What's on in Sussex: This month

What's on this weekend? There are always good reasons to visit Sussex. Plan your December events and Christmas activities from this selection of things to do in Brighton, East and West Sussex.

Choristers at Chichester Cathedral December - Christmas Carol Services
Get into the festive spirit with a carol service, held throughout December in Chichester cathedral. From 19 Dec - 12 Jan 2017, children can come and see a large nativity scene and three kings as they make their long journey around the Cathedral.


Santa at Brighton Royal Pavilion Daily* until 04 Jan - Christmas at The Royal Pavilion
Lit fires, flickering candles and the Banqueting Room table laid for a Royal feast - The Royal Pavilion is transformed with Pavilion-inspired decorations. Drop-in activities and a themed trail for children.(*Closed 24/25 Dec). Christmas at the Royal Pavilion


Winter wonderland illuminations at DrusillasDaily until Mon 02 Jan - Winter Wonderland illuminations
See a host of magical creatures in the ice-capped kingdom, adding extra sparkle to the festive season, the Drusillas Winter Wonderland Illuminations switch on at 4:30pm daily, with a themed light show synchronised to music.


Ice-rink at Brighton Royal PavilionDaily until Sun 15 Jan - Royal Pavilion Ice Rink
Brighton's outdoor ice-rink returns to the Royal Pavilion’s Eastern Lawn allowing up to 250 skaters per session with penguin stabilisers and a learners area for the not-so-steady on their skates! Royal Pavilion Ice-Rink
 

Festival of Christmas Trees at Holy Cross Church, Uckfield02 - 04 Dec - Festival of Christmas Trees
Holy Cross Church in Uckfield hosts the ninth annual Festival of Christmas Trees, filling the church with over 80 imaginative and handmade creations; with carols, childrens' activities and seasonal music playing throughout the weekend.


Christmas Tree in Arundel Sat 03 Dec - Arundel by Candlelight
Mulled wine, hog roast and roasted chestnuts. A Christmas Tree in the town square, a Candlelight Parade and Santa visit while lights and candles decorate shops, restaurants and market stalls. Arundel by Candlelight


Santa and Elf at Drusillas park in SussexSat 03 - Sun 04 Dec - Santa's Christmas Cottage
Visit Santa and his elves hard at work. His cottage at Drusillas is crammed full of toys that the elves have built, and for a small additional charge children can meet Santa and receive an early Christmas gift. Santa's Christmas Cottage


Artist Open House logoSat 03 - Sun 04 Dec - Christmas Artists' Open Houses
Eplore work in artists’ houses across Brighton & Hove. Choose from limited edition works of art, craft and design or simply enjoy mulled wine and a mince pie. Artists' Open Houses



Christmas pudding at SEAS festive food fayreSat 03 - Sun 04 Dec - Winter Fair
Ardingly showground hosts 120 stall holders offering Christmas gifts. There's a Christmas choir and a magical Snow Queen on stilts accompanied by her Elf helper, local artisan food, reindeer and live music. Festive Winter Fair.


The Observatory Science CentreSun 04 Dec - Carols by Starlight
Join the St.Peter and St.Paul church choir from Hellingly for an evening of Christmas Carols, with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie and view the night sky through the historic telescopes (weather permitting) at the Observatory Science Centre.(Booking essential)


Meat stall t Horsham local produce marketSun 04 / 11 / 17 - 24 Dec - Horsham Christmas Market
Handmade Christmas Puddings, the freshest brussels, delicious locally-reared meats and Sussex cheeses to fill your stockings. Horsham's Medieval Town Centre hosts a Christmas Markets, plus mulled wine and mince pies.


CFT Christmas ConcertTues 06 - Sat 10 Dec - Christmas Concerts
Get into the festive spirit at Chichester Festival Theatre with a programme of Christmas classics, songs from stage and screen and sing-a-long carols, featuring The Chichester Cathedral Choir and The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines.


Christmas DecorationThur 08 and Sat 10 Dec - Christmas Wreath Workshop
A seasonal craft workshop at Arundel Wetland Centre - use willow and natural plants to make a beautiful and simple wreath for your door. All materials are provided and spaces are limited. Christmas Wreath workshop


SantaDash logoSat 10 Dec - Brighton Santa Dash
The annual charity Santa Dash along Brighton seafront between the Peace Statue and Hove Lagoon sees several hundred Santas don trainers for a 5K run along the chilly seafront, a wonderfully wintery sight. Santa Dash


Artist Open House logoSat 10 - Sun 11 Dec - Christmas Artists' Open Houses
Eplore work in artists’ houses across Brighton & Hove. Choose from limited edition works of art, craft and design or simply enjoy mulled wine and a mince pie. Artists' Open Houses



Christmas Plant PotsSat 10 - Sun 11 Dec - Meet Father Christmas
Children can enjoy the magic of telling Father Christmas their secret wishes in his grotto in the historic Apple Store at West Dean College alongside food, drink, entertainment and plenty of stalls. Meet Father Christmas


Fishers Farm Magic of ChristmasSat 10 Dec - Sat 24 Dec - The Magic Of Christmas
Join Father Christmas and his elves at Fishers Farm Park for visits in the Christmas Grotto. There's the Elves winter wonderland village and this year's traditional pantomime is Jack and the Beanstalk. The Magic of Christmas


