University and community-based events for the Christmas holiday
Christmas is a time for coming together with your community. Some of you will not have the chance to spend Christmas with your family or friends so we want to let you know about some activities taking place around Brighton during this time. Please check the event’s own website closer to the time for up to date information.
University and virtual events
The University of Brighton and Sussex Christmas Carol Service (virtual) – 9 December
Seasonal readings and performances by the combined university choirs. Christmas Hope: Carols and Readings for a Very Different Christmas at Online event tickets from TicketSource
Christmas Mingle (virtual) – 16 December
Hosted by the University of Brighton International Student Support team. An evening of events to break the ice and help you meet other students. Open to all UoB students (20+) Christmas Ice-Breaker | Facebook
Mature Student Society Christmas Party Extravaganza – 17 December
Activities, Competitions, Prizes and lots of Fun with a Christmassy Theme – Christmas Party Extravaganza (brightonsu.com)
Christmas Quiz (virtual) – 18 December
Hosted by the University of Brighton International Student Support team. We will be testing your knowledge of all things festive. We have Amazon vouchers for the lucky winners. We strongly encourage you to wear a Christmas jumper, Santa hat or other Christmas costume and there are prizes for the best ones! Open to all UoB students. Christmas Quiz! | Facebook
Home Alone – Virtual Film Night 19 December
Hosted by the University of Brighton International Student Support team. Join us for our Christmas virtual cinema night. We will be watching Christmas classic Home Alone and chatting about it live in MS Teams. Open to all UoB students. (20+) Home Alone! Virtual Cinema Night | Facebook.
Gingerbread Bake Along – 21 December
Hosted by the University of Brighton International Student Support team. We will be making gingerbread together based in this short and simple tutorial. Open to all UoB students. Please see the Facebook event for information on what ingredients and equipment you need to take part. (20+) Gingerbread Bake Along! | Facebook event
Volunteer to plant some trees (Eastbourne but transport provided) – 22 December
Be part of creating positive change and come and help with planting trees. Working with a local environmental group to plant trees at Sevenoaks Rec in Eastbourne, this Covid-safe and fun event will allow you to connect with other students before Christmas and support a community initiative to reduce Co2. There’s no experience necessary, transport and lunch will be provided, hot drinks on site and all equipment will be provided.
Pick up points are from Manor House on Lewes Road in Brighton (at 10:15am), Hillbrow on Gaudick Road in Eastbourne (11.15am) and Eastbourne Pier (at 11.45am). The activity will end at 3pm with the Brighton drop-off at 4.50pm.
Free Christmas Meal for University of Brighton students – 23 and 24 December
We are providing every student that remains in Brighton and Eastbourne with a free Christmas meal kit. This includes ingredients and a recipe card to make a Christmas meal, plus a sweet treat.
Choose from a vegan wellington or a turkey escalope that is stuffed with cranberry and apricot and wrapped in bacon. These are accompanied with a selection of vegetables along with cranberry sauce and gravy and not forgetting a slice of Chocolate Log Cake and Mince Pie.
You must book your meal kit before 5pm on Friday 11 December. We will deliver the meals on the 23 and 24 December.
Sussex Sings Christmas (virtual) – 23 December
The ever-popular Brighton Festival Chorus Christmas Concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Sussex Sings Christmas – Visit Brighton
Events in Brighton
St Mary Magdalene’s Advent Breakfast (opposite Varley Park in Coldean) – 12 December
Email Rev Betsy for details and how to book: firstname.lastname@example.org
St Andrews, Moulsecoomb Advent Breakfast – 19 December
Email Rev Betsy for details and to book: email@example.com
Burning the Clocks Lantern Trail (Brighton) – 2 – 21 December
Usually an annual event in Brighton, this lantern parade and fire show will instead be displayed in local shop windows this year. Same Sky Lantern Trail
Artists Open Houses (Brighton and Hove) – now until 31 December
Either visit in person (5 – 13 December) or via a virtual tour of local artists’ homes. Online Open Houses will include video tours round artists’ homes, as well individual online galleries. Artists Open Houses (aoh.org.uk)
Events further afield
Wiston Estate Christmas Trail – 8 December – 3 January
Christmas light trail after dark in the grounds of this historic country estate in the heart of the South Downs National Park Light Up Trails | Light Trail Spectacular | Sussex
Glow Wild in Wakehurst – until 3 January 2021
See the UK’s tallest living Christmas tree, glowing lanterns, mesmerising projections, immersive soundscapes, and glistening torches of fire. Glow Wild 2020 | Kew
Traditional Boxing Day walk – 26 December
If you want to explore the beautiful South Downs, the National Trust have some great free downloadable walks around Sussex. Live near our Falmer site? Why not try this beautiful walk around Stanmer and Ditchling Beacon. If you would like to find out more about Brighton and Hove whilst you are walking, then why not take a look at these fantastic walks put together by Discover Brighton.