Christmas Holiday Activities in Sussex

What Christmas holiday activities in Sussex can you find to entertain your children? Of course, before the big day, visits to Father Christmas in Sussex are essential. But what about between Christmas and the New Year, when the presents have been opened, the food has been eaten and the glitter has begun to lose its sparkle?

Hopefully, new toys, books and games will continue to entertain before the return to school. However, Christmas holiday activities and events are still needed to entertain the children, especially if the weather does not oblige with a good fall of snow.

Visit Father Christmas


Father Christmas at Drusilla's
Santa’s Christmas Cottage
Saturday 30th November onwards (weekends only)
Saturday 14th – Monday 23rd December (daily)
The Cottage will be open from 10.30am - 4.30pm (last admission to the Park at 4pm). You will not be able to join the queue after 4pm without a ticket and the queue line will close at 4.30pm - so arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Father Christmas at Spring Barn Farm
Visit Santa in his stable!
Enjoy a story with Santa & his Elf, tell him your Christmas wish list, and receive a gift! Santa will be waiting to meet you in his stable from….

Saturday 14th – Tuesday 24th December

Farm Park admission applies.

Santa visit £3.25 per child

Father Christmas at Tulley's Farm
Complete with sleigh rides and an elves' Christmas workshop, a visit to Father Christmas at Tulley's Farm offers plenty of special treats. We used to take our sons here when they were little, and they loved it!

Ice skating in Sussex


Ice skating at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton
Open from 10am to 10.15pm, with one-hour skate times, the Ice Rink has special offers for families with children so check out their website for details.



Ice skating in Eastbourne
45 minute sessions at Fun Fort Ice Rink cost £5 for 4-15 year olds and £7.50 for 16+ years. Book your session via their website.




Top of this page on Christmas Holiday activities in Sussex













Raymond Briggs, the famous children's author lives near Ditchling; look out for the road sign to Ditchling Beacon when you watch the film of The Snowman.



The sing to DItchling and Ditchling Beacon in the snow



Another delightful children's book by Raymond Briggs is Father Christmas ...
a real favourite with children.



Spot the South Downs and Brighton Pier when the little boy and the snowman fly over them in the book The Snowman by Raymond Briggs.






Wings Place, Ditchling  in snow






Berries in snow