Record Office, the de Montfort Project and The Magna Carta project at King’s College to celebrate the 750th anniversary of Simon de Montfort’s parliament of 1265 and the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta. It will take place in the lobby area of The Keep, and will be available to view during regular opening hours.
Date / Time: 1st Dec – 12th Dec
The Forest – Brighton Dome
The event is a journey through a mystical forest in this multi-sensory adventure created for teenagers and adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) and their companions. Trapped in lives filled with daydreams, Thea and Robin both crave an escape from their everyday routines. ‘The Forest’ is an intriguing multi-sensory tale which immerses audiences in a world full of new sights, sounds, smells and sensations.
Date / Time: 3rd Dec – 5th Dec | 11am & 1.30pm
Admission: £8 combined ticket for participant and companion | £5 individual ticket for friends and family
Burning the Clocks – Brighton Beach
Every year on 21st December, the shortest day of the year, Same Sky – Brighton’s community art charity – produces a much-loved free event in Brighton called Burning the Clocks. It is a unique community event in which local people make their own paper and willow lanterns, parade them through the city and pass them into the fire on Brighton beach, as a token of the year’s end. Then a dazzling fire show is set in motion, in which a massive fire sculpture is ignited, live music plays, and fireworks light up the sky! Over 2,000 people now take part in the parade and over 20,000 spectators turn out to watch.
Date / Time: 21st Dec | 6.30pm
Sleigh Rides – The Level
Take a ride with Santa in his sleigh again this year to help raise vital funds for BHT’s First Base day centre who support homeless people in Brighton and Hove. Santa’s sleigh ride costs £4 per person and approximately 6 people can ride at any one time to have a festive ride around The Level. This year they also have hot donuts, roasted chestnuts and a couple of children’s rides to entertain the kids.
Date / Time: 21st Dec | 12pm – 6pm
The Globe Goes Gatsby NYE Bash – The Globe
Celebrate in style this New Year’s Eve with local favourites The Levity playing live funk and soul followed by resident BRAINS DJs seeing you into 2016! Also expect 90s Hip Hop, 00’s Indie, electronica and anything in between to dance your way into the best year of your life! Hopefully…
Date / Time: 31st Dec | 8pm – 4am
New Year’s Eve Party – the Caroline of Brunswick
The entry will be free as always and they’ll have DJs on both floors, with WAZ in charge of ROCK THE CAZBAR duties (metal, punk, hard rock classics), and the RELEASE THE BATS crew upstairs (goth, alt 80s) to get you dancing.
Date / Time: 31st Dec | 9pm
Admission: FREE entry
Live Lounge – the Fiddler’s Elbow
Enjoy the last day of the year with some great live music ranging from folk to reggae, Irish trad to gypsy jazz. Fiddler’s Elbow has everything covered!
Date / Time: 31st Dec
Cover Photo Courtesy of Dominic Alves