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Thurs 13 - Fri 21 Dec

The latest goings on in Sussex. For the full Muddy round-up of Xmas shows this season see here.

Festive films, The Capitol, Horsham, until 20 Dec

There’s no better way to get in the Christmas spirit than with this programme of fave films at the Capitol this season. Three of them; The Muppet Christmas Carol (U), It’s A Wonderful Life and Elf (PG), will be shown on the big theatre screen and the £6 ticket includes a mince pie. There’s also Nativity Rocks (U) and CBeebies Christmas Show: Thumbelina.

More festive films, The Picture House, Uckfield, From Fri 14 Dec 

Live nearer Uckfield? The Grinch, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Elf and CBeebies Christmas Show: Thumbelina. are all coming up on the big screen at the Picture House. 

Home, Pirates of the Carabina, Brighton Dome, Sat 15 – Sun 23 Dec

The circus stars behind the brilliant Flown, are back with this show about the joys of letting go, featuring a vertical-swinging trapeze, never-ending ropes, a spinning carousel and a temperamental staircase.

Christmas dinner, Denmans Garden, Sun 16 Dec

There’s a full Christmas menu (£25 for three courses) with turkey or a veggie option being served up on Sun 16 Dec at the revamped conservatory restaurant at Denmans Garden. A festive afternoon tea is also available when the garden is open (Tues to Sun 10am-4pm).

Christmas Race Day, Plumpton Racecourse, Mon 17 Dec 

Planning a works Xmas outing? There’ll be live music, a festive atmosphere and racing on at Plumpton in the lead up to Christmas, with action on the track and mince pies and mulled cider to be downed. Advance tickets are from £13

Rich Hall’s Hoedown, Assembly Hall, Worthing, Thurs 13 Dec

I’ve seen Rich Hall many times and he always puts on a good show. You may have seen the gravel-voiced comic from Montana on QI or his own recent documentaries but you’ve missed out if you haven’t heard his hilarious country-style songs, often improvised by drawing in details about audience members. There are a few clusters of tickets left at £18.50.

Sleeping Beauty, The Capitol, Horsham, Fri 14 Dec – Sun 6 Jan  

More panto launches this week… Heart FM’s Nicola Hume, Sean Smith from X-Factor‘s Same Difference and James Fletcher from Hollyoaks star in Horsham’s Sleeping Beauty, with funny faves Hywel Dowsell and James Fletcher back to cause havoc as Nurse Nora and Lester the Jester. Get a ticket in the bag – if you snooze you loose!

Jack and the Beanstalk, White Rock Theatre, Hastings, Fri 14 to Sun 30 Dec

Fe-Fi-Fo-Fum, I smell the blood of.. Eastenders’ Michelle Collins and X Factor’s Chico at Hastings this Christmas. Chico is Jack, doing the beans for cow swap but somehow saving the day aided by Fairy Collins. Prepare for jokes about big choppers when that beanstalk comes down.

RSPB Walk: Cuckmere to the sea, Sat 15 Dec

Escape Christmas shopping madness with this free 2-3 hour walk. Michael Light will lead the group, pointing out birds along the River Cuckmere estuary. There will be some stiles and slopes to negotiate.Meet 10am at the pay and display car park on the south side of the A259.

The Rocky Horror Show, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Thurs 13 Dec – Sat 5 Jan

Think you could do the Timewarp again? You’ll be pleased to know that the musical is live at Brighton’s Theatre Royal for Christmas. With Trigger Happy TV’s Dom Joly playing the narrator and Strictly’s Joanna Clifton as Janet. Get out your fishnets and vamp it up! Tickets are from £13.

The Ho, Ho, Ho! Christmas Show, The Capitol studio, Horsham, Fri 14 – Mon 24 Dec

One for the wee ones without the attention span for panto. Help busy Steve the elf as he wraps presents and feeds the reindeer in Santa’s workshop. Every child gets to meet Father Christmas and receive a gift after the show and performances are at pre-school-friendly times of the day. Tickets are £12.50.

Sleeping Beauty, Chichester Festival Youth Theatre, Sat 15 –  Sun 30

Youngsters do the honours at Chichester and this year it’s Sleeping Beauty, or rather a twist on the classic, with two princes and a mother-in-law who’s an ogress. Join Chichester Festival Youth Theatre from 15 – 30 Dec. Tickets from £10.

