With Christmas just around the corner at HP our thoughts are turning festive. We want to help you make the most of your winter visit to Brighton so we’re sharing our guide to Christmas in Brighton with as much eating, drinking, shopping and entertainment as you can stomach at this indulgent time of the year…


One of the biggest draws to our fair town is the independent retailers. From the vast array of independent North Laine boutiques, to the regular art & craft trails there’s usually something creative to get your teeth into. This makes Brighton one of the best Christmas shopping destinations in the country when you’re looking for one-of-a-kind gifts for friends and family.

Of course there are simply tons to choose from but here’s a handful of our favourite shops and events:

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Specialises in beautiful handmade & vintage clothing, jewellery and homeware from a team of local labels. Guaranteed one-of-a-kind gifts and party wear for the festive season

46 Sydney Street, North Laine

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Shop-come-gallery exhibiting bold and colourful work from emerging artists and designers. Make sure you check out their gorgeous accessories too

10 Church Street, North Laine

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Recently relocated to Brighton Square this beautiful shop stocks designer homeware and stationery, and has recently expanded to include a cafe (The Plant Room) which is always handy…

17-19 Brighton Square, South Lanes

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Brighton Etsy ‘Made Local’ Christmas Market

An amazing annual market featuring the best of Brighton’s creative wares from over 50 makers including designers, illustrators and jewellers. This year’s event to be held at Brighton Dome on 3rd December 11am-5pm; free entry

Brighton Dome, Church Street, North Laine

food and drink

Already have a taste for Christmas? Wet your appetite with a trip to one of our recommended eateries:

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La Cave

Locals flock down to this cheese haven with queues going down the street on Christmas eve. Get in on the action early and book a cheese/charcuterie tasting for your visit to Brighton this winter

34-35 Western Road, Hove

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Ten Green Bottles

Nestled in the North Laine this shop-come-bar stocks an amazing array of wines from small producers. Buy a bottle to take home or book a tasting – or both!

9 Jubilee Street, North Laine

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Angel Food Kitchen

Fancy getting something a little sweeter? Book a Christmas cupcake-decorating class at Angel Food Bakery Kitchen and go to town with delicious frosting and sugar decorations

20 Meeting House Lane, South Lanes


Consuming is all well and good but that’s not all there is to Christmas. If you’re choosing your winter break dates why not see if you can catch one of these fun activities whilst you’re in town:

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Burning of the Clocks

A wonderful community event where locals make their own paper and willow lanterns, parading with them through the city, ending by passing them into a blazing bonfire on Brighton beach, as a token of the year’s end; 21st December

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A Warning to the Curious: Ghost stories at Christmas

A season of films screening at the iconic Duke of Yorks throughout December inspired by M R James and Charles Dickens.

Duke of Yorks Cinema, Preston Road

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Ice-skating at the Royal Pavilion

Strap on your skates and take to the ice on this great outdoor rink situated in the grounds of Brighton’s famous Royal Pavilion. Great fun for all the family. Top tip – go in the evening when the rink and the Pavilion itself are all lit up

Royal Pavilion, Old Steine

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Brighton Dome

Perfect way to get into the festive spirit with a celebration of the very best of Christmas music, including the chance to sing along to your favourite carols

Brighton Dome, Church Street, North Laine

Have a wonderful winter whatever you get up to – just make sure you stay cosy and warm in a room at the Peli!