What’s On: December 2019

With Christmas rapidly approaching, most people’s minds are now on shopping for the big day. There are plenty of shopping opportunities around Hampshire at the fantastic Christmas markets, and you can find more details about the markets here. Alongside the markets are ice rinks in Winchester, Southampton and Portsmouth all open into the new year.

If you’re looking for some festive days out that don’t involve shopping, there are many Christmas themed events at some of the beautiful houses in the area, plus some festive events for children.

Ice rink at Winchester

Hinton Ampner
Christmas House tickets
Throughout December you can visit the house which has been beautifully decorated for Christmas and rediscover the classic tales of Aesop’s Fables. Tickets need to be bought in advance.

Also at Hinton Ampner are Christmas Chamber Choir Carols on 9 December and a New Year’s Day walk.
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Mottisfont also has some Christmas themed events, with festive decorations and a family trail inspired by the Winter Flower Fairy illustrations on display in the gallery.
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Dino Discovery with the World of Dinosaur Roar! Christmas Experience at Winchester Science Centre
Visit the Winchester Science Centre for a Dino themed science show, Dinosaur Roar! Activities, Fossil Forensics plus Santa’s Science Grotto.
On at weekends throughout December as well as every day during the school holidays (except Christmas Day & Boxing Day)
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Tower Toymaker’s Workshop at Emirates Spinnaker Tower
Join Santa’s elves in the Tower’s workshop as they make the finishing touches to their latest batch of cuddly toys. Each child will name their cuddly toy, fill it with stuffing and place a magic charm inside before carefully sealing it up. Once their toy is finished, no trip to Santa’s workshop is complete without a visit to see Father Christmas in his grotto!
Advance booking required
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Christmas tree at Winchester Cathedral

For more ideas, don’t forget to check out the latest updates on Visit Hampshire, Visit Winchester, Visit Portsmouth and Visit Chichester.

Christmas Bauble Photo by Chad Madden on Unsplash