Brilliant brighton Christmas lights

Get Ready for the Brilliant Brighton Christmas Light Switch On

On Sat 19 Nov, Brilliant Brighton is hosting a city centre-wide event between 2-6pm, to kick off the festive period and get residents and visitors alike into a celebratory spirit. 

Local choirs will be performing traditional and contemporary classics throughout The Lanes, North Laine and Western Road, while Santa’s elves will be visiting businesses throughout the afternoon spreading joy and giving out a few goodies. Brighton & Hove Buses’ famous Santa Bus will also be making appearances between 4pm and 6pm, driving along Western Road, North Street and Preston Street.

A not-for-profit organisation formed of 517 city centre businesses, who collaborate on various projects, Brilliant Brighton is also launching its window dressing competition on the same day. This will see storefronts unveiled under the theme ‘Festively Fabulous’. The competition welcomes people to vote for their favourite display between Sat 19 Nov and Sat 31 Dec, and the most voted for business, along with one voter chosen at random, will win a £150 prize!

To add to the Christmassy atmosphere, Brilliant Brighton’s Christmas lights (paid for collectively by the 517 Brilliant Brighton businesses, at a cost of £100,000 per year), will also be switched on late afternoon, adding a magical backdrop to the festive event across the city centre. 

Shelley Welti, Marketing & Events Manager for Brilliant Brighton said: “We’re really excited to get shoppers and those heading out for meals, coffees and drinks feeling festive with a wonderful afternoon celebrating the start of the season! From the beautiful voices of our local choirs filling the streets, to the launch of our eye-catching window dressing competition, elves popping up across the city centre, Brighton & Hove Buses adding further joy to Preston Street, North Street and Western Road with their wonderful Santa Bus, and of course, the Brilliant Brighton Christmas lights adding further sparkle to proceedings, we really hope it’ll be a lovely way to start the celebrations.”

The festive lights scheme (which change every five years, due to costs) featuring street art-inspired lights – designed by Brighton street artists, Bintley, Mowgli and Sinna One – will light up North Street and Western Road, while lights celebrating the uniqueness of North Laine add sparkle to Bond Street, Gardner Street and Kensington Gardens; whilst more traditional lighting  will give a magical, festive feeling to The Lanes, East Street, Preston Street and Brighton’s iconic Clock Tower.

Ed Wills, managing director of Brighton & Hove Buses said: “We are absolutely delighted for our Santa Bus to be taking part in the Brilliant Brighton festive event this year, especially as our travel shop on North Street is one of the 517 businesses who are all helping to fund the lighting. What a great way to brighten up the centre of the city and spread some festive cheer.”

The big man himself, Santa Claus also added: “On the 19th of November I shall be hopping onboard my Brighton & Hove Buses Santa Bus and driving through the city centre to share a huge, jolly Ho Ho Ho with each and every one of you. Why not come along and give all my little helpers and I a festive, cheery wave?”

www.brilliantbrighton.com

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