What’s On in December

With everything from Christmas markets to Carol services, Christmassy events including house tours, lights and plenty more, there’s something for everyone. Make the most of your stay with us and enjoy the warm bubbly hot tub and your daily swim slot. Take a brisk walk and enjoy a pub lunch by the fireside ☺️🎄 

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market
Renowned for its bustling atmosphere, stunning location and handpicked high quality exhibitors. The market attracts visitors from around the world each year who come to shop at the pretty wooden chalets, situated within the historic grounds. Find out more…
Until 21st December

A Christmas Journey to the North Pole at Mottisfont
Follow letters to Father Christmas on a magical journey to the North Pole, from children dreaming in decorated bedrooms to a polar bear’s ball, and experience the wonder of the northern lights. Find out more…
Until 7th January

Christmas Tower Toymaker’s Workshop at Spinnaker Tower
Join Santa’s elves in the Tower’s workshop as they make the finishing touches to their latest batch of toys. Each child will name their cuddly toy, fill it with stuffing and place a magic charm inside before carefully sealing it up. Then visit Santa in his grotto! Find out more…
1st to 24th December

A Christmas Ship at The Mary Rose
Meet the Tudor Christmas Court, be wowed by the costumes of Lords and Ladies, listen to merry music with a Tudor musician, dance with some courtly dancing lessons and be dazzled and amazed by the hilarious Court Jester. Find out more…
2nd & 3rd December
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Merry Vintage Christmas onboard HMS Warrior
Discover something truly unique at the Merry Vintage Christmas party onboard HMS Warrior. Enjoy an evening of history and nautical elegance for a glamorous festive evening which includes cocktails, a jazz band and 3 course meal. Find out more…
8th December

Christmas decorations
Admire the decorations over the festivities

Festive Fun at Beaulieu
See the stunning decorations at Palace House with a pianist and carols to get you in the festive mood. Catch Father Christmas driving around in one of the museum’s cars and enjoy the return of the outdoor theatre in the Abbey Cloister with special performances of A Christmas Carol. Find out more…
2nd & 3rd December

White’s Christmas Craft Fair at Gilbert White’s House & Gardens
Find gorgeous gifts for your loved ones with a range of stalls at the stunning 16th Century barn selling beautifully handcrafted items. The house will be decked with boughs of holly and Yuletide performances will be given along with mulled wine and mince pies. Find out more…
2nd December

Love Southsea Market
This local market has a wonderful shopping buzz with street food traders alongside talented creatives with gifts, homewares, jewellery and more to choose from. Find out more…
2-3 December, 9-10 December, 16-17 December

Christmas Cocktail Masterclass at The Bombay Sapphire Distillery
Learn how to make two gin cocktails and sample three different expressions of the gins. Enjoy light bites to eat throughout the class before you make your way to the Mill Bar where you’ll be served your final cocktail with a mince pie. Find out more…
6th, 16th, 21st & 22nd December

Midwinter’s Magical Quest at Butser Ancient Farm
Meet the Holly King and Deer Queen in this alternative Christmas adventure! Embark upon “Midwinter’s Magical Quest” and immerse yourself in the enchanting world of ancient traditions brought to life! Join in and celebrate winter traditions from long ago. Find out more…
2-3 December, 9-10 December, 16-18 December

Enjoy some mulled wine at a Christmas market
Try some warming mulled wine when visiting a Christmas market

Staggeringly Good Christmas Market, Portsmouth
Join Staggeringly Good for its epic annual Christmas market. This family-friendly event will be bursting with independent traders including artists, crafts and music, plus foodie and boozy offerings! Find out more…
2nd & 3rd December

Puss in Boots Panto at Groundlings Theatre
This Christmas you are invited to Bumpy Village to join Groundlings Theatre for a magical adventure and holiday season you will never forget. Bumpy village is in turmoil and its local residents, known as Bumpkins aren’t sure what to do. Find out more…
7th to 31st December

Aladdin at the New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
Widow Twankey wants a husband, evil Abanazaar wants the magic lamp, Aladdin wants adventure, and Wishee Washee wants some Spiderman pants! Can the Genie grant their wishes? Don’t miss this fabulous family treat that promises to be a stunning pantomime guaranteed to make all your wishes come true! Find out more…
8th to 31st December

Christmas Fair, Portsmouth Cathedral
There will be a host of traditional festive fun; visit Santa in his magical grotto, indulge in delicious homemade food, find special Christmas decorations plus children’s entertainment. Find out more…
9th December

Petersfield Christmas Festival
The Saturday evening starts the event with festive cheer. Mulled wine will be flowing along with Christmas music live on stage in The Square. The Sunday market includes over 100 stalls for gift ideas plus entertainment and fun rides for children. Find out more…
9th & 10th December

