Christmas Things to do in Brighton 2014

Published On November 18, 2014 | By Giulia Franzoi | Things to do features

Christmas is well and truly on it’s way (whether you like it or not!) and there are loads of great things happening! Here’s our guide to Brighton Christmas events for 2014. If you’re do for New Years Eve Brighton 2014 check out our other guide!

Pavilion Ice RinkThe Royal Pavilion Ice Rink Royal Pavillion

Stunning, twinkly, romantic, child-friendly… all topped off with beautiful food in the 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, with a range of good value meals and wines on offer as well as real ales and seasonal continental lagers.

Sat 8th Nov – Sun 18th Jan
10.00 am – 10.15 pm | £4 – £14

Bicycle-Powered Christmas Tree Light Switch On The Open Market

Be snow-blown into the festive season when the Bird Studio Children’s Choir perform live at the Open Market. Sing along to all the Christmas classics with special guest appearance from Disney’s Princess Elsa & Anna performing Frozen favourites for all the family to enjoy. Plus the Christmas light switch on of the market’s 20 ft, bicycle-powered Christmas Tree by the cast of Sleeping Beauty and market stalls galore!

Sat 22nd Nov
4.00 pm | FREE

Christmas Grotto Churchill Square

Churchill Square are once again putting on a magical grotto experience for children. This year they will be taking little ones on a very special journey to the North Pole before meeting Santa himself.  Get down to Churchill Square between the 28th November and 24th December where the friendly elves will take your children on a journey they won’t forget.

Fri 28th Nov – Wed 24th Dec, check the Website for further information
10.00 pm – 6.00 pm | £5 CHILD

DSCF1017-1024x768Santa’s Christmas Cottage Drusillas Park

No festivities would be complete without meeting the man himself! Father Christmas makes a welcome return to the zoo again this year. Visit him in his cosy Christmas Cottage during weekends from the 29th November and then daily from 13th to 23rd December inclusive, meet Santa and receive an early Christmas gift.

Sat and Sun 29-30th Nov & 6-7th Dec
Sat 13th – Tue 23rd Dec

10.30am – 4.30pm | Various Prices, check the Website

Christmas Artists Open Houses Various Locations

Christmas Artists Open Houses create a special atmosphere, where you can chat to artists and have a sneaky peak around some of Brighton’s most interesting homes, whilst viewing an amazing selection of individual, unique arts and crafts. What better way to do your Christmas shopping than by sipping mulled wine, eating mince pies before blazing hearths, whilst selecting gifts for family, friends and the odd treat for your self!

Sat and Sun 29-30th Nov, 6-7th & 13-14th Dec
arious Times | FREE

Tremendous Tipi Christmas Festival Brighton Music Hall

Tremendous Tipi Christmas Festival returns to Brighton Music Hall this year. Enjoy live music from the house band singing festive hits and party favourites in the warmth of the fully heated tipi’s. Dance away the afternoon in the candlelight and dine in the tipi with family style Sunday roasts and wholesome Saturday Winter fayre.

Sat and Sun 29-30th Nov, 6-7th, 13-14th, 20-21st Dec
12.00 pm – 6.00 pm | £2.50, KIDS FREE

Winter Wonderland Illuminations Drusillas Park

The Winter Wonderland Illuminations switch on once again! The dazzling display will be turned on at 3:30pm daily with the official Light Show starting at 4:30pm when the magical wonderland scene comes alive as it synchronises 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 29th Nov – Sun 4th Jan
3.30 pm | Various Prices, check on the Website

IMG_8904Beach Hut Advent Calendar Hove Seafront, Kingsway

This is the seventh year of the world’s first beach hut advent calendar. Only one hut is open each night so come and mark the journey to Christmas with us on the beach with art, mince pies and warming drinks and expectation for the festive season.

Mon 1st Dec – Wed 24th Dec
5.30 pm – 6.30 pm | FREE

Christmas Shopper Evening Churchill Square

Fabulous Discounts for one night only, free entertainment & special guests appearance from X Factor finalist and Dancing on Ice Winner, Ray Quinn. Don’t miss this exclusive event!

Thurs 4th Dec
5.00 pm – 9.00 pm | FREE

Yuletide: Christmas Gift CollectionArt5 Gallery

An exciting showcase of five of the gallery’s favourite artists’ work in perfect miniature, offering ideal gifts for the festive season. ‘Yuletide’ is a special collection of ceramics and original paintings in charming smaller sizes by artists Yvonne Coomber, Louise Brooks, David Walker, Tiffany Lynch and Tina Davies, alongside an exciting new range of limited edition prints.

Fri 5th – Weds 24th December
Mon-Sat 10am – 6pm, Sun 11am – 5pm | FREE

Christmas Celebrations at The Regency Town House Regency Town House

Visit the The Regency Town House, a grade I Listed terraced home of the mid-1820s, for an evening of music, Regency characters, readings & carols accompanied by mulled wine & mince pies. We look forward to welcoming you!

