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. ETSY CHRISTMAS MARKET | 2ND 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.

2. BEACH HUT ADVENT CALENDAR | 1ST - 24TH DEC

Shimmy on over to Hove Lawns to catch a glimpse of the annual beach hut countdown. A different hut opens each day to reveal its festive art installation inside everyday between 5.30pm and 6.30pm. There’s even free mince pies and mulled wine. Mmmmm … mulled wine. 

3. CHRISTMAS ARTISTS OPEN HOUSES | 2ND & 3RD, 9TH & 10TH 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. 

4. FESTIVE BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH | 2ND, 9TH, 16TH, 23RD DEC

Nothing says Christmas like getting merry with your nearest and dearest. Patterns are kicking off the Xmas season with a set of festive Bottomless Brunch specials: 2 whole hours of bottomless booze and brunch! A warm, hearty feed washed down with either bottomless bubbles or bottomless Bloody Mary’s. A cheeky Ukulele lesson and Disco, Funk & Soul and cheesy Christmas classics to tap your toes along to. This really is all we want for Christmas. 

5. ICE SKATING | UNTIL 14TH 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. 

6. THE CHRISTMAS V.I.B TOUR | WEEKENDS IN DEC

Just for this month, those two lovely ladies over at Brighton Food Tours are hosting a festive pimped-up version of their acclaimed trail - The V.I.B Tour (Very Independent Brighton). You’ll get a Christmas-stocking-selection of the eclectic sights and tastes from the unique makers and producers to the unsung heroes of Brighton’s indy food & drink scene. That and the exclusive discounts on food, shopping and pressies will really put the jingle in your jangle this Christmas. 

7. MALT WHISKY TASTING MASTERCLASS | 12TH & 13TH DEC

This Single Malt Whisky Tasting Masterclass over at the North Laine Brewhouse is going to be real neat. Hosted by David Wood of Distilled Events, you’ll get to learn all about the history of Scotch and hear first hand what it is like to live and work on a remote Hebridean island, producing the equivalent to 18 million bottles of whisky each year. You'll taste 6 awesome, out of the ordinary single malt whiskies and learn all about how Scotland's gift to the world makes the incredible journey from field to table. Cheers big ears! 

8. SANTA DASH | 9TH 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. CHRISTMAS QUEENS | 12TH DEC

We almost wee’d a little when we heard the freakin fabulous Christmas Queens was back. We’ve been sissy’ing our walk all year in anticipation of such news. RuPaul’s Drag Race’s album Christmas Queens #3 has just dropped so come celebrate your diva realness with a night of sickening festivities at The Brighton Centre. The hawt and oh so fierce Michelle Visage will be the host for the evening with a talented line-up of Sharon Needles, Ivy Winters, Ginger Minj, Peppermint, Thorgy Thor and Jinx Monsoon. Can I get an A-Men!  

10. ORGANIC VEGAN CHOCOLATE WORKSHOP, WITH PROSECCO | 12TH, 19TH DEC & 23RD JAN

Work with the world’s finest, organic Peruvian cacao, tempering your chocolate on marble slabs and create a box of treats to take home and lots of ganache truffles, all with a glass of Prosecco included! These workshops are completely free from animal products, refined cane sugars and palm oil so you can keep a clean conscience while getting your hands messy. Merry chocolate’mas!  

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 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? A stretch of seafront between Brighton’s two piers has been studded with ten colourfully-lit igloos that you can book for you and up to 16 buddies. Fill up on a vast array of delicious eats and get boozy on craft beers, mulled favourites, and even a wintry take on our lovely hippy city’s beloved Tuaca. How could you not be inuit?

Published -1st December 2017