Winter wonders: 6 events to enjoy in Brighton this year

As those seafront walks get a little crisper and the cosy clothes come out of the closet, we're starting to think about those dreamy winter moments and all the fabulous ways to celebrate the season in this wonderful city of ours. Here's 6 of our top recommendations for events and experiences to enjoy this autumn and winter in and around beautiful Brighton...


Autumn Lights Festival

Location: South of England Showground | Distance from hotel: 45 minutes by car

Dates/Times: 13th Nov 21 | 2:00pm - 9:00pm

A spectacular evening of fireworks, glowing entertainment and an array of street food stalls will have you wrapping up warm with all the family, for an evening of autumnal fun. With entertainers roaming throughout the grounds and a promised firework extravaganza it will surely be the perfect wintery night out, and fun for the little ones too. 


GLOW Wild 

Location: Wakehurst | Distance from hotel: 50 minutes by car

Selected evenings between 25th Nov 21 - 2nd Jan 22 | 4:30pm - 8:10pm last entry

A must-see spectacle of lights at beautiful Wakehurst, perfect for an evening out with friends and or family activity. The spellbinding winter lantern trail will have you wandering through Wakehurst being spoiled by immersive soundscapes and mesmerising projections from talented artists. To top it all off make sure you don’t miss the magnificent willow tree sculpture depicting all of our seasons!

Winter Igloos at Shelter Hall 

Location: Shelter Hall | Distance from hotel: 2 minute walk

Dates/Times: 18th Nov 21 - 31st Dec 21

This winter the fantastic Shelter Hall will be transforming their seafront terrace into spectacular winter igloos for private dining. With seafront views, cosy interiors, an array of Brighton's restaurants on hand to deliver delicious dishes, it's set to be an incredible winter dining experience. Be sure to book in advance - reservations are likely to get snapped up!


Pavilion Ice Rink 

Location: The Royal Pavilion | Distance from hotel: 12 minute walk

Dates/Times: 30th Oct 21 - 9th Jan 22

With it's stunning historical backdrop, The Royal Pavilion ice rink looks enchanting lit up in its winter glow. Grab your gloves and put your skates on - winter is here! To top it all off, grab a mulled wine and sink into the knowledge that this year the rink is powered entirely by green energy. We like the sound of that!


The Brighton Christmas Festival 

Location: The Valley Gardens | Distance from hotel: 20 minute walk

Dates/Times: 26th Nov 21 - 31st Dec 21

Well we couldn’t talk about Brighton in the winter without at least getting a Christmas market in there! With so many markets in and around Sussex, you’re most definitely spoilt for choice, but with a range of festive events and a new market in central Brighton with over 150 stalls, the Brighton Christmas Festival isn’t one to be missed! With live shows, and apparently the best mulled wine in Brighton, we’re getting in the spirits already. 


An Evening at the Theatre

Location: The Theatre Royal | Distance from hotel: 15 minute walk

Dates/Times: Varying

Enjoy a range of award-winning productions at Brighton's beautiful Theatre Royal, one of the oldest theatre's in the country, having welcomed guest for 214 years! This season you'll find The Rocky Horror Show, Everybody's Taking About Jamie, The Play That Goes Wrong and many other fantastic productions on the Theatre Royal stage.


If you're dreaming of your perfect winter staycation in beautiful Brighton, discover our latest offers on Grand stays and exclusive direct booking perks here, or check out more of our favourite local spots and activities on our destination guide here.