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.
until Wed 24 Dec - German Market
The German Market returns to Brighton's Churchill Square. Every day until Christmas Eve, browse 14 wooden stalls filled with festive ambience, Christmas gifts from European and local producers, and enjoy a mulled wine and delicious Bratwurst as you shop.
until Sun 04 Jan - Winter Wonderland illuminations
Designed by Channel 4’s ‘King of Christmas Lights’, Paul Toole, the dazzling Drusillas Winter Wonderland Illuminations start at 4:30pm daily, incorporating an animal themed light show synchronised to music.
Sat 06 Dec - Wed 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 'the elves toy factory' to choose a present before it's wrapped. Magic of Christmas
Sat 13 - Tue 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
Thur 18 - Wed 24 Dec - Best of British 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 Best of British Market, plus mulled wine and mince pies.
Tue 16 - Sun 28 Dec - One Man Two Guvnors
The National Theatre’s award-winning comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, is a glorious celebration of British comedy - a unique, laugh-out-loud mix of satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners. Theatre Royal Brighton.
Thur 18 - Sun 21 Dec - Santa at The Royal Pavilion
Visit Santa's grotto in the beautiful Red Drawing Room and meet his helpful elf. Be taken on a very special Dickensian themed-tour of George IV’s opulent palace, meeting characters from Christmas past. Booking required. Santa at the Royal Pavilion
Fri 19 - Wed 24 Dec - Christmas Pantomime
Fishers Farm Park annual Pantomime is always a much loved family classic. Oh yes it it! This year it's Dick Whittington and packed with songs, slapstick, silliness and fairytale magic. Also take part in a real donkey nativity. Bookings essential. Festive Pantomime
Sat 20 - Tue 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
Sun 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
Wed 24 - Thur 01 Jan - 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 - 2pm each day so now there's no excuse not to take the plunge. Arundel Festive Swims
Fri 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 behind the Onslow Arms on the B2133 in Loxwood and depart at 11am, 12am, 2pm.
Sat 27 Dec - Royal Pavilion and WW1
From 1914 to 1919 the Royal Pavilion, Dome and Corn Exchange were used by the military as hospitals. This tour explores the spaces transformed for medical use and includes exclusive backstage access to the Dome and a glimpse of the famous secret tunnel.
on-going until Sun 18 Jan - Royal Pavilion Ice Rink
A welcome return of Brighton's outdoor ice-rink 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. Royal Pavilion Ice-Rink
until Mon 02 Feb - Conscience and Conflict
On the 75th anniversary of the end of the conflict, Pallant House Gallery presents the first major exhibition to examine the response of British visual artists to the Spanish Civil War and how they were drawn to engage with it.
until - Sun 01 Mar - Peepers
Pavilion Contemporary returns to the Royal Pavilion a new installation by artist Maisie Broadhead. Experience the Music Room as a decadent doll’s house, dwarfed by giant figures peering curiously in through the windows. Peepers
until Sun 01 Mar - Voices from the First World War
This Brighton Museum and Art Gallery exhibition War Stories: Voices from the First World War brings to life the wartime experiences of 13 individuals whose intensely personal memories and extraordinary stories reveal the impact of war.
Until Sun 31 May - British Self Portraits
Writer Ruth Borchard (1910 - 2000) amassed one of the most significant collections of self-portraits by British artists. She acquired 100 pictures which provide a fascinating overview of British art during the twentieth century. Pallant House Gallery
until Sun 07 Jun - War Posters
A display of original First World War posters from Brighton museum and art gallery's own collections tells the stories of the push for enlistment, women workers, rationing and government requests for financial help as the cost of the war starts to hit hard.