Looking for some date ideas with a difference this winter?

We’ve got you covered. From ice skating to Christmas cocktails, here are our top 10 festive date night ideas to enjoy together:

1) Skip the traditional Christmas pantomime at Brighton Dome

Brighton Dome Race Horse Company

This year Brighton Dome’s Super Sunday show offers audiences an alternative to the typical Christmas Pantomime this festive season. Prepare for daredevil stunts, human catapults, wheels of death and dark humour by Finnish Circus troupe, Race Horse Company.

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2) See a Christmas film at the Duke’s at Komedia, Picturehouse cinema

Dukes at Komedia cinema

Whether you’re Die Hard fans (don’t worry we won’t get into the classic, “is it really a Christmas film?” debate), Elf fans, or classic, It’s a Wonderful Life fans. Cosy up in a loveseat sofa and enjoy a retro cinema experience at the Duke’s at Komedia cinema together.

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3) Indulge with a hot chocolate at Black Mocha

Black Mocha Hot Chocolate

If you’re looking for the perfect spot to indulge in a decadent hot treat on a cold winter’s day, then this place is it! Dubbed Brighton’s Best Hot chocolate, Black Mocha have flavours to suit every type of chocolate lover including 70% Dark, 40% Milk and White chocolate. All of which can be topped with cream, marshmallows and honeycomb. Mmmm.

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4) Wakehurst Glow Wild Lantern festival

Wakhurst Glow Wild Lantern Festival

Okay, so it’s not quite in Brighton, but luminous lanterns, soundscapes and mesmerising light projections make for a spellbinding date night at Wakehurst Botanical Gardens. Whilst you’re there, be sure to visit the tallest living Christmas tree in the UK, wrapped in 1,800 glittering lights. It makes for a great selfie spot!

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5) Go skating at The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink

Royal Pavilion Ice Rink

Our beloved ice rink has returned to the city for another festive season and there isn’t a more romantic setting to go ice skating than this! Or, if skating isn’t your thing, cosy up in the warmth of their rink side bar and enjoy a mulled wine or two.

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6) Enjoy a Christmas cocktail at 450ft

Christmas Date nights

If you’re looking for a great spot to have a festive tipple, why not enjoy a drink at the Sky Bar in our giant Snow Globe this Christmas?  Try our new Santa’s Sussex 75 cocktail, a deliciously Christmassy cocktail made with locally sourced ingredients and a touch of sparkle.

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7)  Trip to Horsham Christmas market

Horsham Christmas Markets

Again, it’s not quite in Brighton, but Horsham hosts a fantastic festive market on Saturdays and Sundays – so we had to squeeze this one in.  Pop along for a variety of seasonal music, entertainment, delicious festive treats and some beautiful handmade gifts.

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8) Make a Christmas Wreath together  

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop Gunns Florists


What better way to get in the festive spirit than making your own Christmas Wreath? Whether you share a front door or not, add a touch of homemade charm to your Christmas together with a Christmas Wreath making workshop and there are plenty to choose from around the city:

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9) Play a round of Christmas mini golf

Globalls Christmas Golf

Perfect for couples with a competitive streak. Challenge each other to a spot of glow-in-the-dark crazy golf at Globalls. So, if you’re looking for a date night with a difference – this is definitely it!

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10) Visit Brighton Marina  

Brighton Marina Magical Wonderland


From Carols to Magical Wonderlands decked in snow, onstage performances, to food and drink market stalls. This Christmas, Brighton Marina transports you into a world of fantasy with something different happening every day.

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