What a year it’s been. From the COVID pandemic to the rising threat of global warming, it’s safe to say this year has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs. With worry looming over whether or not the country will go back into lockdown, the spirit of Christmas is one that provides hope for people, more so in recent years. The majority of events last Christmas weren’t able to go ahead due to the peak of the coronavirus pandemic but this year, those events are set to make a return once more.
The festivity in Brighton has ramped up significantly over the past few weeks with eager anticipation for this year’s Christmas festival. With last year’s festivities being cancelled, there is much to make up for this time around and what a setup it looks to be.
Situated throughout the Old Steine area all the way up to St. Peter’s Church, the Brighton Christmas festivities will kick off on the 26th of November and run right through until New Year’s Eve. With a plethora of activities available for all ages, it comes as no surprise why this year’s festival is expected to be a success.
Consisting of five Christmas themed zones, the central hub of the event is located in Valley Gardens which is the heart of the market. Filled with stalls and vendors of all types, the market welcomes visitors in with open arms, accommodating all needs.
The Community Celebration square really empowers the message of Christmas. Home to the community stage, the square provides the opportunity for community-based talent to grab the spotlight and entertain. Artists of all types are welcome to shine, with possible special appearances from some of the city’s famous buskers.
Santa’s Grotto is home to the magical man himself, which takes you on a journey to the North Pole with a special appearance from someone very special at the end of Candy Cane Lane.
The Apres Ski zone located in St. Peter’s Square is home to children’s shows, live entertainment as well as a bar because no ski resort is complete without one. With food and drinks options in all zones, you’ll never be far away from succulent warm food and a pint to wash it down with.
The most prominent attraction is the fairground, rich with Christmas spirit, jump on a ride and whiz around a little to bring out that inner child again, or take a more scenic approach and relax into a pod on the big wheel, providing breath-taking views of the Brighton skyline.
You can get involved with the event from the 26th of November whether it’s being a trader on the central market, sponsoring the event and becoming a partner, doing some voluntary work or wanting to show off your talent as an artist. A vast number of opportunities are available to try so why not have a go?