Have yourself a Very Merry Christmas in Brighton

Published: Tuesday 6th Dec 2011

Written by: Julia Latham

Caroline, our colleague in the Hove office, has really got into the Christmas Spirit and has sent us an inspirational description of Christmas in Brighton.

So it 'tis the season to be jolly, and where better to be than the South Coast of England! The marvellous city of Brighton is, as always, brimming with Christmas spirit; the lights are up, Santa has taken up his residence in the Royal Pavilion and the City’s runners are primed for the Santa Dash this Saturday, here are just some on the events lined up for this year:

From now and until the 22nd January 2012 go ice-skating in the grounds of the Royal Pavilion - or if you do not fancy that - my personal choice choose a nice spot in the cosy restaurant next door, get yourself a hot chocolate and watch other people skate (and fall over!) Brighton’s gay men’s chorus (who now have a £1 million pound record deal) are in fine voice and are performing at the Brighton Dome on Sunday 11th December 2011.

On Wednesday 21st December, Brighton holds its annual ‘Burning the Clocks’ parade – a celebration of the Winter solstice - free to attend this is a beautiful and unique experience. If you feel up to a pre-dinner stroll on Christmas morning then why not wander down Brighton’s promenade and watch the brave souls of Brighton Swimming Club take their annual dip in the sea at 11am (rather them than me!) Of course Brighton is not the only place to be in Sussex this Christmas; across the county there is plenty to see and do including: Ashdown Llama Park in the heart of the forest where you can meet Father Christmas’s Reindeer! On the 17th and 18th December step back in time and experience Christmas 1830s style at Petworth House. And to aid the New Year hangover why not take a trip to glorious Arundel, and have a festive swim in their heated Lido. Make a day of it and follow your swim up with a trip to the Castle or Arundel Wetlands.

Right I am off to consult my diary and pen in a few of these activities! Merry Christmas!

Julia Latham
Julia Latham


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