one of brighton’s best festivals is back

The Christmas lights are twinkling and the scent of mulled wine is getting stronger in the air, which can only mean one thing… Christmas is around the corner! Can you tell we’re excited here at BOTI Towers? And, with Christmas comes one of the best dates in any Brightonian’s diary. Yes, we’re talking Burning the Clocks. If you haven’t made your own lantern of light and paraded through the city to music with hundreds of people watching, then have you really experienced a proper Brighton festive experience? Now’s the time to put the date in your diary.

Local charity Same Sky created the unique community event which takes place on 21st December each year, bringing the whole city together to mark the shortest day (finally!) and the end of the year. So, what exactly can you expect? Well, if you really want to get stuck in, then get down to hiSbe, The Royal Pavilion or The Book Nook in Hove (and sharpish) to get your hands on one of the last of their handmade lantern kits. They include four wristbands for the parade and enough tissue and willow for you to make two of your own lanterns that reflect this year’s theme: ‘Remembrance’. On the night itself, as you get to the end of the parade and hit Brighton beach, you’ll then pass the lanterns onto a blazing bonfire on Brighton beach, to celebrate the year’s end.


It’s a pretty magical experience and one to get the whole family down to. If lantern-making and parading around town aren’t your thing, then join the crowd and watch the spectacle pass (it’s beautiful), or head down to the beach and see the incredible fireworks that mark the end of the celebrations. It really will make you fall in love with the city all over again.

Same Sky have also got a crowdfunder on the go to support what they do and let the party live on each year. You can support it by choosing from a range of goodies, including a pre-made lantern for the parade and limited-edition prints by Graham Carter, a local artist supporting the event for the sixth year running.

We’ll see you at the starting point at Jubilee Square in the warm glow of the festive lanterns!

Photo credits: Simon Dack (featured image)