As the nights are starting to draw in, we are looking forward to those crisp winter days and getting snuggled up in front of the fire. Brighton may be considered as a summer destination due to its seafront location, but there’s so much going on year round and we love Brighton in the winter. So why not head down for a weekend and bring your friends or family? Our house sleeps up to 33 and is nice and central for any activities you might want to do, or you can just relax in the house and enjoy the hot tub.
Here are a few activities to whet your appetite…
Late Night Shopping
Not any old shopping, this is Brighton shopping, the numerous independent shops in The Laines are full of charm and unique gifts and clothes – an ideal place to start your Christmas shopping, you’re bound to find something for everyone, even the most awkward to buy for! In our house the rule is one present, one drink. It makes for a great evening of shopping! Look out for the late night shopping events in December when the independent shops stay open late.
Built in 1823 for King George IV as a seaside palace, the Royal Pavilion is as spectacular on the inside as it is on the outside and a great place to lose yourself on a miserable day. An eclectic mix of French, English and Chinese furniture and decoration, to wander around and see how the other half lived back in the day. At Christmas it is decorated in true festive style and you can even try out Queen Victoria’s Sleigh – that’s the family Christmas card sorted.
Cosy up in the pub
There are a number of amazing pubs in Brighton and some really do come into their own in the winter, with open log fires, hearty food and winter tipples from the classic mulled wines to mulled ciders and a selection of wintery cocktails.
We love the Lion and Lobster, one of Brighton’s oldest pubs and hidden away from the main streets. It’s a huge independent and extremely popular pub with little nooks to hideaway in and multiple bars spread over its three floors, find a spot in front of the fire and tuck in to the tasty menu.
An annual Brighton event, which started in 1993 to show an alternative to the excesses of the commercial Christmas. It’s organised by a local art not for profit organisation to mark the shortest day of the year. A carnival style procession makes its way through Brighton city centre to the seafront where there’s a bonfire and fireworks. Brightonians make their own paper or willow lanterns to take part in the parade and then throw them onto the bonfire to symbolise the end of the year.
See a Show
There are a couple of theatres in Brighton plus a number of venues that put on shows. The annual panto is put on at The Hilton each year. If you fancy something a bit different you could see what else is on in the city. Try the Komedia for some stand up comedy or perhaps The Brighton Centre for gigs. We know they’ll be something for everyone!
Staying in is the new going out
Mulled wine, dip in the hot tub, call in the beauty experts and relax away from the hustle and bustle of Christmas chaos, we can get it all organised for you at our beautiful seafront house available to rent for your Christmas getaway – don’t miss out, book today