Thurs 11th Dec
7.30 pm – 9.30 pm | £12 + booking fee

Traumfrau family Queermas– Club Envy

Drama, disco and all the trimmings! Fear not the festivities this year queers, your Traumfrau family is throwing you a feast and it’s not a roast dinner. Join this holy holidays feast of music and performance with live DJ’s, DIY art projects and a market where you can buy local, ethical, and hand made. Cards, food, clothes, and toys that aren’t for children. 

Fri 12th Dec
10pm | £6

Poster by Graham Carter

Poster by Graham Carter

Burning The Clocks City Centre

Burning the Clocks has been a Brighton tradition for two decades. This free celebration sees local residents parading the paper and willow lanterns they’ve made through the city, before passing them into a huge bonfire on the beach. The coming year is then ushered in with a dazzling fire show during which a massive fire sculpture is ignited, live music plays, and fireworks light up the sky. Same Sky is turning to crowdfunding and local business support to deliver Burning the Clocks on its 21stbirthday by asking local supporters to invest directly via Buzzbnk. The amazing poster on the left, made by Graham Carter is also available via Buzzbnk to help raise funds for the parade.

Sun 21 Dec
6.30 pm | FREE

544229_585826388121280_1332532260_nBrighton Gay Men’s Chorus Winter Show 2014: Putting On The Glitz Theatre Royal

Don your DJs! Put on your pearls! Prepare to take your seats and enter a wintry world of wonder! Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus take great pleasure in extending a diamanté studded invitation to join them amidst the Georgian splendour of Theatre Royal Brighton, as the Chorus raises the curtain on its most glamorous production yet, Putting On The Glitz. 

Sun 30th Nov
7.30 pm | £10 – £24

Christmas With The Rat Pack Brighton Centre

Beat the winter blues with this special Christmas version of the hit West End Show! Take a trip back in time to the glamorous, glitzy nights of Las Vegas in the late 1950s and early 60s where, in the company of three of the world’s most popular entertainers, the fabulous Burrelli Sisters and The Rat Pack Big Band, you will experience Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr & Dean Martin performing at the famous Sands hotel. “…absolutely superb…Left me breathless with pleasure”  The Telegraph

Wed 10th Dec
6.30 pm | £21.50, £24.50, £26.50

Brighton Goes Gospel’s Christmas ConcertHove Town Hall

In their 14th year of bringing magic and music to the city, this electrifying gospel choir promises to deliver an uplifting festive performance set to raise the roof with special guest the acclaimed and respected gospel artist Ryan Carty.

Feel the joy of the Christmas season, enjoy some mulled wine and gospel-style carols, and have a great evening out with this passionate 130-strong choir.

Sat 13th Dec
Doors 6.15pm/Show 7pm | £10/£8/£6 OTD

Christmas Covers Party – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar

It’s back and it’s festive and it’s at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar for the second year running. Besides the short sets, the difference from a regular show is that there are no headliners – the music has a gradual gradient from ‘less party earlier to more party later’ – and the bands don’t tell anyone what they are going to play.

Sat 13th Dec
7.30 pm – 3.30 am | £3 adv, £4 door

704232_389407704474825_1361841062_oChristmas Concert Brighton Dome

Join Brighton Festival Chorus, Brighton Festival Youth Choir and London Gala Orchestra for this annual highlight – a joyous celebration of the very best of Christmas music, from traditional to modern, including all your best loved carols and festive favourites.

Sun 14th Dec
4.00 pm | £12.50 – £25

An Evening With SILHOUETTE Proud Cabaret Brighton

Three stunning girls with outstanding individual modern vocals and harmonies that are second to none. Silhouette came together to create something fresh and bring a new and exciting concept to the entertainment circuit. The girls offer something special with beautifully costumed and fully choreographed shows to cater for every kind of audience.

Tue 16th Dec
7.00 pm – 11.00 pm | £12

Rockinghorse Christmas ConcertSt George’s Church

Get in the festive spirit for an afternoon of choirs singing Christmas carols and enjoy hot drinks and mince pies, plus a very special guest from the North Pole will be making an appearance!

Sat 20th Dec
3.00 pm – 5.00 pm | £4

Nick Andrews & Friends Christmas ConcertBrighton Unitarian Church
Nick Andrews is a musician and music teacher based in Brighton. He runs the community choir ‘Brighton Voices’ as well as ‘Nick Andrews and Friends’; a descriptive moniker covering his diverse range of musical projects, which includes piano and brass recitals as well as a vocal ensemble. This year’s Christmas Concert will feature the eleven members of the ensemble singing both festive and classical music, and promises to be an ideal evening for those looking for a little bit of Christmas’ spirit!
Mon 22nd Dec
7.30pm – 8.30pm | £5 OTD
Christmas-2014-Flyer-Front1-e1412854476590A Christmas Piano Recital by Johan de CockFriends Meeting House

Brighton-based pianist, Johan de Cock, presents a Sunday afternoon recital of original Christmas piano music for the whole family at the Schott Recital Room in Central London. Alongside Christmas works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Bartók, Liszt and Tchaikovsky, Johan will also be premiering new, original Christmas-inspired pieces by composers, Frederick Stocken (UK), Stephan Beneking (Germany) and Trevor du Buisson (South Africa).

