Brighton’s favourite family Italian restaurant Donatello has transformed itself into a magical Christmas wonderland, with a new friend – a giant polar bear complete with his very own fairy tale log cabin – taking up residence outside the restaurant until the New Year.

Designed by local children’s design and performance company, Herringbone Arts, and situated on Brighton Place in the beautiful Lanes, the new polar bear and his home will brighten up not only the restaurant for diners but passing Christmas shoppers too.

Donatello childrens party

Donatello children’s party

Visitors are invited to look through the window of the log cabin to look at the artefacts inside and guess which fairy tale characters they belong to. Herringbone Arts has also designed three Donatello window displays, each depicting a different fairy tale for children of all ages to discover.

Donatello Christmas Wonderland was launched 16 November with a party for local children, who were visited by Santa Claus himself as well as Little Red Riding Hood, a balloon modeller, with enchanting storytelling and presents.

Said Sue Addis, from Donatello, “We have had a wonderful time at our special party. We hope that our new friend will bring Christmas spirit to our diners and those who are passing when they’re shopping. He certainly brings out the child in us and we are sure he will for those who come here for their Christmas parties.”

Donatello is now taking Christmas party bookings for groups of between 10 and

Donatello childrens party

Donatello childrens party

150 people. As an added incentive for those who have the unenviable task of booking the work Christmas party, the person making the booking with Donatello will be entered into a prize draw to win a pair of VIP Boxing Day match tickets at Brighton and Hove Albion FC. Parties of over 8 will be eligible for the prize draw.

Donatello’s chefs and restaurant team always aim to provide a magical Christmas experience for diners with their Italian family atmosphere, and you can choose from their delicious, good value Christmas menu at

Call our office on 01273 771190 (Monday–Friday 9am–5pm) to plan your party now.