Christmas Canoe Paddle with New Forest Activities
Join New Forest Activities for a festive paddle on the Beaulieu River to find Santa this Christmas. Enjoy a 90 minute guided tour of the river’s beautiful nature reserve, with the river offering up some of its more stunning sights on a fresh Winter’s day. Find out more…
9th to 23rd December

Meet Father Christmas at Tudor House, Southampton
Discover the magic of a Tudor House Christmas. Enjoy a festive visit to Father Christmas in beautiful surroundings, complete with a traditional gift and craft activity where you can make a decoration to take home. Enjoy the Christmas Tudor House Mouse trail while you’re there! Find out more…
9th, 10th, 16th, 17th & 18th December

Meet Father Christmas!
Meeting Father Christmas!

Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas at The Berry Theatre, Hedge End
Bloomin’ snow! Bloomin’ reindeer! Bloomin’ Christmas! Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Raymond Briggs’ joyful (and at times a bit grumpy!) Father Christmas. Find out more…
9th to 31st December

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be spectacularly brought to life with an abundance of comedy, sensational song and dance, fabulous costumes and stunning scenery. Find out more…
9th to 31st December

Children’s Christmas Special at The Brickworks Museum
This sweetest event of the year is dedicated to everyone who truly believes in magic! Father Christmas will be taking a day out from his very busy December schedule and coming to the Brickworks to hand out gifts to his smallest fans. Find out more…
10th December

Christmas Concert: A Festival of Choirs at Winchester Cathedral
Let the wonderful choirs of Winchester Cathedral entertain you with an evening of glorious Christmas music, including traditional favourites, exciting new pieces and much-loved audience carols. Find out more…
15th December

Enjoy a Christmas Carol concert
Enjoy a Christmas Carol concert

Celebrate a Victorian Christmas at Fort Nelson
Step back in time to the Victorian era and join the Fort Nelson garrison community as they get ready for Christmas. The museum’s galleries will come to life with a cast of costumed characters preparing for the festive season at this free event. Find out more…
16th & 17th December

The Jungle Book, Chichester Festival Theatre
This Christmas experience Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book like never before, as the adaptation spins into exciting, pulsating life, featuring original songs written especially for Chichester Festival Youth Theatre. Find out more…
16th to 31st December
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The Three Billy Goats Gruff at the Minerva Theatre
Baby, Middle and Big are three very hungry goats, and there is absolutely no grass left to eat on their side of the valley. Come on their adventure as they hatch a plan to cross the bridge to the lush green grass on the other side. Find out more…
14th December to 7th January

Christmas Holiday Activities at the Weald & Downland Living Museum
Why not enjoy the great outdoors and take part in some Christmas holiday activities at the Museum, including festive craft activities around the site. Find out more…
19th to 21st December

Christmas Carol Services at Portsmouth Cathedral
Portsmouth Cathedral hosts a series of traditional services set amidst beautiful candlelit surroundings, with readings and carols sung by the Cathedral Choir. Find out more…
21st to 23rd December

The Cathedral Carol Service, Chichester Cathedral
All are welcome to the Cathedral Carol Service, a celebration of Christmas in a service of lessons, congregational carols and music sung by the Cathedral Choir. Find out more…
19th to 22nd December

Christmas Market Roundup

Toy stall at a Christmas market
Buy hand-made toys for the children to treasure

Southampton Christmas Market
Visit Southampton Christmas Market and enjoy a wide range of tasty treats and live entertainment. There will also be children’s rides, including a traditional horse carousel, festive bars stocked with hot chocolate and mulled cider, and gifts from a selection of vendors. Find out more…
Until 2nd January 2024

Portsmouth Christmas Market
Look no further for your Christmas shopping or simply a way to get into the festive spirit, with treats on offer including German sausages and glühwein, Christmas stockings and tree decorations. Find out more…
Until 30th December

Chichester Christmas Cheer Market
The market will transform Chichester into a Christmas wonderland where you can enjoy festive food and drinks while celebrating local producers and artisans. Street entertainment will add to the joyful atmosphere within the city walls. Find out more…
9th, 10th, 16th & 17th December

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Portsmouth Ice Rink at Guildhall Square
Get your skates on this festive season and take to the ice as Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square is transformed into a winter wonderland. Find out more…
Until 7th January 2024

Image Credits:
Father Christmas by Mike Arney on Unsplash
Christmas Tree by Jonathan Chng on Unsplash
Mulled Wine by by Ed Hinchliffe on Unsplash
Christmas Carols by David Beale on Unsplash