Ding Dong! Brighton’s Xmas lights are switched on!

Brilliant Brighton’s Christmas lights will be switched on on Thursday 14th November!

Christmas is coming! We’re delighted to announce that Brilliant Brighton’s Christmas lights are now switched on!

The lights are collectively funded by our 517 Brilliant Brighton businesses in North Street, Western Road, Preston Street, Bond Street, Gardner Street, Western Road, Kensington Gardens, East Street, Brighton Place, Market Street and Meeting House Lane, at a cost of £75,000 per year.

The switch was flicked on ready for residents to enjoy as they walked home, last night (Thursday 14th November) hopefully getting everyone into the festive spirit, with canopies of twinkly lights in The Lanes and North Laine and the much-loved Christmassy words (including Fairy, Twinkle and Love) once again lighting up North Street and Western Road, until early January 2020.

“We always look forward to lighting up the city during the festive period,” Gavin Stewart, Brilliant Brighton’s CEO says. “The city’s Christmas lights are a gift to the city’s residents and shoppers from our 517 businesses and we hope that they brighten up the long evenings and make Christmas shopping extra magical!”

This year, to mark the UK’s longest coal-free period, Octopus Energy (who supplies 100% renewable electricity and gas to almost 1.2 million UK homes, and 10,000 business customers in Brighton, London and Leicester) are proudly sponsoring Brilliant Brighton’s Christmas lights! They’ve also worked with local school, St Paul’s CE Primary School, to create Octopus-themed artwork which will be displayed next to the festive lights.

“Octopus Energy is celebrating the UK’s longest ever coal-free run this year by sponsoring the Brighton Christmas lights,” Zoisa Walton, Director, Octopus Energy for Business explains. “We are thrilled to be working with local schools, businesses and community projects across the city to make Brighton greener than ever, and want to say a huge ‘Thank you’ to St Paul’s CE Primary School for helping us with our Christmassy designs!”

There are many events taking place in Brilliant Brighton throughout the festive season though for the city to enjoy, including a late night shopping event in North Laine on Thursday 5th December. This will see many of Brighton’s independent traders stay open until 8pm so people can tackle their to-buy lists while feeling festive – thanks to celebratory tipples and exclusive on-the-night discounts. See further details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2006174326151714/.

We’ll also be holding a Brilliant Brighton Bricks Trail (23rd November – 22nd December), in partnership with Brighton Bricks, due to the success of last year’s event! This will see LEGO Minifigures hidden in store and restaurant windows across the city centre, for big and little kids alike to find in the hope of winning one of three fantastic prizes! Keep checking back here for further details.