Plans for a new Christmas celebration in Brighton are taking shape - and residents are being invited to share their ideas.

City councillors are working to co-create a new community-led celebration this December after the organisers of last year’s Christmas market pulled out of a contract a year early.

E3 Events cited rising costs, supply chain problems and the effects of Covid as part of the decision not to return this festive season.

Initial plans for this year’s event are understood to be coming together and the council now wants to hear from residents, including artists, craftspeople, food producers and performers.

The site of the new Christmas market has not yet been chosen.

Among the ideas for an event “fun for all the family” being discussed by the council include “brass bands and choirs”.

Lead councillor for culture Alan Robins said: “Our vision is to create an exciting and community focused event, centred around our fantastic local artisans and performers.

“We’re thinking brass bands, choirs, gifts, crafts and fun for all the family. We want to hear from residents from all cultural communities to make this genuinely unique.

“We’d love people to tell us what they’d like the celebration to include, along with suggested sites and locations for activities, and from groups, performers and small local businesses interested in getting involved.”

All suggestions will be reviewed internally with councillors, and a detailed brief will be prepared for a delivery partner to take the project forward, who is set to be appointed by the end of next month.

To share ideas and express an interest in taking part in this year’s Christmas festivities, email by Monday, August 14.