Sun 23rd Nov – 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm | £8, £10
Sat 20th Dec –
4.00 pm – 5.00 pm | £8, £10

663_34873_e35c501c20c04eb475bcedd930f3870fMiracle On 34th StreetTheatre Royal Brighton

One of the most popular films of all time comes to the stage in this dazzling new production of Miracle on 34th Street The Musical.
Kris Kringle takes on the non believers in an all singing, all dancing adaptation of this festive favourite. A white bearded gentleman claiming to be the real Santa Claus brings about a genuine Miracle on 34th Street, spreading joy throughout New York City.

Mon 1st – Wed 3rd Dec – 7.30 pm |  £21.40 – £25.40
Tues 2nd – Wed 3rd Dec – 1.oo pm | £21.40 – £25.40

Sleeping BeautyEmporium

As the nights draw in and the winds turn chilly, Emporium bring you a world of winter wonder with their brand new interpretation of timeless classic Sleeping Beauty. A knight, a princess, a witch and a dragon – all are present and correct in a merry mix of myth and magic for all the family from the venue that brought you last year’s yuletide hit Cinders.

Wed – Sun 5th Dec – 17th Jan, 7.00 pm, £12 | £75.50
Sat – Sun 6th Dec – 17th Jan, 8.oo pm – 5.00 pm, £12 | £75.50

Ghost Stories For Christmas Brighton Royal Pavilion

Mention the words ‘Christmas ghost story’, and most people will automatically think of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. But the practice of gathering around the fire at Christmastime to tell ghost stories was a popular Christmas tradition long before Dickens put pen to paper. In fact the telling of ghost stories was once as much a part of Christmas as the turkey and Christmas tree is to us now.

Sat 6th Dec
7.00 pm | £15, £20

NEW-Large-USE-THISCharity-C_largeCharity Chuckle Christmas Cracker Komedia

Award-winning comedians go ELF for LEATHER this Christmas to benefit two local charities, RISE and Survivors Network, as part of the global campaign, 16 Days to End Violence Against Women.

Tues 9th Dec
8.00 pm | £10/£15

Barbara Nice’s Countdown To Christmas!Komedia

Join local housewife superstar Mrs Barbara Nice in a seasonal selection box of fun and frolics! The perfect way to rediscover the joy of Christmas- it`s a party every night! Forget your troubles – come on get happy! What’s so fantastic about Barbara Nice’s performances is that no two shows are the same, but all shows definitely result in one thing – a life-affirming live experience.

Sun 14th Dec – 3.oo pm | £12
Sun 14th Dec – 7.30 pm | £12

Bordello Boheme Christmas Special “Santa Baby”Funfair Club

Bordello Boheme bring to you their Christmas special “Santa Baby” celebrating one year of the Blacklace Burlesque course which has taken many wonderful woman on a spectacular journey from shy and quiet to sexy Sirens.As always the girls will be joined on stage by true professionals including the Mistress of Ceremonies Veronica Blacklace who will be belting out some Christmas classics. Expect mulled wine & mince pies reception, followed by a show packed with draw dropping skill, Beautiful Burlesque and classic Cabaret.

Friday 19th December
Doors 7pm/Show 7.45pm | £9.50 (BUY TICKETS HERE)

A Christmas Carol Brighton Dome

Come on a magical journey down the dark and twisting streets of Dickensian London and discover the ultimate tale for Christmas. Along the way there will be joy, laughter and a little heartbreak in this enchanting blend of traditional ballet and captivating theatre, performed to a glorious classical score.

Sat 27th – Sun 28th Dec
2.30 pm | £10 – £18.50

boyThe Boy Who Never Grew UpThe Old Market

This Christmas time, enjoy a story filled with music, puppetry, magic and fun. Inspired by JM Barrie’s classic tale, welcome to a world where happy thoughts take you flying high, where pirates roam the seas and where magic and adventure is impossible to hide from. Welcome to the world where you never grow up! Join two expert make-believers as they take YOU to Neverland.

Sun 28th Dec – Fri 2nd Jan
11am & 2pm | £8 / Groups 6+ £6 pp





Don’t forget to check out our other Christmas articles –

Check out the Best Christmas Party Venues in Brighton 2014
Find the perfect present at one of the fairs in our guide to the best Christmas Craft Fairs & Markets in Brighton

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About The Writer

Originally from Italy, Giulia studied Modern Languages and came to Brighton to improve her English. Her favourite thing about Brighton is the nightlife!