Are you feeling a little jaded by the traditional Christmas spirit that has immovably descended on our corner of England this December? Do you have to fight the urge to kick an elf or slam the door in the caroller’s faces? Then do we have the celebration for you!
On this most auspicious of evenings (the shortest day of the year), thousands will wrap up warm and gather on the route to Brighton beach to watch the annual ‘Burning of the Clocks’ procession, where over 2000 clocks fashioned from willow or paper are paraded down the streets to be burnt on the fire, symbolising the wishes, hopes and fear of the makers which are passed through to be burnt up into the skies. There are fireworks and a breath-taking fire show to welcome the new sun and an overriding atmosphere of community and positivity suitable for young and old.
If you are interested in watching the show tonight and escaping some of the more commercial trappings of Christmas, the procession starts from Church Street at 6pm and finish on Madeira Drive at 8.30pm. The event is organised by the Charity ‘Same Sky’- an artist-led charity that produces high quality arts projects which focus on participation in the community.
So for a Christmas experience with a difference, head down to Brighton for a spectacle unlike any other!