Christmas Lights Switch On 2015

Everyone in Brighton I know can’t wait until the Christmas Lights will be switched on. The event will officially kicks of the start to Brighton’s Christmas Season, with competitions, prizes and Santa himself will even be there!

Back by popular demand is the free-to-enter Christmas raffle, giving everyone in the crowd a chance to win a range of prizes ranging from Premier League football tickets, to restaurant vouchers and even a trip to see Santa in his grotto! There will also be live music courtesy of Juice FM and an opportunity to get photos with Santa. The event starts at 5pm and kicks off the Christmas Season for Brighton and Hove.

The Christmas lights switch on in Brighton is the largest seasonal display of lights on the south coast and as stated above it will be switched on at an event starting at 5pm on Thursday, November 19 on East Street. Seasonal characters in festive fancy dress, balloon modellers and stilt walkers will also be on hand, mingling with the crowd, spreading festive charm and entertaining the little ones.

Join us from 5pm on Thursday 19th November in East Street to countdown to the Brilliant Brighton Christmas Lights switch on 2015.

This year 2015 will be in partnership with local Charity Rockinghorse, and supporting this FREE event for the fourth year running will be Juice FM. This year we’ve got a packed stage, prize giveaway and some special guests to celebrate the start of the festive season in style.

Make sure you take your place at the Juice Stage on East Street to get your free raffle ticket for a chance to win one of our great prizes. If you don’t win, there’s still some stellar entertainment on offer from The Theatre Workshop, singing group Vocademy and local singer songwriter Hobbie Stuart.

This family friendly event is provided for the city by Brilliant Brighton, a collection of 517 businesses in the heart of the city.

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Royal Pavilion Ice Rink 2015

The ground outside the Royal Pavilion is being prepared for the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink again and we are exited to publish all the details you need to know. Yes the 2015 Christmas lights in Brighton still not being switched on and we have another reminder of Christmas being behind the corner. This time behind the corner of the Royal Pavilion.

We all know every year is Brighton’s Ice Rink in the Top 5 Ice Rinks in the whole UK and it will open the gates for its sixth year on November 7 2015 to January 17 2016 on the Royal Pavilion’s Eastern lawns in Brighton. It is the UK’s first sustainable rink, using a green energy tariff to freeze the ice and power up the attraction.

Set against the backdrop of the former Royal pleasure palace, it has space for 250 skaters per session, with a beginners’ area with penguin skate aids and skate sizes from ‘just walking’ to adult, offering seasonal fun and a unique festive experience.

In December, Father Christmas will on site on specific dates (check the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink’s Facebook & Twitter for latest updates about this).

And for adults, book a babysitter and enjoy some of their different themed nights such as Comedy evening, and live music events.

Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Rink, with the ornate Regency pleasure palace as its backdrop, is open every day, and is a great way to round off a day of Christmas shopping. This year, the rink side Bar & Kitchen is serving up warming soups, mulled wine and marshmallow-topped hot chocolate.

Opening Times & Sessions

The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink is open 7th November 2015 – 17th January, 2016. Sessions must be booked through the on-site ticket office or via Ticketmaster and are one hour long.
Bar and restaurant open 9.30am – late. Box office open 9.45am – 9.45pm.

Sessions:

10:00 – 11:00
11:15 – 12:15
12:30 – 13:30
13:45 – 14:45
15:00 – 16:00
16:15 – 17:15
17:30 – 18:30
18:45 – 19:45
20:00 – 21:00
21:15 – 22:15

Peak sessions: All weekend sessions – all day All week days from 5.30pm – 10.15pm All day during Christmas period (12/12/15 – 3/1/16 inc)

Off-peak sessions:Week days (7/11/15 – 11/12/15 inc, and 4/1/16 – 17/1/16 inc) 10am – 5.15pm.Last off-peak session on a weekday is 4.15pm – 5.15pm.

Tickets

Tickets can be bought on the door for skating sessions on the day or in advance. There’s no entry charge to spectate or visit the bar and restaurant. Skaters should aim to arrive 20 mins before their chosen session, especially if you have children. If you are late, you will be allowed on the ice but you may not have your full hour of skating. The largest skate boot is shoe size UK15 / European 49. The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink is outdoor and skating continues whatever the weather so please dress appropriately.

Long coats, skirts and scarves should not be worn for visitor’s own safety. Please bear in mind, tickets are non refundable – if it’s raining, you will get wet! Once a ticket has been sold, the quota for that session is reduced – refunds will not be payable if visitors decide to cut short their session.

Children and families are given a warm welcome at the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink. The smallest skate boot size available for children is 25 (age approx 3-4 years old), however a limited number of dual blades (‘bob skates’) are available for younger skaters. These are issued on a first come, first served basis. Parents must judge whether their children can skate safely.

  • Full price tickets (aged 12 and over) £13 peak session / £10 off-peak session.
  • Children (under 12) £8.50 peak session / £7 off-peak session.
  • Family £36 (2 full price tickets, 2 children or 1 full price ticket, 3 children)
  • School tickets £4 per head (students and teachers, not parents, off-peak only)
  • Students and Members of the Royal Pavilion £10 per peak session/£7 per off-peak session (Please note: We offer a student discount to customers in full time further or higher education if they hold a valid student photo ID card, and a discount to holders of a current Royal Pavilion membership card. This must be shown at the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink Box Office on the day of skating, or customers will be charged the full ticket price.)
  • Groups 10% off group bookings (10 people or more, only available on full price and children’s tickets)
  • Season tickets Unlimited skating (subject to availability) Mon – Fri excluding Christmas Period (12/12/15 – 3/1/16 inc) Full price ticket £99, Juniors £69.
Please note: Booking of specific sessions in advance must be done via TM Groups Department or on-site Box Office. To skate, customers must show paper copy of their season ticket (or email confirmation) plus ID at on-site Box Office. Season tickets may not be used in combination with any other discount or concession. Club Rinkidinks Every day 10am to 11am – Children under 5 years of age skate for free when accompanied by an adult paying full price for their session.
Terms and conditions apply: Only 1 child under 5 may skate for free per paying adult. Tickets for any additional children will be charged at the standard rate for that session.
Skaters bringing own skates eligible for 50% off, from box office only, available on presentation of skates.
Website: www.royalpavilionicerink.co.uk
Phone: 0844 847 2352 (Calls cost 5p per minute. Network charges may vary)
I remember the time we went last year. Skating was great fun and the Pavilion is an amazing venue to skate in front of – particularly when it’s dark outside! You can just feel the Christmas in the air. The stewards are really helpful too, especially if you fall over as much as I did. Definitely looking forward to fall over few times again this year.

Switching on Christmas Lights 2012

On Thursday 15th November 2012 at 17:00 Christmas lights are set to be switched on in East Street, Brighton. Juice FMs Foxy and Dan Gasser will be there to get you in the festive mood with special guests the Silver Sounds Samba Band, the Ole Ole Flamenco Dancers and the 40 strong Brighton Theatre Workshop Youth Voice Choir. Later on joined onstage with Santa himself along with his elves bringing magic of Christmas to all.

There are going to be some great prizes to win as well. All you need to do is turn up on the night and get a chance of winning amazing prizes.

Christmas lights are paid for by the businesses of ‘Brilliant Brighton’ and this year they have invested even more to make them better than ever.  So come along for some festive family fun and celebrate the start of Christmas 2012.