Hot chocolate, mulled wine, mince pies, elf, roast dinner, ice skating and friends & family. CHRISTMAS WE HEART YOU. If like us you can’t fgnfjnjkseiriuokn wait, here are some jolly jubilant winter festivities to keep you entertained til the big day.
1. FESTIVE CHEESE & CRACKING WINE | 28TH NOV
Following the success of Blanch House's wine and cheese night earlier this year, The Brighton Wine Co. decided a repeat performance is in order. So just like last time, lots of delicious, yummy cheese, but paired with some Christmas classics and a few new surprises that will help the turkey slip down all the better on the big day.
2. CHRISTMAS ARTISTS OPEN HOUSES | 24TH & 25TH NOV, 1ST & 2ND AND 8TH & 9TH DEC
Put down the high street shopping bags and make for the Artists Open Houses this December. All over the city artists are opening up their homes and inviting you in for a mince pie or two, a browse of their artwork and the rare chance to chat to the artist themselves. Ceramics, jewellery, prints, handcrafted Christmas cards, wreaths, tree decorations and homemade foodie gifts will all be available to buy this year. Dear Santa, please bring more mince pies.
3. THE CHOCOLATE COCKTAIL CLUB | 16TH NOV - 15TH DEC
Chocolate and Cocktails! What's not to love? This sweet pop-up will be open from Thursdays to Saturdays at The Vine Club, and will be bringing a delicious mouth-watering menu, serving chocolate twists on classic cocktails, christmas blends including mint, gingerbread, cinnamon and more. Watch out for their signature Chocolate Martini which is included with each ticket! Having a love of all things chocolate, they've have infused their cocktails with a diverse range from creamy and intense to cool and refreshing, each drink is garnished with a treat to get the tastebuds flowing for a night of heavenly cocktails.
4. BRIGHTON COMMUNITY KITCHEN | NOV & DEC
The Brighton Community Kitchen is the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership's new cookery school, featuring a range of brilliant classes with chefs and food experts, that aims to support community courses for health & wellbeing. Throughout November and December there are a heap of festive cookery classes such as a Meat Free Christmas; Food Gifts for the Holidays; Christmas Trimmings and Christmas Game with Masterchef winner, Peter Bayless. Get yourself booked onto one of these cracking courses and you'll be whipping up a snow storm in the kitchen in no time.
5. CHRISTMAS CERAMIC CLASS | 5TH & 19TH DEC
If you’ve always wanted to give a ceramics workshop a try this is the perfect intro for absolute beginners. You can sup on great beers, chow down on tasty grub and whip up a handmade ceramic to take home. The experienced tutors will educate you on the basics of how to ‘throw’ a pot on the potters wheel, and guide you through making your piece. Once your pièce de résistance has been made you’ll choose from a wide range of colour glazes and head over to the venue a few weeks later to pick it up. Voila! It’s as simple as that.
6. ETSY CHRISTMAS MARKET | 1ST DEC
This Saturday head down to the Brighton Dome where you’ll find the little Brighton Etsy elves that have been working hard all year to produce some top quality handmade Christmas gifts. The best bit is, it’s FREE. No excuses Brighton shoppers, support local, independent businesses and pick up some beautifully unique pressies to pop under the tree.
7. CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATE WORKSHOP, WITH PROSECCO | 4TH & 11TH DEC
Nothing is better than chocolate, except chocolate and booze! Experience an authentic chocolate workshop with CocoaCrystal. Celebrate with friends, stimulate tastebuds and get hands-on. Start with 3 simple ingredients from the finest raw Criollo cacao. Learn the science behind tempering and playfully remix your handmade chocolate on marble slabs, using professional equipment and techniques. Your expert tutor will guide you through the facts, history and secrets of cacao. Most excitingly, you can make a tray of chocolates to give as a Christmas pressie or take them home all for yourself (we won't judge)! Merry chocolate’mas!
8. SANTA DASH | 8TH DEC
If you’ve gone for a nice winter's day walk along the seafront and you happen to bump into a few hundred rosy cheeked santa’s in a hurry, no you haven’t had too many mulled wines, it’s the annual Santa Dash! It really is a sight to behold, and all for a good cause. They’re asking runners to raise vital funds for local children’s charity Rockinghorse. Someone call the real Santa cos these runners are about to sleigh this workout.
9. ICE SKATING | UNTIL 13TH JAN
Listen up Shoopy McShoop Faces, it’s time to get on the ice and glide like a damn swan. Limber up and stretch those limbs in the most magical looking ice rink you ever did see. With the Royal Palace in the backdrop an evening skate is recommended as you cruise around pretending like you’re in a Nas video, watch out for the show off in the middle though (there’s always one) before he takes you out with a half turn dribble wibble split turn. Yeah you know who you are. For those not up for the chilly challenge, grab a seat in the rinkside Bar & Kitchen for a bite to eat and a oh ho ho so tasty mulled cider.
10. THOR'S TIPI BAR | UNTIL 31ST DEC
Enter a nordic winter wonderland in the heart of Brighton, Thor's Tipi Bar is complete with atmospheric open fires, cosy furs and a winter garden. This epic Christmas pop-up bar is the ideal place to make a pit stop after a hard day's Christmas shopping, find warmth around their roaring fire. Yule nears & where better to sit - fairy lit - and raise a glass of mulled wine? Skol! Christmas cheer here is plentiful: real log fire, sweet treats, hot cocoa, warm cider, fine ales and we banging burgers from Wriggle favourites, Greasy Paws next door - there's even a cheeky Wriggle deal on, grab yours here.
11. BURNING THE CLOCKS | 21ST DEC
The whole city comes together in this fiery, papery extravaganza to mark the winter solstice. This festive event is free and suitable for the whole family. Local residents make their own paper and willow lanterns to carry in a huge procession that finishes on the seafront where the lanterns are added to blazing bonfire. The jolliness continues with a glittering fire show, live music and spectacular fireworks. Well it is the season to sparkle don’t cha know.
12. BRIGHTON BEACH BOX & IGLOOS | UNTIL 24TH DEC
When it comes to keeping the chill out now winter has begun in earnest, why not learn from the real experts – Eskimos – and get merry in an Igloo? Indulge in a cocktail in Brighton Music Hall's festoon adorned igloos as entertainment goes on around you. Dine inside the heated shipping containers; complete with candelabras and cosy skins. Dance the night away on the huge dance floor in the Christmas Boxes to the sounds of the live band and DJ, all against the spectacular backdrop of Brighton Beach. With real fires, fantastic terraces to admire the pier to pier views and toasty igloos to lounge and relax, this promises to be a magical setting for your Christmas festivities.