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What You Should Do In Sussex This Christmas

The festive season and some well-deserved rest is just around the corner! But before you move back home to spend time with family, go on dog walks, and wrap up in front of the fire, have a read through what you can do in Brighton before term ends… 

1) Get yourself down to the picture-perfect ice-skating event at Brighton Pavilion! Tickets are subsidised by the university which is even better. They’re £5 early bird, followed by £6 standard, and £7 final release. This event is also open to Eastbourne and Hastings students. Get your tickets here.

2) Burning the Clocks is a unique Brighton event which marks Winter Solstice on the shortest day of the year, Wednesday 21st December. Locals make their own luminous lanterns, parade through the streets and then pass them onto a blazing bonfire on the beach to mark years end. Remember to wrap up warm! 

3) One of the staples of university life is having a Christmas meal with your housemates or fellow society members! You can visit one of our SU cafes-bars to celebrate together. 

4) A home-cooked Christmas Roast is also a must! Do a group food shop, divide the responsibilities and have fun! Don’t forget your Christmas crackers so you get the perfect party hat photo opportunity.

5) Brighton’s Christmas Lights switch on is announced for Thursday 15th November 4:30pm to 6:30pm, on East Street. There will be a festive party and performers before the switch-on so make sure you’re on time as it’s always popular! 

6) On the 16th November, head to the Hastings Christmas Spectacular for the Hastings lights switch on with a unique twist and a phenomenal firework finale! 

7) From the 9th November THORS Tipi pop-up bar will take up Jubilee Square for a festive log fire experience accompanied by mulled wine and speciality shots. And it’s FREE, even better! See more here

8) Support local independent artisans when you do your Christmas shopping this year! 

The Fairy Tale Fair @ The Open Market, Brighton (10th & 11th November)

Etsy Christmas Market @ Brighton Dome (1st December)

Eastbourne Christmas Market @ Terminus Road, Eastbourne (30th November – 23rd December) 

9) What’s more festive than The Nutcracker? This beautiful theatre production is on at the White Rock Theatre in Hastings on the 14thNovember. See more here

10) It may be a 45-minute drive away but the lovely Glow Wild Lantern Trail is worth the trip. Walk through Wakehurst's beautiful botanic gardens and winter woodlands - brought to life with glowing, handcrafted lanterns. Also toast some marshmallows on their giant fire pits! Find out more here

11) Got a sweet tooth? Try something a bit different with the The Chocolate Cocktail Club pop up at The Vine Club. Tickets are £10 and you get a Chocolate Martini included. Yum! See more here


12) Use your spare time before travelling home for Christmas to visit our heritage site the Battle Abbey. Explore the Abbey ruins and sculpture trail for some history on 1066! 

We hope you’re looking forward to Christmas as much as us (or if you don’t celebrate, a lovely winter break). Remember to take some time out of the library to enjoy the city or town you live in before going home at the end of term! 


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