Festive events and where to see Santa – Christmas 2013

Sussex Life December 2013 front cover

Sussex Life December 2013 front cover - Credit: Archant

Santa will be a busy man again this year so find out here where and when he’ll be making an appearance

Christmastime at West Dean, 14 & 15 December

Where: West Dean, North Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0QZ; 01243 818210.

Step back in time for a nostalgic Christmas, complete with a fabulous Christmas tree, beautiful lights and a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. Warm yourself by the log fire in the Oak Hall and sip mulled wine served by butlers. Wander through the Christmas market, full of stalls with gifts to inspire as you soak up the warmth, magic and sparkle at West Dean House this Christmas. Children can write a letter to Father Christmas, ride the carousel and toast marshmallows.

Adult £10; Child £7; Family £27.

Website: www.westdean.org.uk

Amberley Museum

Where: Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre, Houghton Bridge, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT.

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When: Sat 7, Sun 8, Sat 14, Sun 15, Sat 21 & Sun 22 December

Info from website: Celebrate a traditional Christmas at Amberley Museum with local crafts, handmade gifts, children’s activities and a visit to see Santa. Every child receives a free gift.

Website: www.amberleymuseum.co.uk


Where: Drusillas Park, Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5QS.

When: weekends only from Saturday November 30 onwards and daily between Saturday December 14 and Monday December 23.

Info from website: No festivities would be complete without the star attraction and visitors will not be disappointed as Father Christmas makes a welcome return to the zoo.

Website: www.drusillas.co.uk/christmas-events

Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway

Where: Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway, Lottbridge Drove, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN23 6QJ.

When: Saturday December 21 and Sunday December 22 between 11am and 4p,

Info from website: Take a train journey to Santa’s Grotto where children can receive a present from Santa while the adults have a festive drink and mince pie.

Website: www.emsr.co.uk

Springbarn Farm

Where: Springbarn Farm, Kingston Lane, Lewes, BN7 3ND.

When: Saturday December 14 to Tuesday December 24.

Website: www.springbarnfarm.com

Royal Pavilion Brighton

Where: 4/5, Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1EE.

When: Saturday 14, Sunday 15, Thursday 19, Friday 20, Sunday 22 and Monday December 23.

Info from website: Father Christmas returns to the truly extravagant Royal Pavilion for a traditional treat for all the family. After a magical meeting with the man himself, guests are free to wander around the rest of Brighton’s most eccentric landmark at their own pace.

Website: www.brighton-hove-rpml.org.uk.


Where: The Civic Centre, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1AE.

When: Saturday December 7, 14 and 21 between 10am and 12pm.

Info from website: Children of all ages will be enchanted as Father Christmas visits the Civic Centre’s most magical grotto. Every child who comes to see him will receive a present.

Website: www.uckfieldciviccentre.com

Uppark House and Garden

Where: Uppark House and Garden, South Harting, Petersfield, West Sussex, GU31 5QR.

When: December 7, 15 and 22 between 11am and 3pm.

Info from website: In this beautiful house there will be decorations and lots of exciting Christmas craft activities for children, perfectly rounded off with a visit to see Santa.

Website: nationaltrust.org.uk.

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