Month long magical Christmas Festival to launch in Brighton’s Jubilee Square today

Jubilee Square will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland complete with a massive Dream Dome, to provide a fun festival.

Friday, 4th December 2020, 6:00 am

An alpine forest will feature socially distanced ski bubbles and chair lifts.

It is all part of the Christmas Pundemic event which launches on Friday December 4.

It will include an amazing magical snowglobe-esque dome, a pupmas doggy and owner Christmas dinner, festive drag, cabaret, musical bingo and food from 2018’s Masterchef winner.

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To celebrate the launch on Friday 4 a number of local graffiti artists will be arriving to paint two metre high festive murals.

a socially distanced Christmas festival with music and Cabaret in the heart of Brighton. The event has everything from drag, to cabaret, to festive musical bingo, alongside a doggy and owner Christmas dinner and gourmet street food served by a previous Masterchef winner.

This imaginative approach to respond to Covid restrictions has been created to give a little festive cheer in the heart of Brighton. Customers will be able to eat, drink and be merry while enjoying live music and cabaret, complete with drag and burlesque performances.

Organisers Midsummer Nightcap say their aim is to provides the community with a festive solution to break out of those ‘lockdown blues’ - all whilst upholding Covid restrictions, with socially distanced seating in a heated outdoor area.

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From Monday to Thursday, attendees will be able to enjoy culinary treats from Masterchef winner Kenny Tutt, who will be doing a residency throughout December, to serve street-food inspired gourmet delights from his new concept, Tutt’s Food Truck. Tutt focuses on big flavours, with meat and vegetables cooked over fire, alongside speciality toppings and sauces to bring each bite to life.

Tickets to this wintery wonderland include: Entry, complete with rain coverage, tables, heaters and festive decorations, alongside drinks from the Christmas bar with a range of festive tipples; a warm grazing box including local goodies with a gooey baked cheese (vegan Shamembert option available) and freshly baked bread with scrumptious seasonal sides, followed by a mince pie or yule log; entry to an eclectic range of covid-friendly Christmas shows, such as Merry Musical Bingo with an option for a (Fizz the Season’) bottomless brunch, or the special kids’ ‘Noel Problem’ show on selected dates. In the evenings, customers can step inside to the Hooray Cabaret featuring the freshest new acts, with a mix of drag, burlesque and circus - all with a festive twist.

There is also a very special Pupmas event on December 6, including a doggy and owner Christmas dinner with both prosecco and pawsecco for each to enjoy, alongside a festive photoshoot - your Christmas card is sorted this year! Renowned super vet Marc Abraham will also be doing a talk and book signing at the event.

This Covid compliant approach to live festivals has been pioneered by local Brighton resident 28-year-old Francesca Nally. Her company Midsummer Nightcap has already staged two Covid compliant events: Picnic at the Palace at Blenheim and Picnic at the Castle at Warwick.

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“My business was decimated by the Covid pandemic” said Francesca “so a response was necessary and our Covid compliant approach was created. I wanted to put on a series of events that would help support local businesses and uplift the community during a difficult time.”

“We are delighted to be working with Hooray Events on the entertainment, as they will be involving many local artists. We are also thrilled to see that long standing member, Alfie Ordinary, will be one of the highlights, creating a line-up packed with festive fun.”

“Jubilee Square is a great location for us to provide an exciting food and entertainment offering. Our unique winter Dome will provide full protection from the elements, and will house our stage, our segregated tables, heaters and we will provide drinks from the Christmas bar. It will certainly be the most “Wine-derful time of the year”.

There are a number of special packages available, from those who want to celebrate their birthday in style with a personalised party to those who want to make the day memorable with champagne and truffles - check the website for more details.

The festival is running on selected dates from the 4th December to the 31st December.

Tickets and the full line-up of events are available from www.christmaspundemic.co.uk. If for any reason the event can not go ahead due to government guidelines, customers will be refunded their tickets.