Christmas 2018 at the Royal Pavilion & Museums

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Avoid the Christmas shopping crowds this year and spend a fun day with your family enjoying the festive shows and activities available at the Royal Pavilion & Museums.
For a good-value family day with children see the stunning The Snowman ™  show at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery and the beautiful decorations in the Royal Pavilion before ice-skating in the grounds of the beautiful historic palace.
Find out what’s in store this Christmas 2018 at the Royal Pavilion & Museums.

Christmas at the Royal Pavilion


17 November 2018 to 1January 2019
Experience a magical Christmas at the Royal Pavilion. The spectacular Banqueting Room table is laid with Georgian style desserts and the palace is transformed with festive decorations and glittering trees.  A replica of Queen Victoria’s sleigh awaits you and your family in the Music Room, where you can create your Christmas photos to remember the day.
The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink is on until 13 January 2019. For more information visit






The Snowman™
Snowman Enterprises Ltd 1978

20 October 2018 to 6 January 2019
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

One winter’s night, a snowman comes to life and an unforgettable adventure begins. Discover the magic in this exhibition of the original illustrations for Raymond Briggs’ much loved classic picture book.
Free with Brighton Museum admission, residents & members free
The Snowman –  Free day at Brighton Museum
8 December
With Christmas around the corner, take a break from shopping and get creative with activities and workshops inspired by The Snowman ™  exhibition.

Father Christmas at Preston Manor
Father Christmas and his elf at Preston Manor

Saturday 15 & Sunday 16, Thursday 20, Friday 21,Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 December

10am-5pm £10 per child (plus Preston Manor admission), book in advance. Price includes a gift. All ages

Father Christmas and his Elf return to Preston Manor for a traditional nostalgic treat for all the family with the added fun of children’s trails and dressing-up. This year a pop-up café provides simple light refreshments in the seasonally decorated Victorian kitchens.

A Christmas Parlour

Royal Pavilion
Thursday 6 December
Doors open 7pm, performance 7.30pm £35, members £31.50, book in advance. (Includes an interval spiced winter rum cocktail or soft drink and a mince pie crumble in the Banqueting Room). Suitable for ages 12+
Pippa Dames-Longworth and the Singing Salon invite you to a traditional Victorian Christmas evening of festive tales, sing-along carols and some of the most beautiful music written for the voice. The programme includes Handel, Purcell, Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol and a delightful gift from Prince Albert to Queen Victoria, all performed in King George IV’s magnificent Music Room.

Visit our shops for a range of unusual festive gifts

Forget the High Street and discover a range of gifts suitable for all your family in our museum shops.
Visit the Royal Pavilion to snap up this unique silk scarf inspired by the new carpet in the Saloon, one of which was presented to the Duchess of Sussex on her recent visit to the Royal Pavilion.

Magical Story Land

Hove Museum
16 November  to 1 January 2019
Free admission
The Story Cabinet and the Wishing Tree are two magical paper sculptures created by local artists. They have returned to the museum for Christmas, with more magical stories and gallery activities for the festive season.

Christmas Craft Day

Hove Museum
Saturday 15 December
Start off the Christmas season at Hove Museum with something for all the family. There are lots of free activities on offer, or join a Christmas decoration workshop and make a gift for family or a friend.
10am-5pm Free, drop-in. All ages
Christmas decoration workshops: 10.30-11.30am & 2.15-3.15pm, £4 per person, advance booking possible. 5 years and over

Mr Booth’s Mini Museum Explorers

Booth Museum
Mini Museum Explorer sessions include art activities, a museum expedition, a story and handling some museum objects.

7 December            Winter Sparkles
14 December          A Dark, Dark Night

Fridays 10–11.30am, £5, members £4, book in advance. 2-5 year olds only