Charity Christmas tree lighting event to be hosted by Brighton seafront attractions

Brighton’s iconic seafront is set to glow brighter than ever this year as local businesses join forces for the first time on 25th November at 1pm for a festive Christmas light switch-on event in support of The Starr Trust charity.

A huge 26-foot Nordic Fern tree will be the focus, and locals and visitors alike can enjoy joyful tunes from the singing group Rhapsody and meet Santa and his elves from Brighton i360. Among the local businesses lending their support are Sixes, the Arches and the Sea Horse.

Simon Haffenden, head of operations at Brighton i360, said: “We are delighted to collaborate with our seafront partners and The Starr Trust to co-host the Christmas light switch-on event this year, which is always such a fantastic celebration for everyone involved. We hope that the tree will become a focal point for the seafront over the festive period.”  

The Starr Trust removes roadblocks for disadvantaged young people aged between 10-25 years to help them succeed and thrive in whatever they put their minds to. They do this by supporting individuals and groups with financial grants, sharing connections and encouraging success.

Tracey Starr, fundraising manager at the Starr Trust, said: “The Starr Trust is thrilled that the Brighton seafront businesses have chosen to support our charity with their inaugural ‘Tree by the Sea’ festivities.

“It will be wonderful to see the tree lit up and the local community enjoying the Christmas period at our much-loved seafront attractions.

“We hope the event will encourage people to find out more about The Starr Trust and how we support disadvantaged young people in our community to succeed and thrive in whatever they put their minds to.”

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