What’s on in Brighton: 21st-23rd December

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Brighton and Hove still has lots of activities to offer this weekend in the lead up to Christmas. In between your last minute gift and food shopping, why not try one of the festive workshops, a final visit to Santa, or Brighton’s traditional winter solstice festival this weekend.


Burning the Clocks © Alexa Clarke-Kent

Friday 21st December – Burning the Clocks

Burning the Clocks is Brighton’s tradition spanning over 20 years, where thousands of residents take to the streets to parade paper lanterns before passing them into a bonfire on the beach. The winter solstice event seeks to counter the excessive commerciality of Christmas and involve in all festive celebrations. The parade begins on New Road leading down to Maderia Drive.

Starting at New Road, 6.30pm-8pm. Free. Suitable for all ages. Brighton BN1 1SD


Friday 21st December – Children’s Christmas Baking Workshop

Keep your children busy over the festive period with a biscuit and cinnamon bun baking class. This Christmas inspired workshop is hosted by Smart Cookies Cookery School, offering a two and a half hour session for budding young bakers. They cater for allergies and intolerances, package the children’s creations in a gift box and siblings will receive a discount!

The Community Kitchen, 9am-11.30am. £20 per child, tickets available here. Suitable for 6-14 year-olds. 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG


© Bazaar Brighton

Saturday 22nd December – Bazaar Brighton

The Brighton Unitarian Church is hosting a bazaar of over 35 independent designers, artists, makers and collectors offering one-of-a-kind arts of craft. Various food stalls will be selling a range of organic, local, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free snacks. This is a perfect opportunity to buy some unique last minute gifts and relax away from the hectic high street.  

Brighton Unitarian Church, 11am-5pm. Free. Suitable for all ages. New Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1UF

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Saturday 22nd December – Santa’s last visit at Brighton’s Toy and Model Museum

Father Christmas has added an extra visit to the Brighton Toy and Model Museum this Saturday after popular demand! There will be special Santa trail around the museum, festive music, ending the afternoon with Father Christmas sharing his favourite story. People desperate to see Santa are advised to book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. 

Brighton Toy and Model Museum, 2pm-4pm. Tickets are from £7.52, available here. Suitable for all ages. 52 – 55 Trafalgar Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 4EB


Learn how to make edible treats for Christmas Day! 

Sunday 23rd December – Make Your Own Christmas Presents and Treats

Fancy learning how to make edible gifts and treats this Christmas? The Healthy Body Happy Mind Project invite you to learn how to make over 20 different recipes from a qualified chef, including items like chocolate liqueur, cranberry sauce, chestnut stuffing, and gingerbread cookies. You will have the opportunity to make some of the gifts and treats during the workshop. 

The Healthy Body Happy Mind Project, 2.30pm-5.30pm. Tickets are £36, available here. 48 Dale View, BN3 8LB Hove


© Miss Hope, Komedia

Sunday 23rd December – Miss Hope Springs Christmas Agogo!

Revisiting her un-aired 1972 Granada TV special Christmas Agogo! comedy-cabaret performer, Miss Hope Springs, will be exhibiting her Christmas catalogue of songs. Expect these festive numbers accompanied by the piano to spice up your Christmas weekend. Seating is unreserved for this event, but tickets must be purchased in advance. 

Komedia, 8pm. Tickets are £15, available here. Suitable for 16+. 44-47 Gardner Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1UN

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