discover hilly hanover with the return of the street advent calendar

We’re feeling quite Christmassy over here at BOTI Towers. And god knows we need some festive fun to cheer up the horror of 2020. The Christmas lights may be up, but it wouldn’t be Christmas in Brighton without the wonderful Hanover Advent 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, like the brilliantly topical feature image from a house on Grove Street. 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 (or you can donate at this link), a Brighton-based charity that works with young homeless people to give them space, support and stability.

Speaking of those pubs, it’s the perfect opportunity to check them out (providing you’re eating and are in line with the new Tier 2 Covid rules, obvs). Here’s a few to get you started: there’s Village at the Coleman Street/Islingword Road junction for great mulled wine and North African food, The Greys (great beers and tasty roasts) and The Geese (sausage and mash kings) at the other end of Coleman Street, the fabulous beer selection from Brighton Bier pubs Haus on The Hill (top of Southover Street, serving up fabulous Caribbean food from Danny O’Shea, ex The Bus Stop) and its cousin Free Haus (Howard Road), the Constant Service further up Islingword Road, The Islingword, The Independent, The Dover Castle, The Sir Charles Napier. Take your pick!

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: Washington Street; 2nd: Hanover Street, Howard Road and Lincoln Street; 3rd: Agnes Street and De Montfort Road; 4th: Islingword Street, Milton Road and Whichelo Place; 5th: Belgrave Street and Franklin Street; 6th: Arnold Street, Hamden Road, Hanover Terrace and Holland Street; 7th: Carlyle Street and Grove Street; 8th: Stanley Street and Beaufort Terrace; 9th: Bentham Road, Ewart Street and Southover Street; 10th: Gladstone Terrace and Scotland Street; 11th: Albion Hill and Islingword Place; 12th: Montreal Road and Toronto Terrace; 13th: Islingword Road, Picton Street and St Luke’s Road; 14th: Quebec Street and Elm Grove; 15th: Queens Park Road; 16th: Normanton Street and Richmond Street; 17th: Windmill Street, Windmill Terrace and Queens Park Rise; 18th: Coleman Street and Bonchurch Road; 19th: Jersey Street and Sudely Street; 20th: Luther Street and Southampton Street; 21st: Freshfield Place; 22nd: Lynton Street; 23rd: Carisbrooke Road, Ryde Road and Queens Park Terrace; 24th: all of them!

Tuesday 1st December – Thursday 24th December, from around dusk
Various streets in Hanover, Brighton BN2 

Photo credit: Robert Ashby