The shortest day of the year, December 21st, is annually celebrated with Brighton’s ‘Burning of the Clocks’ parade. The event sends spectacular crafted models, lights and music through the heart of Brighton, with help from the community. They travel along the seafront, finally leaving them burning in a large bonfire followed with fireworks – anyone can volunteer to play a part in the event!

Burning of the Clocks began in 1994, started by Same Sky, to celebrate the season regardless of one’s faith. Thousands of people from the public come together to either take part or spectate in the event.

This year, 1,500 participants carried many brilliant structures through the streets; from huge dragons lit with fairy lights to small, delicate lanterns – the evening was filled with noise and spectacular designs. The public fled into the streets to witness the amazing models and music on this once-a-year opportunity.

The parade leaves from New Road at 6:30pm and arrives at Madeira drive at around 7:15pm. The event then concludes at 8pm. The organisers of the event made it clear that “The finale will contain loud music and pyrotechnics” to mark the winter solstice.