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Your guide to Christmas in Sussex

By This is Sussex  |  Posted: November 12, 2012


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Temperatures are dropping, the woolly scarves are coming out and mince pies are lining supermarket shelves: Christmas is just around the corner.

In the coming weeks Sussex will get well and truly into the festive spirit, with a calendar jam-packed with events – from Tudor Christmas celebrations to festive fairs.

So whether you’re looking for family fun, ways to celebrate the Christmas countdown with friends or just somewhere to do your shopping in style, Sussex has it covered.

Royal Pavilion Ice Rink

Ice skating is an absolute must at this time of year, and where better to don your skates than the Royal Pavilion rink?

Set amid twinkling lights and catered by Jamie Oliver, this is an ice rink like no other.

Boasting 800 square metres of ice, with space for 250 skaters per session, this is the perfect place to usher in the festive season with friends, family or your other half.

After your icy glide (or Bambi-like fall!), warm up with a tasty bite from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver at his pop-up rink side restaurant and bar.

Open from November 10 to January 20, 2013, there’s plenty of time to take to the ice.

To find out more, click here

Christmas fairs

Christmas is the perfect time to show your loved ones you care, and what better way than with a unique gift they can treasure?

At the Christmas Craft and Gift Fair at Michelham Priory, there’ll be no shortage of inspiration. Browse a wide range of stalls brimming with gifts for all ages, before meeting the ultimate gift-giver, Father Christmas himself.

There’ll be a number of children’s’ activities, while mum and dad can marvel at the beautifully decorated house.

To find out more about the fair, which runs on November 10 and 11, click here

Meanwhile on November 17 and 18 a traditional Christmas market boasting more than 100 stalls will be held at Weald and Downland Museum.

With arts, crafts and food on offer, you’re sure to find the perfect present.

There will also be hot chestnuts and other seasonal treats availaible. More information here

Santa Run

‘Tis the season of goodwill, so why not raise money for charity this Christmas?

On November 17 and 18, don your running shoes and take part in a 3K fun run to raise much-needed funds for St Catherine’s Hospice.

Everyone who takes part gets their very own Santa outfit (children under the age of six will receive a Santa hat), and you’ll receive a medal and refreshments when you cross the finish line.

To find out more, click here

Holiday on Ice - Speed

For edge-of-your-seat entertainment, snap up tickets to see Speed.

Combining death-defying stunts, burlesque performance, skating, dance and electro circus, this promises to be festive evening out like no other.

Brought to you by Holiday on Ice, this in an explosive show starring performers from all over the world.

Find out more about the show, taking place at The Brighton Centre from November 22 to 25, here

A Tudor Christmas

Learn how the Tudors celebrated Christmas at Michelham Priory this winter.

In an event set to delight both old and young, here you’ll enjoy Tudor Christmas food demonstrations – complete with tasters - and traditional Tudor entertainment, as well as a range of children’s activities.

The house will be dressed in Tudor decorations, and there’ll be Mummers performing songs and plays in the barn.

A Tudor Christmas takes place on November 24 and 25.

Visit sussexpast.co.uk/events/a-tudor-christmas

Fair Trade & Ethical Christmas Fair

Buying Christmas gifts doesn’t have to mean compromising your ethical beliefs – at this Christmas fair held at Arundel Castle, there are more than 50 stalls brimming with organic, recycled and fair trade goods.

From fair trade clothes made by women in Nepal to organic soaps and bird houses made locally from recycled wood, there’s no shortage of inspiration.

To find out more about this fair, held on November 25, click here

Balthazar’s Palace at Petworth House

For a festive day out with a twist this winter, head to Petworth House.

There you’ll step into the imagined palace of the Arabian King, Balthazar, and marvel at the wealth of Middle Eastern wonders on display.

The house, transformed with rich red and gold hangings, will be brimming with fruit and exotic foliage, and filled with the sounds and smells of the Middle East.

Tickets for the Palace, which opens from December 1 to 23, range from £4 to £8. Prior booking is essential.

To find out more, click here

Christmas pantomimes

From Beauty and the Beast to Peter Pan, from Aladdin to Cinderella, there’s no shortage of festive family pantos taking place across Sussex this winter.

The perfect way to spend a weekend, jazz up Boxing Day or get in the festive spirit on Christmas Eve, pantomimes delight both old and young.

For West Sussex pantomimes, click here

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