discover hilly hanover with the return of the christmas street advent calendar

We’re feeling quite Christmassy over here at BOTI Towers. Now it’s December, we’ve allowed ourselves to eat mince pies, drag the too-big tree home and watch our first so-terrible-it’s-brilliant festive film. But it wouldn’t be Christmas in Brighton without the wonderful Hanover Christmas Street Calendar.

If you’re not familiar, participating streets in the hilly neighbourhood are each allocated a day in December, right up to Christmas Eve. Street by street, the houses decorate and light up their front windows each evening, creating a living calendar that culminates in a massive street display on 24th December when all the houses are illuminated.

With lots of artists living in the area, you can always be sure of some pretty special displays. It’s a great opportunity to get stuck into some Christmas and community spirit and explore the neighbourhood (and its many pubs), especially as many of the streets hold friendly get-togethers on their days. Plus, it’s all for a good cause: there will be collections for Clock Tower Sanctuary, a Brighton-based charity that works with young homeless people to give them space, support and stability.

There are a lot of streets in the area, so if you’d like a lovely pictorial version of what’s on when drawn by local artist and illustrator Lisa Holdcroft (you’ll probably have seen her colourful and quirky trademark illustrations around the city), you’ll find it here. Otherwise, here’s the run-down of the street order before the big finish on the 24th.

1st: Franklin Street and Picton Street; 2nd: Washington Street and Quebec Street; 3rd: Queens Park Road and Lincoln Street; 4th: Albion Hill, Carlyle Street, Scotland Street and Belgrave Street; 5th: Elm Grove and Hampden Road; 6th: Howard Road and Whichelo Place; 7th: De Montfort Road and Carisbrooke Road/Ryde Road; 8th: Southampton Street and Newhaven Street; 9th: Arnold Street and Stanley Street; 10th: Islingword Road and Hanover Street; 11th: Luther Street, Islingword Street and Islingword Place; 12th: Montreal Road; 13th: Milton Road; 14th: Holland Street and Southover Street; 15th: St Luke’s Road and Rochester Street; 16th: Beaufort Terrace, Coleman Street and Freshfield Street; 17th: Ewart Street and Windmill Street/Windmill Terrace; 18th: Toronto Terrace; 19th: Lynton Street; 20th: Jersey Street; 21st: Richmond Street; 22nd: Bonchurch Road, Hanover Terrace and Whippingham Road; 23rd: Grove Street

Sunday 1st December – Tuesday 24th December, from around 6.00pm
Various streets in Hanover, Brighton BN2 

Photo credit: Robert Ashby