5 reasons to visit Brighton this Christmas

Everyone loves exploring the seaside in the sun, but have you ever thought about visiting Brighton beyond the summer season? With plenty of twinkling lights to admire and Christmas markets galore, this coastal resort is a must-see throughout the festive season.

Keep reading to discover five reasons to visit Brighton this Christmas.

1. Christmas Shopping at the Lanes

The Lanes Brighton at ChristmasThe Lanes are one of Brighton’s most visited locations, offering a shopping experience unlike any other. As the name suggests, this hotspot consists of a collection of narrow streets and alleyways in the heart of the city. Each lane is brimming with independent shops, perfect for Christmas shopping, as well as a host of restaurants and cafés for those well-deserved, cosy refreshments.

During your visit, you’ll have the chance to discover the vibrant and cultural delights of Hanningtons, plus the bohemian flare of North Laine where you’ll find one-of-a-kind antiques, outdoor eateries and so much more. And don’t forget to look up while exploring – the dazzling Christmas lights are not to be missed!

2. Churchill Square & Brighton Marina

Brighton shoppingAt the eastern end of Western Road, situated near the Clock Tower, visitors can discover more shopping delights inside Churchill Square Shopping Centre. Packed with all of your shopping favourites, including Apple, Zara, Pandora and Foot Locker, you’re bound to get some of those Christmas list requests ticked off.

On the other side of town, Brighton Marina offers plenty more shopping spots, including an array of boutiques and specialist stores suited to every taste. Once you’re all shopped out, why not explore some of the Marina’s family-friendly attractions? With an 8-screen cinema, 26-lane bowling alley, glow-in-the-dark golf and a casino,  there’ll never be a dull moment on this festive trip.

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3. Brighton Christmas Market

Christmas food market in LondonWhen it comes to eclectic markets, Brighton really knows their stuff – especially when it comes to yuletide celebrations. The Brighton Christmas Market is an expansive affair, ideal for a visit with the whole family. It’s free to get into the main run of stalls, shops and attractions, situated between St. Peter’s Church Plaza and Valley Gardens, but there’s plenty to spend your cash on.

Amidst a spell of festive lights and colourful decorations, you’ll get to experience the community feel of Brighton first-hand. Indulge in a steaming hot chocolate, fill up on tantalising Bratwurst, and purchase presents you won’t find anywhere else.

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4. Royal Pavilion Ice Rink

Royal Pavilion Ice Rink BrightonOnce you’ve explored all of the sights of Brighton’s Christmas Market, it would be rude not to take a spin on Brighton’s famous festive ice rink. Situated in the glamorous gardens of the Royal Pavilion, you’ll have the chance to experience Brighton like you’ve never seen it before.

The Pavilion was built as an elegant seaside resort for George IV during his princehood featuring an array of stunning 18th-century architecture. Centre stage is the ice rink, brightly lit and ideal for limitless skating and sliding throughout the festive season. Book tickets ahead of time to secure your spot this Christmas.

5. Burning the Clocks

21st December

Burning the Clocks festival in BrightonIf you’re looking for a unique celebration this Christmas, you’ll find it at Brighton’s famous Burning the Clocks. Held on the 21st December, Burning the Clocks is organised by Same Sky and funded by Arts Council England and the Chalk Cliffs Trust. This community event brings the whole city together to mark the shortest day of the year. Locals gather, paper and willow lanterns in tow, to parade the city streets.

They then pass their tokens into a blazing bonfire on Brighton’s beach to say farewell to another year. If you’re in Brighton in the run-up to Christmas, why not join the festivities and take a moment for reflection? It’s guaranteed to be a memorable event for the whole family.