Brighton Christmas Guide 2022

Christmas 2022 in Brighton  

Are you looking for something extra special to do this Christmas and New Year? With the twinkliest Christmas lights, Santas by the sackload, glittering New Year’s Eve parties, and original gift ideas at independent stores? Then visit Brighton at Christmas!

On top of this, you have the famous Brighton beach and attractions to enthral you. Here are a few of our favourite things to do with family, friends and loved ones during the festive season in the bubbliest of all seaside towns, Brighton.

Brighton Christmas Festival 

The Brighton Christmas Festival promises to get you in the festive mood with a visit to Santa or The Snow Queen´s grotto, a big wheel with fabulous views over Brighton, a super Christmas Market by St Peter’s Church where you can take a virtual reality sleigh ride, and a funfair at Brighton Palace Pier.

The market is super for gift ideas plus there is live music at the Apres Ski Bar, street food and mulled wine.

There’s a traditional family pantomime – oh yes there is! – at the Brighton Centre. This year it’s the magical story of Aladdin with plenty of magic to add sparkle to anyone’s Christmas.

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without – elves! Ho-ho-hop on board The Elf Express at the Ironworks Studio to help the elves make sure all the children in Brighton and Hove get their Christmas gifts.

Winter Wonderland at the Royal Pavilion

Royal Pavilion Ice Rink. Photo credit: Dominic Alves FlickR

The famous Royal Pavilion creates a spectacular backdrop for a winter wonderland. The Royal Pavilion ice rink is amazing, totally child-friendly and romantic too. There’s a bar for mulled wine or hot chocolate with marshmallows to warm you up. The ice rink is open until January 8, 2023, so plenty of opportunities for Insta shots at probably the most beautiful ice rink in the UK. 

 Christmas shopping in Brighton

As well as the Christmas Market, you’ll find plenty of gift ideas in the independent shops in the quaint The Lanes and North Laine. Whether you’re after antiques, arts, crafts, jewellery, books, ethical fashion, or food, you´ll find it in the labyrinth of The Lanes.

If it’s major brands you’re after, the Churchill Square shopping centre has around 70 shops and restaurants in one place. We also recommend you stroll along the shops at Brighton marina, admire the chic boats and pick up incredible gifts.

Burning the Clocks in Brighton

Brighton Christmas Guide 2022
The Brighton Clock Tower lit up at Christmas

If you like quirky and different ways to celebrate Christmas, Burning the Clocks will enthral you. Thousands of people are kept busy making paper lanterns that they parade through the streets before burning them on a bonfire on Brighton beach on December 21. It’s a celebration of the shortest day and the end of the year.

See in the New Year in Brighton!

All the pubs, clubs and restaurants will be hosting special parties. It’s best to book early to guarantee a space. A memorable place to see in the New Year in style is at the i360 giant glass pod by the beach. The evening consists of a three-course meal, pod flight, DJs and dancing. 

Alternatively, you could marvel at the amazing acrobats at Proud Cabaret, relive the anthems of your youth at Apocalypse Brighton bringing seven hours of the biggest party tunes, laugh your way into 2023 at the Komedia Comedy Club NYE Special, or sample amazing cocktails and fabulous music with drag hosts at Bar Revenge (R-Bar).

With so much to do over Christmas and New Year in Brighton, you’ll need a fab place to lay your weary head – and put all that shopping. Take a look at the My Getaways Brighton Accommodation selection to book your festive break in Brighton.

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