Santa Cruise at Wey & Arun Canal TrustSun 11 Dec - Santa Cruises
Take a 40-minute trip aboard a festive canal boat on the Wey-Arun canal. Wiggonholt departs from behind the Onslow Arms on the B2133 at Loxwood. Tickets include a gift from Santa for children; mince pies and mulled wine for adults. Santa Cruises


Jump racing at Plumpton in SussexMon 12 Dec - Christmas Raceday at Plumpton
Enjoy national hunt jump racing in Sussex with 7 races on this Christmas fixture card. Plumpton is a small course with opportunities to see the horses close up in the parade before racing, or by standing close to a fence. Racing at Plumpton


Santa and elf at Drusillas Park SussexThur 15 - Fri 23 Dec - Santa's Christmas Cottage
Visit Santa and his elves hard at work making presents. His cosy cottage at Drusillas is crammed full of toys that the elves have built and for a small additional charge, children can meet Santa and receive an early Christmas gift. Santa's Christmas Cottage


Christmas Plant PotsSat 17 - Sun 18 Dec - Visit Father Christmas
Children can enjoy the magic of telling Father Christmas their secret wishes in his grotto in the historic Apple Store at West Dean College alongside food, drink, entertainment and plenty of stalls. Visit Father Christmas


Father Christmas at Preston Manor17 / 18 / 20 - 23 Dec - Father Christmas at Preston Manor
Lady Ellen’s Drawing Room welcomes Father Christmas and his elf, who has been busy decorating Preston Manor with Victorian and Edwardian cards, holly, ivy and garlands. Children can dress up, listen to stories or read a Christmas book.


Peter Pan posterSat 17 Dec - Sat 31 Dec - Peter Pan
Chichester Festival Youth Theatre recreate J.M. Barrie's tale of the boy who refuses to grow up and takes the Darling children off to Never Land - where they encounter the lost boys, a gang of swashbuckling pirates and villainous Captain Hook!


Santa Cruise at Wey & Arun Canal Trust Sun 18 Dec - Santa Cruises
Take a 40-minute trip aboard a festive canal boat on the Wey-Arun canal. Wiggonholt departs from behind the Onslow Arms on the B2133 at Loxwood. Tickets include a gift from Santa for children; mince pies and mulled wine for adults. Santa Cruises


Burning the Clocks winter solstice parade - BrightonWed 21 Dec - Burning the Clocks
The winter solstice parade see thousands of people gather to make paper and willow lanterns to carry through the city and burn on the beach as a token for the end of the year and to greet the lengthening days. Burning the Clocks


Santa Cruise on the Wey-Arun CanalWed 21 - Fri 23 Dec - Santa Cruises
Take a 40-minute trip aboard a festive canal boat on the Wey-Arun canal. Wiggonholt departs from behind the Onslow Arms on the B2133 at Loxwood. Tickets include a gift from Santa for children; mince pies and mulled wine for adults. Santa Cruises


Arundel Lido logoDates TBC - Festive Outdoor Swims
Fancy the idea of outdoor swimming but not not keen on the cold? Arundel Lido opens for Festive Swimming in the heated pool from 10am - 1pm each day so now there's no excuse not to take the plunge. Arundel Festive Swims


Wiggonholt boxing day cruise on the Wey and Arun CanalMon 26 Dec - Boxing Day Canal Cruises
Board electric canal boat Wiggonholt, travelling along a section of the Wey and Arun Canal and through a restored lock on a Boxing Day special trip. The boat departs from the wharf beside the canal centre in Loxwood at 11am, 12am, 2pm.


Arundel Lido logoSat 31 Dec - New Year Outdoor Swim
Fancy the idea of outdoor swimming but not not keen on the cold? Arundel Lido opens for Festive Swimming in the heated pool from 10am - 1pm each day so now there's no excuse not to take the plunge. Arundel Festive Swims


The Fat Controller and Thomas at Drusillas ParkSat 31 Dec - The Fat Controller
The Fat Controller will be causing a locomotion, when he alights at Drusillas Park to take control of the efficient running of the railway. Make tracks to Tidmouth Hault and enjoy photo opportunities with Sir Topham Hatt himself. The Fat Controller


on-going to 08 Jan 2017 - Fashion Cities Africa
This first major UK exhibition dedicated to contemporary African fashion explore fours cities at the compass points of the African continent: Casablanca, Lagos, Nairobi and Johannesburg. Brighton Museum and Art Gallery,


Pallant House Galleryon-going to 09 Feb - The Mythic Method: Classicism in British Art 1920-1950
Pallant House Gallery exhibition exploring how Modern British artists drew on classical myth and ideals in a ‘return to order’ following the First World War, with new insight into how modern art met with tradition in an era of social and political change in the early 20th century.


Image from Photo-Punkexhibition at Brighton Museum on-going to 05 Mar - Photo-Punk: 40 images from the birth of punk
As the music, fashion and cultural movement celebrates its 40th anniversary, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery exhibition explores the birth of UK punk - particularly the early years of 1976-79 - through photographs by Kevin Cummins and Ian Dickson.


8mm Zoom Reflex cine camera by Bolex Paillard, 1963on-going to 04 June - Experimental Motion: the art of film innovation
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery display tells the story of experimental film-making in Brighton & Hove, from 1896 to the present day and explores it's success and significance nationally and internationally.

 

 

 

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