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What’s on in Sussex in December

Fabulous festivities from cracking comedy to live music, art openings and all the Christmas stuff you could wish for. Its your Muddy curated guide to the best of Sussex in December. Simply bursting at the seams with fun!

Snowman Live, White Rock, Hastings, 5 December

Is it even Christmas if you’ve not sang along and had a good sob at this?! Make it even more magical with this screening alongside a live orchestra. Just don’t forget the tissues.

A Night At The Musicals, Capitol Theatre, Horsham, 5 December

A compilation concert with a festive twist featuring two highly-acclaimed West End stars Oliver Tompsett and Louise Dearman. Expect all your favourites from the stage – all killers no fillers.

Positively Delicious Skandi Supper Club Demo & Dine, Worthing, 3 December

Join Cordon Bleu Chef Jacqueline Wise for a delicious Pop Up Restaurant at Luna & The Lane, Worthing. You will be treated to a sustainably inspired, four-course menu and a short cookery demonstration with top tips on how to source the best ingredients.

Jess Robinson The Old Market, Brighton 14 December & Hawth, Crawley 19 December

Fresh from her role as the lead impressionist on Spitting Image, Britain’s Got Talent star Jess, will treat audiences to immediately recognisable voices with her human jukebox of celebrity impressions, from TV celebs to politicians to the most distinctive names in music. 

Ed Byrne, De La Warr, Bexhill, 7 December

Ed presents his brand-new masterclass in observational comedy as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has ANY traits that are worth passing on to his children. See him live and read our interview with Ed here.

An evening without Kate Bush, Minerva Theatre, Chichester, 1-3 December

Described as a ‘chaotic cabaret cult’, acclaimed performer Sarah-Louise Young explores the music and mythology of one of the most influential voices in British music. Like a tribute act on steroids.

Wreath Making Workshops, Nymans, Haywards Heath, various dates

In the cosy Potting Shed at National Trust treasure Nymans, learn how to make a beautiful wreath to adorn your door this winter using natural materials. Everything you need to make this festive decoration is provided plus tea, coffee and mince pies.

Absolute Bowie tribute, Concorde 2, Brighton 22 December

Who isn’t missing Bowie? Get the next best thing with this performance from Starman John O’Neill. Absolute Bowie will take you on a musical journey through the greatest hits of the pop icon including many mid-set costume ch-ch-ch-anges. (sorry)

Festive Dinner, B&B Breaks, Beachcroft Hotel, Bognor, various dates

Enjoy the festive build up with a cheeky few nights away at a hotel. The Beachcroft has special breaks including 3-course festive dinner with entertainment.  Pop to nearby Chichester for your Xmas shopping or enjoy a wintery walk around pretty Arundel.

Madness, supported by Squeeze, Brighton Centre, 7 December

Feel 15 again and stick on your best baggy trousers for a night of mayhem with Suggs and the nutty boys in Brighton, supported by those Cool For Cats Squeeze.

Nina Conti, White Rock, Hastings, 9 December

Conti has stormed Live at the Apollo, made a BAFTA-nominated film and enjoyed sell-out shows across the world – all without moving her lips. Yep, the quick-thinking queen of ventriloquism brings you her hilarious new dating show to Sussex.

The Hug, Komedia Brighton various dates

Based on the heart-warming and funny book ‘The Hug’ by Eoin McLaughlin and Polly Dunbar. This stunning show ideal for all the family, is performed by the Long Nose Puppets group, featuring a Hedgehog and a Tortoise both in search of a restorative hug. Aah.

Open House at Katherine Art Richards Gallery, Hove, various dates

Art fans can view an array of original work from local, contemporary artists and makers at this stylish new gallery in Hove. For the first two weekends, Collection One (above) will be on display, with Collection Two in place for the third weekend. You can also win £250 to spend at the gallery here closing date 23 December.

A Christmas Carol, Denmans, Fontwell, 12-13 December

Now in its 9th year of touring, get a chance to see A Christmas Carol the way Dickens performed it himself: one man, one stage. Playing over 20 characters (phew!), Martin Prest brings the timeless festive story of redemption to life at this beautiful house.

Glyndebourne Christmas Concerts, various dates

Enjoy opera highlights with rousing tunes that will stay in your head long after the curtain comes down, followed by yuletide classics and carols for all, performed by a full orchestra.

Dickensian Murder Mystery, Michelham House & Gardens, 4 December

Dressing up is welcome at this Dickensian Murder Mystery at the historic and slightly spooky site in Upper Dicker, near Hailsham. Enjoy a meal and drinks whilst you interact with the characters to solve the crime.

Need more festive fun? How about Pop-up ice-rinks near you, the best light trails in Sussex or a visit to one of the National Trust treasures Nymans and Standen?

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