Words by Aishwarya Johnson Jogul
With the drop in temperature and rise in the holiday spirit, several Christmas shops have cropped up over Brighton in the past week. The Christmas markets are a blend of Christmas delicacies and festive shenanigans which not only offer a delightful way to close the passing year but also to usher into the new year! Follow the scent of hot Christmas food and your favourite cocktail, and do your Christmas shopping at these artisan markets. The charming Christmas Market tents strung with fairy lights and the merry music and a cocktail can put anyone in a festive mood.
The city is decking up for a 5-week Christmas festivity from the 26th of November to 31st December. The Old Stein Garden (the Valley Gardens) area will be a festive harbour with thrift shops, art & culture, fairy lite décor, pop-up shops and festive music. The Christmas Market stretches all the way from Old Stein to St. Peter’s Church. The market will even have an entertainment section with lots of live performances and activities. London eye like Ferris wheel is back in town to aggregate the Christmas vibe and several fairground rides will also be making their way to Brighton as part of the festivities.
This year the Brighton Christmas Festival will also have a community celebration square decked up with legit Christmas décor which will be a host to numerous Christmas Event. The Local schools, community groups, artists, and some of the city’s famous buskers will be performing on the community stage as part of the celebrations. St Peter’s Square will have a large stage to host evenings of comedy and dancing.
Santa’s Grotto is the main attraction for kids starting from 20th November at the Valley Garden, Brighton. Children can meet Santa and his elves Joy, Bramble, Holly, Cracker, Gimble and Ivy and spend time with them at Santa’s house and receive special gifts.
Wade off your home sickness by enjoying your Christmas at the Beautiful Brighton with your friends as the city has so much to offer to its International Students.