There’s always a good reason to visit Sussex, especially during Christmas time. Throughout the holiday season, visitors and locals alike will find plenty to see and enjoy throughout Sussex.
From Santa Claus experiences that the whole family can enjoy to winter wonderlands complete with spectacular Christmas light showcases, the month of December is the perfect time to embrace your holiday spirit through Christmas events and festivities. The following events are just some of what you can expect to see taking place during the 2013 Christmas season in Sussex.
Christmas Events in Sussex
Santa’s Christmas Cottage
Be sure to visit Drusillas Park this season and stop by Santa’s Christmas Cottage. Along with all of the other great attractions at this top-rated zoo, you can now visit Father Christmas himself. Children can tell Santa what they would like to get for Christmas and have their pictures taken to cherish this moment forever. Take a look around his cottage and receive your very own early Christmas gift right from Father Christmas, an experience that the kids will never forget.
The Winter Wonderland Illuminations
Another must-see at Drusillas Park during December 2013 is The Winter Wonderland Illuminations. This dazzling light display features an animal-themed light spectacular with a show specially synchronized to holiday music. This festive attraction is one that you will not want to miss while in Sussex this holiday.
Meet the Reindeer
During select days through December, visitors can Meet the Reindeer at the Ashdown Llama Park. Meet the Reindeer herd and learn more about these beautiful animals that help to pull Santa’s sleigh. Visitors can also head down the Children’s Christmas Trail to receive their very own Santa treat.
The Magic Of Christmas
Visit Fishers Farm Park to enjoy the Christmas Grotto. The Magic Of Christmas event features Santa Claus and his elves in a winter wonderland village. Children can even stop into the spectacular elves toy factory to choose a special Christmas gift before it is wrapped and put under the tree for them.
Arundel by Candlelight
On Saturday, December 7th, Sussex visitors can enjoy Arundel by Candlelight. Stop by this traditional Christmas tree in the heart of town square and watch as children take part in the Candlelight Parade while they make their very own lanterns. Santa also makes a stop at the event for children to visit and take pictures with. Other things that you can enjoy during this event include shops decorated with lights and candles, mulled wine, hog roast, and the smell of chestnuts in the air for a true holiday feeling.
On December 1st, be sure to visit the Christmas Market at Worthing Dome. This contemporary craft show features a wide variety of local craft makers, small businesses and independent sellers that are looking to show off their hand-made goods. In addition to shopping throughout the many different tables at the Market, visitors can also enjoy carols being sung, face painting, a Vintage Tea Room and Bar and much more!
Sussex is home to many more Christmas festivities this 2013 season. Other things you may choose to visit include the Best of British Christmas Market, Sail to Santa, the Festive Food and Drink Fayre and Santa Cruises where you can take a 40-minute boat trip along the Wey-Arun canal with gifts provided for children right from Santa and mulled wine available for adult guests aboard the cruise. You never know what you may find this holiday season while in Sussex.
Hotels in Sussex this Christmas
Pride of Britain Hotels has five member hotels in Sussex
Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa
This lovely Elizabethan manor house is itself set in nine acres of gardens, with far-reaching views over the South Downs. The hotel is tucked away down a quiet, winding lane in the unspoiled and charming village of Cuckfield. Ockenden Manor Hotel in West Sussex is perfectly situated for touring the great gardens of Sussex and Kent, from Leonardslee and Nymans to Wakehurst and Sissinghurst. Chartwell and Hever Castle are also within easy reach
Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa
Gothic mullioned windows wink through the trees along the approach to Bailiffscourt. As you walk under gnarled 15th-century beams you can sense the dignity of the Middle Ages. Yet Bailiffscourt is an architectural fantasy, a medieval manor built in the 1930s at immense cost to satisfy a caprice of the late Lord Moyne, from materials dating as far back as the 13th century. Bailiffiscourt Hotel in West Sussex has 39 luxuriously furnished bedrooms, many with four-poster beds, oak beams and log fires. Many bedrooms are located in original thatched cottages.
Ashdown Park Hotel
Set within 186 acres of lakes, secret gardens, manicured lawns, woodland trails and uninterrupted views, Ashdown Park Hotel sits proudly at the heart of Ashdown Forest. Evolving from a 19th century listed mansion house, the hotel provides today’s guests with the perfect setting to relax, unwind and indulge. The sense of grandeur that strikes you on arrival carries through to the palatial lounges and 106 lavishly decorated bedrooms, which overlook the beautiful grounds.
South Lodge Country House Hotel
In the heart of the dramatic Sussex Downs, less than an hour from Central London lies South Lodge Hotel, an inspired and spacious retreat to indulge yourself with fine wine, gourmet food and unbeatable horizons. Built in 1883, South Lodge Hotel is a magnificent, former family country house – the perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy the finer things in life. Each of the 89 bedrooms has been individually designed so no two are the same – all have hand-made mattresses, some have four poster beds and two baths, many have remarkable views and one even has its own open air, bubbling hot tub.
Gravetye Manor Hotel
Gravetye Manor. A Grade 1* listed house built in 1598 and set in 1000 acres of parkland and gardens, famous for being created by William Robinson, arguably one of England’s greatest gardeners. Operating since 1958, it was one of the first country houses to open its doors as a hotel in Britain. Today, it is the epitome of classic country house hospitality. From the refined yet sophisticated interiors, to the warmth and unparalleled service from the staff, to the magic of the gardens, both intimate and abundant.