9 Things You Need To Do This December

Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat!
(Or, as it’s Brighton, the jackfruit is ripening on the tree.)

There’s so much happening in December and it’s very possible to go out every night. To save your wallets/livers/sanity, here’s 9 of the best things going down this festive season.

Medallion,  Gluck. 1937.

Medallion, Gluck. 1937.

Gluck: Art and Identity – All month – Brighton Museum

You might spend the month full of mulled wine and piggy goods, but that doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze in some culture. Gluck was a 20th-century artist, famous as a trailblazer in gender fluidity. Her portraits, land and seascapes and floral paintings are included in this definitive career retrospective.

Chris Rea – 10 December – Brighton Centre

We’re in no way suggesting you go to the whole gig, but arrive for the encore, watch ‘Drivin’ Home For Christmas’ and leave with one more thing ticked off your Christmas bucket list.


The Bad Book Project Xmas Special – 14 December – The Blue Man

The Bad Book Project is a monthly event that seeks to celebrate the very best of our discarded writing. Hilarious readers orate passages from terrible books they once wrote, to an audience keen to honour and appreciate words the writer thought would forever stay locked in the attic.

Don’t Break Down: A Film About Jawbreaker in Brighton – 16 December – Komedia

With pop-punk and emo currently enjoying a renaissance, Jawbreaker have risen to be seen as one of the most influential and revered bands around. They have recently reformed but when Don’t Break Down was made, in 2007, they had been split up for 11 years. The film saw them reconnect in the studio for trip down memory lane, interlaced with some emotional performances. This is one-off showing of the film; don’t forget your band t-shirt.


Dave and Myles’ Mega Xmas Quiz – 19 December - 8PM - The Greys

If Xmas-themed rounds, terrible puns and slightly too-drunk hosts are your bag, join PLATF9RM writer David and his friend Myles for a special Xmas quiz at The Greys.


PLATF9RM Presents: Michael Bremner – 64 Degrees Of Britishness – 19 December

Michael is owner of 64 Degrees and a finalist in The Great British Menu. He’s a food doyen in Brighton and coming to talk us through a life spent at the stove. Promises to be a evening of revelations and salivations.

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The Poofs – 17 December – The Haunt

The Poofs is a Brighton Christmas institution and, for many, marks the point when the festive season kicks into overdrive. This comedy band take to the stage and invite a very enthusiastic audience along for an evening of singing, drinking and overexcited yuletide revelry.


Christmas Day swim – 25 December - Just to the right of Palace Pier –

The council might be trying to shut it down but the annual hypothermia near-miss is a Christmas tradition for many Brightonians. These people are all obviously UNFATHOMABLY OUT OF THEIR MINDS, but we love it.


NYE @ Cafe Artista –31 December - Cafe Artista

Cafe Artists is a tiny bar, cafe and general artsy hub on the Hove border. It has shall-we-say unpredictable opening hours, but for NYE they’ve programmed a tech night in their little basement. Pryzm it ain’t and Lord may we celebrate that fact for all of 2018 and beyond.