Christmas by the Seaside

Brighton is a great place to be at any time of year, but as with most cities, it really comes to life over Christmas and New Year.  From ice skating at the Royal Pavilion to fantastic shopping, there is plenty going on in Brighton at this time of year. Here are some of the attractions that visitors can enjoy: 


Stressed-out shop assistants and panicking crowds can make Christmas shopping seem like a chore, so why not combine your Christmas shopping with a relaxing seaside break? From the famous Lanes to Christmas markets, as well as all the usual high street stores on Churchill Square having extended opening hours, you’re bound to find the perfect gift for everyone this year.

As well as that, there’s the MADE Designand Craft Fair where you can buy original artwork directly from the designers, Artists Open Houses which give the opportunity to buy unique from artists exhibiting in their own homes and markets including the German Market selling crepes and waffles, toys and games, spices, herbs and oils and winter knit-ware.

See a Show

If you don’t fancy being away for Christmas, but want to get away for New Year, there’s plenty going on in Brighton in the way of shows and concerts. You can laugh yourself into 2013 on New Year’s Eve at Komedia with Krater Comedy Club, join the Brighton Philharmonic at Brighton Dome for a New Year’s Viennese Concert or catch all the outrageous transvestite shenanigans at the Theatre Royal from 20th December to 5th January. There’s also Starlight Express at the Brighton Centre from 2nd to 5th January.

Other Activities

From ice-skating at the Royal Pavilion to witnessing the switching on of the Christmas lights there’s plenty of festive fun taking place in the seaside town. More unusual activities include a Christmas Pudding race on 1st December, the Brighton Santa Dashon 8th December and the arrival of the infamous Coca-Cola truck on 23rd December.  

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