Brighton: The Best Festivities this Christmas Season

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Christmas is a time for family, food and festivities – and the best can often be found right on your doorstep. If you’re a fan of art, culture, antiques or exhibitions and want to add a festive flair to it, we’ve collated together a list of some of the best festive events happening in and around Brighton this Christmas.

A Christmas Carol Immersive Dinner

It’s a tale that synonymous with the season: the stingy Mr Scrooge learns of the power of Christmas and faith after being visited by three ghosts during the night before Christmas. Now, the show is brought to a whole new dimension as its classic story is weaved into dinner created by Masterchef winner Natalie Coleman to create an immersive dining experience unlike any other. Located at The Windmill Theatre, you can experience the magic of Scrooge and Dickens’ immortal tale until December 29th.

Royal Collection Exhibition

Held at the iconic Royal Pavilion, this exhibition will feature over 120 pieces of artwork commissioned by the Prince Regent, currently on loan from the Royal Collection in a joint two-year collaboration between the organization and the city. Many of the works have not been put on display for the general public for almost two hundred years and these rare pieces have been a popular staple of their current home in Buckingham Palace. Learn of the Prince Regents love for Brighton and the Pavilion itself through this gorgeous collection of art and antiques.

Burning The Clocks

In a tradition unique to Brighton & Hove, the community is welcomed together to make paper lanterns to carry through the city and burn on the beach as a symbol of the new year. Run by the Brighton based art charity Same Sky, the parade takes place on December 21st- the shortest day of the year- they invite people of all faiths and creeds to build lanterns out of paper and willow and then bring it to the beach in celebration of the festive season.

Christmas Market

Whether you want to get in some last-minute Christmas shopping or want to explore the very best of what Brighton’s local food vendors, craftspeople and artists have to offer, the Paper Daisy Christmas Market, held at the Brighthelm Centre and Gardens is the place for you! With stalls manned by over forty local businesses, you can purchase pieces from local artists or find something to add to your Christmas décor. For those looking to try something new, the Street Food Fair has a variety of cuisines and snacks available for you. It’s the perfect way to support Brighton businesses without breaking the bank.

Peter Pan – The Pantomime

You don’t have to be a theatre connoisseur to enjoy a good pantomime! Peter Pan is flying into the Hilton Brighton Metropole throughout December. One of the biggest pantomimes to hit the Brighton area, this hilarious and heartwarming tale, based on the popular children’s book by J M Barrie, follows Wendy, Michael and John Darling as they’re taken on a magical adventure with Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up, and Tinkerbell, whilst trying to escape the fiendish plans of one Captain Hook. This swashbuckling adventure is perfect for families and young children and is a brilliant way to get into the festive spirit.

Top Picks for December

The world of antiques has never been more exciting. Even though we are living in modern times that are surrounded by technology and the virtual world, we still crave those items from the past that help to decorate and add personality to our homes. Antiques can help to add a focal point to any room, be a decorative item that helps to transform your living space, or they can simply be that statement piece that you love and admire. If you love buying antiques and want to add decorative items with that wow factor to your home, then here we share with you our four top picks for this month.

1. 19th century French clock with cherubs

Every home needs a clock and this decorative gilded Ormolu clock will make a welcome addition to any living room. Place it on the mantelpiece as a decorative statement piece.

The French word ‘Ormolu’, means ground gold that is then finely applied to the bronze clock. This gives the clock its smooth and majestic appearance. Standing at 23cm in height, the clock is decorated with two playful cherubs who are sitting on the top. The large and clear clock face is in good condition with no blemishes or scratches. Beautiful beaded detailing surrounds the clock face and if you look closely, other details can be found, such as two ram heads.

This gilded ormolu clock can be found here.

2. 19th century yellow Cloissone lamp

The Cloissone lamp will help to make your living room, dining room, or even bedroom that restful and relaxing space with its yellow colouring and gentle curves.

This decorative yellow Cloissone lamp dates back to the 19th century. Cloisone is the term used for highly decorative artwork that consists of metals, such as gold and copper that have been soldered onto the surface of the lamp. Intricate detailing, such as Ormolu mounts, can also be seen on the lamp. Measuring 39cm high, this yellow lamp offers something a little different with its bold use of patterns that catches the eye.

You can find the Cloissone lamp here.

3. Pair of 19th-century bronze cherubs

There is something quite magical and captivating about cherubs. Usually we see them in a restful state or being mischievous, but this pair of cherubs offer something a little different to any collection because they have been hunting.

This pair of cherubs are made from good quality bronze that dates back to the 19th century. Each has been mounted on solid marble so that they are stable and suitable to be placed on any surface. Intricate and decorative details can be seen, such as one cherub holding a small scythe, and a bag is slung over a shoulder.

You can find this bronze pair of cherubs here.

4. Pair of 19th century Imari vases

If you love to collect decorative and brightly coloured antiques then this pair of Japanese Imari vases are for you. These porcelain vases can be placed in any room to add that eye-catching focal point, such as above a fireplace, on a side table or in the dining room.

The oriental, decorative Imari design depicts intricate flowers, birds and dragons in orange and blue tones. Dating back to the 19th century, these Japanese porcelain vases measure 43cm high, 20cm wide and each has a sturdy base.

These 19th century Imari vases can be found here.

For more inspiration and ideas regarding the exciting world of antiques then please make an appointment to  visit us here in Brighton. Patrick Moorhead Antiques is a treasure trove just waiting to be explored. You can also browse online. Any questions then please do get in touch with us today.