Anyone who’s ever been to Brighton will tell you that it’s different than any other seaside resort in England. It’s quirky and artsy, Victorian and mod, all wrapped into one, and at Christmas time it comes alive with a colorful energy.
It’s a perfect day trip outside of London since the train only takes about 58 minutes from London Victoria. You can hop a bus direct from the Brighton Station and it will take you to the center of town. Go early and enjoy at least these Top 5 Things to do for Christmas in Brighton.
1. Skating at the Royal Pavilion – this is best done after dusk when the beauty of the Christmas lights is breathtaking on the ice. The Pavilion Rink & Restaurant remain open through January 19, 2014.
2. Artist Open Houses – some 100 local artists open their homes and studios and invite visitors to see them working their craft. It offers an inside look at the creative process and visitors can buy direct from the source.
3. Father Christmas – Children can visit with Santa in the special surroundings of the Royal Pavilion through December 23rd or at the Churchill Square Shopping Center. The mall is just a 10 minute walk from the train station and features 80 shops, including the High Street shops like H & M.
4. Burning the Clocks – a holiday tradition for the folks of Brighton and Hove is the Burning of the Clocks to end the year at the winter solstice. People gather on the beach and light paper lanterns to burn away their hopes and fears. This year it takes place on December 21st starting at 6:30p.
“Once we burn our hopes and fears the heat of the fire brings up the new sun, the pendulum starts, the clocks tick and all is saved. The silence is broken by the cheers and music of the new solar year.”
5. Christmas Shopping – Shop along the Lanes or North Lane. The Lanes offers a festive step back in time to the shops of yesteryear, through a narrow maze of alleys and backstreets. It’s a hodgepodge of antiques and arts and crafts. Holiday gifts are also easy to come by along the more bohemian boutiques of the North Laine area.