Robin Hood Christmas panto, Ropetackle, Shoreham-by-Sea, Thurs 13 – Mon 31 Dec

The Sheriff of Nottingham has a dastardly plan to capture Robin Hood. Will he succeed? I can’t begin to guess. A panto version of the well-loved folk tale.

Make a belt in a day, Wolfram Lohr, Hove, Fri 14 Dec 

Handcraft a present – to self or for someone else – on this workshop that will help you make a belt of your choice in a day. It’s at leather specialists Wolfram and Lohr in Hove. Tickets are £85. There are also workshops in January you could gift for Xmas including one making a wallet or a clutch bag.

The Wind in the Willows, Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, 13 Dec – 2 Jan 2019

Panto-ed out? Swap magic carpet rides and poisoned apples for this heartwarming story of animal friendship as you venture through the Wild Woods with Ratty Mole, Toad and co in fantastical style.

Ghost Stories for Christmas 2018 – Now We Are Six, The Lantern Theatre, Brighton, Thurs 20 – Sat Dec 22

Thought the spooks were over with Halloween? Think again because Brighton’s original Ghost Stories for Christmas returns to  for an evening of macabre and chilling tales to raise money for charity.
The evenings are inspired by the Victorian tradition of telling ghost stories at yuletide and will this year feature tales by Joan Aiken and horror masters Clive Barker and Ramsey Campbell, with theme of the darker side of childhood and family life. ​Tickets are £10 including a mince pie and glass of mulled wine/apple juice with proceeds going to Brighton Alzheimer’s Society. Ages 14+

Burning The Clocks, New Road to Madeira Drive, Brighton, Fri 21 Dec 


Hurrah for Burning The Clocks – it means it’s the shortest day of the year and we’re creeping slowly towards Spring from here on in. It’s also a lovely spectacle with children and adults carrying homemade paper lanterns to the beach for ceremonial burning of the creations, and fireworks. Over 2,000 people now take part in the parade, usually including some good drummers, and over 20,000 spectators turn out to watch, so expect crowds and road closures.


Christmas at Fishers Farm Park, 1 – 24 Dec

The big fella is in big demand and there are only a few Santa slots left at Fishers ,so if you’d like to meet a bearded man in red get booking quick. There’s also panto entertainment in the barn with Dick Whittington and his cat besides the regular Fishers attractions.

The Star of Bethlehem and other shows, South Downs Planetarium, Chichester, various Dec dates.

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Chichester’s Planetarium has some Christmas-themed astronomy in the lead up to Christmas. The Star of Bethlehem, A Cosmic Detective Story is back  (21 – 24 Dec). It’s a show for both Christians and non-Christians, which explores the possible origins of the bright star that appeared at the time suggested by the Bible. There’s also a look at The Northern Lights on 30 Nov and later dates, and To The Moon & Back – 50 Years Since Apollo on several days.  Tickets are £7 adults, £5 children.

Beach hut advent calendar, Hove seafront, 1 – 24 Dec 

Head down to Hove seafront 5.30pm to 6.30pm between 1 and 24 December and you’ll find a different beach hut each day has been artistically transformed for advent. There’ll also be a chance to enjoy a mince pie and mulled wine and join in carols. Find the huts on the seafront between First Avenue and Hove Lagoon and discover which is open when via the website, or pick up a flyer in the i360 gift shop. There’s a puzzle to be built if you visit every day collecting pieces.

Pre-Xmas package discount, The Beauty Island Sanctuary, Worthing, Weds and Thurs till 24 Dec 

It’s gearing up to party season and The Beauty Island Sanctuary, handily just opposite Worthing Station, has a special pre-Xmas offer on Wednesdays and Thursdays. There’s 50% off its its Sea Breeze package which incorporates use of the hydrotheapry zone with a glass of Prosecco and 90 mins of spa treatments including a exfoliation and a moisturising gold shimmering body wrap.

Christmas Grotto, Hever Castle, Kent, 24 Nov – 24 Dec

At Hever’s magical Grotto children will be greeted by Mother Christmas and taken by an elf through the snowy ‘forest’, to meet Father Christmas in his log cabin and receive a gift. Ride the carousel and enjoy vintage fairground stalls, meet characters along the Christmas trail and even huskies.


Classical Christmas Concert with Carols, Trading Boundaries, Sat 22 Dec

Start your Christmas off listening to the vocal talents of Glyndebourne and Royal Opera House singers Jo Appleby & Andrew Rees on the Trading Boundaries stage for an evening of classical Christmas songs and carols. Tickets £35 including and a glass of fizz and mince pie.


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