Your first Christmas in the UK

If this will be your first Christmas in the UK you’ll find useful information about what to expect on this page. You may have already noticed festive decorations and lights in the main shopping areas, as well as Christmas menus in local cafés and restaurants. It’s generally a time of year where everyone gets into the spirit of Christmas.

The origins of Christmas lie in the Christian faith. However, today it is widely regarded as a secular festival. Typically, British people will spend time with family and friends, give and receive cards and presents, as well as eating lots of traditional Christmas food.


For some people it can be a lonely time of year as they are unable to spend this time with family and friends. If you are not planning to return home for the holidays please take a look at our Festive Guide. We have lots of ideas on how you can try to enjoy the holidays with other international students and by taking part in community events. Please note, for any personal welfare and support issues here is a list of useful numbers for local and national organisations.

You can also join our Facebook Group to find out what’s going on during the festive period. (You’ll need to request to join this group first if you aren’t already a member.) Don’t forget, you can use the hashtag #herefortheholidays for more University of Brighton international student festive information.

Find out more about Christmas here:

What is Christmas all about?

Christmas on campus

Surviving Christmas as an international student

Christmas in the UK

Travelling for Christmas? Read some useful advice about keeping your belongings and yourself safe written by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)

Sarah Digon • December 5, 2016

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