Take a break away from the usual scene this Christmas and see the sights of Brighton. One of Britain’s most-loved staycation destinations, whether you’re looking for a hardcore shopping stint down south, or simply an easy-going retail escape from the hustle and bustle of December sprees, Brighton has events, markets, and stores to fill the weekend itinerary of anyone and everyone.
Picking up your bits and pieces in time to pack them onto Santa’s sleigh is an essential. As well as the array of standard shopping centres in Brighton, including Churchill Square, there are a number of special shopping events that are well worthy of a visit.
Churchill Square isn’t just about the high street stores this Christmas, as it plays host to the fantastic German Style markets from 3 November until 29 December. Whatever type of Christmas or New Year gift you are looking for, the seasonal shopping event has it all, from festive fares, textiles, accessories, flowers, Christmas cards and more. Those who have visited the markets in previous years, and are returning fans, will be impressed by the number of ‘fresh new units’ that are set to make their first appearance for the 2012 season.
Running through from Friday 23 November to Sunday 25 November 2012, the MADE 2012 Christmas fair is a fantastic event for lovers of all things handicrafts and homemade. Held at one of Brighton’s famous landmarks, Brighton Dome, admission is priced at just £6 per ticket. Expect to find ‘high quality and contemporary’ items at Brighton’s Design and Craft Fair.
Do you have friends and family who are a little on the alternative side? Or perhaps you like to give original and imaginative gifts to your nearest and dearest? Rocking Goodwood Racecourse on 7 and 8 December 2012, The Rare Brand Christmas Market has over 100 rare vendors selling unique and nifty bits that you just can’t find anywhere on the high street.
In addition to the unusual finds of The Rare Brand Christmas Market, on 15 December 2012, the Brighton Centre Christmas Boutique Market will throw out all the stops to create one of the best vintage festive markets around. Over 40 traders will come together in the centre, selling everything from Christmas wrap to wonderfully whimsical homewares.
Those who appreciate art will no doubt enjoy a weekend exploring Brighton’s Artists Open Houses at Christmas. Running on 1 and 2 December, 8 and 9 December, and 15 and 16 December 2012, at various locations around Brighton, this is your top opportunity to pick up some breath-taking pieces of contemporary and classical art.
While you view pieces – including pottery, paintings and textiles – make the most of the mulled wine, mince pies and the Victorian Christmas grotto. With exhibitions and stalls from artists local to the area, and from other areas nationally, if you are a fan of anything creative, the Artists Open Houses are definitely unmissable.
See the sights of Brighton this winter, and book a budget break at the best seaside resort in the south. Add a little quirkyness to your pre-crimbo agenda.