Brighton Music Hall are hosting the Beach Igloos’ Masked Carnival Ball this Christmas. A three course banquet or buffet in your personal igloo with the Midnight Robber Magician visiting your table. You will be given a cocktail on arrival. Also, Marvel the Carnival Fool will be there breathing fire and hula hooping for entertainment. There will also be a DJ playing until 2am. You will get your own cosy igloo with cocktail bar. For the Banquet and Ball it is £50 per head and for the Buffet and Ball it is £35 per head. They can cater from 4 to 250 people. The igloos can also be hired out for dinner and drinks throughout the month of December.

Something for the little ones is visiting Preston Manor on the 16th, 17th and 23rd of December to see Father Christmas. It is £9 per child, thereafter £10 per child (plus Preston Manor admission). Price includes gift. Another one is visiting Drusilla’s Winter Wonderland. At weekends from Saturday 18th November you can visit Santa. You can visit him from the 14th -23rd December daily. This costs an additional £11 on top of the entry price. You can also meet Santa’s reindeers from Saturday 18th November – 23rd December or Hug a Husky in the ‘Ice Cave’. The Seasonal Fayre will also be back on weekends from the 18th November onwards and daily from the 14th-23rd December.

You can always visit the Royal Pavilion this Christmas. It starts on the 19th November at 10am and ends on the 4th January at 4.30pm. You can take your own festive photo in the music room where George IV entertained his guests. There are also some activities for the younger ones. On the 3rd & 4th, 10th and 11th and the 18th and 19th of December there will be story telling in the Music Room between 12-4pm (on the hour, lasting 25 minutes). There is also the option for them to make their own tree decorations between 12-4pm. (both free with admission).

After you have finished inside the Royal Pavilion, you can always head outside for some fun on the Ice Rink. Tickets for this can be bought in advance or on the day. Full price tickets (12 and over) are £13 during a peak session and £10 for an off-peak session. Those under 12 cost £8.50 during a peak session and £7 for an off-peak session. There are also cheaper prices for concessions. The ICE RINK also has its own bar and restaurant that is open to skaters and non-skaters. There is no charge for spectators. The Ice Rink it usually open from the first week in November to the second week in January.

For something a little different, the Beach Hut Advent Calendar takes place every year on Hove Lawns on the 1st-24th December. This is a live advent calendar, where one beach hut is opened each night before Christmas to reveal festive creations that have been specially created for this event. One door is opened from 5.30pm-6.30pm every evening. The huts are based between Hove Lawns and Hove Lagoon.

If you enjoy running, the Santa Dash on Hove Lawns would be a great to get involved with. It usually happens on the second Saturday in December. It is all in aid of the Rockinghorse Charity who have helped improve the lives on sick children in Sussex for the last 50 years. The dash starts on the Hove Lawns opposite Adelaide crescent near the peace statue. To take part it costs £17.50 (£1.60 handling fee) and this includes race entry, your santa suit and medal. There is also a kids race just before the main dash. This is free for the children and they will all get a medal after participating.

The Brighton Dome is also hosting some great shows in December. For something more comedic, you can go an watch John Richardson on Tuesday the 12th for just £21.50 a ticket. ‘The Big Christmas Singalong!’ is also back at the dome this year. The Choir With No Name is an organisation that runs choirs for homeless and marginalised people. They will be bringing their choirs from London, Liverpool and Birmingham for a performance in Brighton. You can see this on Friday the 15th at 7.30pm for just £12.The Nutcracker Suite and The Snowman will also both be bought together with a Live Orchestra on Saturday the 16th with two different showings. The story of the Nutcracker is with a narration read by Pui Fan Lee, accompanied by new illustrations. It is then followed by The Snowman film, screened with a live performance of walking in the air. Something for both adults and children to enjoy.

Of course the children cannot miss out on the pantomimes. Brighton and Hove are never short of those around Christmas. Beauty and The Beast will be shown at the Meridian Centre in Peacehaven from the 6th – 9th December. The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio is also going to be at The Attenborough Centre in Falmer, Brighton from the 20th December to the 6th January.

For something more traditional, Burning The Clocks is a regular celebration every year in Brighton. It brings the city together on the shortest day of the year. People make their own lanterns and after parading through the city, they pass them into a bonfire on Brighton Beach to represent the years end. A fire and fireworks show will be put on at the bonfire.

Another annual event in Brighton that is highly celebrated is the Christmas Day Swim. Originally just an event for England’s oldest swimming club, Brighton Swimming Club, members go for a morning swim just west of Palace Pier. So if you would like to brave the cold waters on the 25th, head down to Brighton Beach.

Something more traditionally Christmassy is maybe visiting a festive market. There is always Brighton Christmas Market which is held in Jubilee Square. You can visit the market between the 11th of November and the 23rd of December. You will find Santa’s Grotto there from the 17th. You will find homemade confectionary, a great selection of food and drink such as mulled wine, crepes, fudge, jewelry and much more.
Christmas shopping in The Lanes is a must if you are visiting Brighton and Hove during the festive period. With lots of independent businesses and unique traders. You are bound to find some great treasures and gifts.


If you are wanting to visit Brighton and Hove this winter, give us a call on 01273 911213 or email us at to see what properties are available for your preferred time.

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