Thinking of heading to the coast during your time off this Christmas? If so, Worthing could make a fantastic destination whether you’re travelling solo, with your partner or with a young family in tow. From arts and crafts markets to visiting Santa in the grotto, there’s a jam-packed festive calendar in Worthing this year.
Plus, Worthing Station makes it easy to reach from London or almost anywhere else in the south of England, so what are you waiting for? Read our handy guide below to find out more about celebrating Christmas in Worthing this year.
When do the Worthing Christmas Markets start?
There’s no better way to get into the Christmas spirit than with a market showcasing local arts, crafts, foods and talents, so why not head to the Christmas market in Worthing this year? The town’s main Christmas market on Montague Street will be held on Sunday 18th December 2022, but there will be plenty of smaller fairs and markets to explore too.
What’s the best Christmas event in Worthing?
Since there are several Christmas fairs and markets in Worthing to choose from, it can be tricky to know which one is best for you. However, the Worthing Christmas Craft & Gift Fair is fun for all the family, inviting visitors to meet and greet local crafters – and admire their artworks too.
It’s held at Field Place Manor House and Barns and will run on Sunday 13th November, Sunday 27th November, and Sunday 4th December – with the last edition featuring a Santa’s Grotto for the little ones. Whether you’d prefer to listen to some live music by local singer-songwriter Becca Huggett or enjoy a delicious hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows, this free-of-charge event will run from 10:30am to 3:30pm – and it’s wheelchair accessible too.
When do the Worthing Christmas lights get switched on?
Worthing takes its festive illuminations seriously, so visiting this seaside town could be a great way to welcome Christmas if you love to see a charming street heavily adorned with twinkling lights. If you’ve arrived at Worthing by rail, walking down to the pier will allow you to see the best public and private light displays in the town.
Over £30,000 is invested in lighting up the town for Christmas every year, and magnificent displays will feature on Montague Street and South Street. In 2021, the full display was ready on 17th November, so we should expect the lights to be ready by late November in 2022 too.
After seeing the lights, why not organise your very own Christmas party on Worthing Pier with friends, family or a team of colleagues? Newly refurbished restaurant Perch on the Pier serves delicious food alongside a selection of refreshing beverages in a trendy setting with panoramic coastal views, perfect to help you celebrate any occasion.
The best winter walks from Worthing
After a little bit of festive indulgence, there’s nothing better than getting out in the fresh air and feeling new frost crunch underneath your feet. If you’re planning to stay in Worthing, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to picturesque winter walks on your doorstep.
The South Downs National Park is just a stone’s throw away from the seafront and makes for a perfect rural escape. Enjoy access to stunning National Trust landmarks and heritage sites including the most historic hill on the South Downs: Cissbury Ring.
How to get to Christmas events in Worthing
Looking to travel to the coast but don’t fancy sitting in the holiday traffic? Book train tickets to Worthing today to ensure a smooth and comfortable journey, where you’ll be able to sit back, relax and let us do the driving. Wherever you choose to celebrate Christmas this year, we’re with you.