Well, that’s Christmas done for another year! I don’t know about you but I’m engorged with stuffing, sprouts and pudding!

Whether you celebrate it or not there’s no denying the city adopts a magical atmosphere this time of year, and while the day may be done that atmosphere lives on with some brilliant events from fabulous venues throughout Brighton.

Here’s a few of our top picks to keep you busy during the Christmas/New Year limbo.

Get lost in Woodlandia at Patterns

The cocktail bar with a difference, Patterns is a cosy and inviting venue on Brighton’s beautiful seafront.

Since November they’ve offered customers the opportunity to “get lost in an enchanting snowy forest” – an immersive digital experience, this festive treat is one not to be missed. Created by Brighton artist Thomas Buckley, this treat is guaranteed to induce nostalgia.

The installation is in place until February so be sure to visit before and after the New Year to watch the forest thaw with the first signs of spring.

Book a table here.

Woodlandia Brighton

Go ice skating at the Royal Pavilion

An obvious must every winter is quite simply the most outstanding ice rink in the South East.

A beautifully romantic setting with rink-side bar and fantastic food, the Royal Pavilion has a lot to offer. Go before January 4th and get the added treat of visiting the Pavilion itself – the fires are lit and the Banqueting Room table is ready for a Royal feast, it’s the epitome of Christmas.

Personally, I’m a useless ice skater, so I’ll probably be at the bar!

Find out more here.

Right… on to New Year! There really is so much choice to ring in 2017, but here’s two I like the look of, we’ll give you more nearer the time.

Re-live Alt 80s at Komedia

A venue known nationwide for its comedic prowess, Komedia is also home to ‘Spellbound’, a six year old club with an alternative edge.

This year Spellbound brings you “The 80s night for people who hate 80s nights” – personally I love an 80s night, if the music’s right! The 80s was one of the most inspired decades for music but there were some real clangers too!

At Spellbound you won’t need to worry about that – from The Cure to The Jam, DJs Simon Piece and Jenna are set to fill your last few hours of 2016 with the “cream of the alternative side of the 80s” – along with a FREE SHOT to everyone who attends!

Tickets are going fast so get yours quick, here.

Whip out your air guitar at The Hope and Ruin

One of my personal favourites, The Hope and Ruin just screams ‘Brighton’ with its quirky interiors, gorgeous selection of beer and spirits and an atmosphere envied by many.

This New Year’s Eve they’ll help you kick start 2017 with a ‘Welcome to dad rock’ New Year special. Dad rock classics, dad DJs and competitions such as the ‘Jagger off’ and air guitar comp await you this Saturday. And guess what? It’s FREE all night long.

Find out more here.

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