brighton christmas festival opens

Christmas is calling and your presents is requested… Yep, if Christmas isn’t an excuse to bring out all the terrible puns, we don’t know what is. And, festivities are coming to the city in a Big Way this year, courtesy of the Brighton Christmas Festival.

You’ve probably spotted the big wheel going up (it’s nice having one back!) as part of a funfair on the Old Steine, but a traditional-style Christmas market has also popped up in Valley Gardens – think everything from Brighton’s best hot chocolates and festive fodder to Christmassy creations from some of the city’s best makers, including some Viking drinking horns. Perfect for knocking the German beers back!

boozy hot chocolate with neon cocktail sign brighton

But wait – there’s myrrh (sorry, not sorry): there’s also an Apres-Ski area – hello, mulled wine and show-stopping drinks – near St Peter’s Church, and, of course, Santa’s Grotto (best avoided if you’re Claus-trophobic, obvs). You can see the map of where to find everything here.

The festival itself is free to enter, but there are other paying events. For example, there’s the Dolly Parton Story show and more Christmas party nights than you can shake a sprig of holly at. Every evening is ‘EuroVibes’ at the big top theatre, which is billed as ‘Brighton’s biggest Christmas party’ (from £21.06). Basically, if you love Eurovision and Christmas, then you’ll be in festive cheesy heaven.

Christmas? They’re sleigh-in’ it.

Victoria Gardens, Brighton
Friday, 26th November – Friday, 31st December, 2021; free entry; open every day except Christmas Day; Mon – Sat and NYE (Apres Ski closes at 7pm on NYE), 11am – 11pm, Sun and Xmas Eve, 11am – 6pm (Apres Ski closes at 11pm on Sundays)