What’s On in December

With Christmas fast approaching, there are all sorts of events and activities for the family to enjoy with many taking you right up to Christmas itself. Along with the many Christmas markets in the area, there’s plenty to keep everyone in the festive spirit. 

Father Christmas

Take the children to see Father Christmas!
Take the children to see Father Christmas!

Father Christmas is very busy in the run up to Christmas but there are plenty of opportunities to take the children to visit him. 

The Elf Society at The Garden Society
Calling all Elf Recruits new and old! Santa’s workshop is back at The Garden Society in Eastleigh. Join the Elves on another mission, inventing, creating and preparing your favourite toys ready for another busy Christmas delivery. Elf Ginger warmly welcomes you into her kitchen where you will help decorate and take home every Elf’s most loved treat – Gingerbread! Explore work stations, toy creations and discover what wonders await within this magical workshop before you meet Santa himself! Find out more…
Until 24th December

A Celebration of Christmas at Paultons Park
Father Christmas will be the star of the show at Paultons Park this December with plenty of seasonal singing, dancing, and fun in Santa’s Christmas Wish Show! Also featuring Billy and Belinda the elves, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph the Reindeer. You can also book a meet and greet with Santa as an add-on experience. Find out more…
Selected dates from 3rd to 23rd December 2022

Santa Experience at the Spinnaker Tower
Join Santa’s mischievous elves for fun and games at the Spinnaker Tower. Write a letter to Santa, meet the man himself, receive a special gift, and enjoy the incredible views from Spinnaker Tower in this uplifting Christmas experience. Find out more…
Selected dates from 3rd to 24th December 2022

Christmas Canoe Paddle with Father Christmas
Enjoy this rather different Santa experience with a festive paddle in a canoe along the Beaulieu River to find Santa. The 90-minute guided tour will take adventurers along the stunning wintertime river, culminating in a fun meeting with Father Christmas who will give all the children a gift for their paddling efforts, with hot chocolate and mince pies to keep everyone toasty. Find out more…
Selected dates from 10th to 23rd December 2022

Other Festive Events

Christmas on HMS Warrior
Enjoy the beautiful festive lights and decorations this Christmas on HMS Warrior Jetty and the Gun Deck. See the largest warship of Queen Victoria’s fleet decked out for the festive season and marvel at the illuminated Christmas tree as it stretches into the night sky! Find out more…
Until 4th January 2023

A Winter Wander with The Snowman™ and The Snowdog at Hampshire’s Country Parks
Join The Snowman™ and The Snowdog on a festive winter wander around some of Hampshire’s most spectacular country parks. Make your way around Lepe Country Park, Royal Victoria Country Park or Queen Elizabeth Country Park, completing themed activities as you go. Inspired by the hit sequel to Raymond Briggs’ much-loved classic, this wintry adventure is suitable for children aged 3 and upwards. There’ll even be free showings of the film onsite for trail customers to enjoy. Find out more…
Until 2nd January 2023

Christmas Lights
Enjoy seeing Christmas Lights

Enlightened Winter Light Trail at Staunton Farm
Staunton Farm will be transformed into a magical and spectacular illuminated light trail for visitors to enjoy with mesmerising light installations. Find out more…
Until 1st January 2023

Christmas at the Bombay Sapphire Distillery
A fabulous gin experience with a complimentary arrival cocktail, you’ll be hosted by one of the Gin Experts in a fun and lively Christmas cocktail mixology session to make 3 cocktails using different gins as well as sampling their range. Includes light snacks and mince pies. Find out more…
2nd, 9th, 17th & 22nd December

Cosmic Christmas at Winchester Science Centre
Join Santa in the skies in a cosmic adventure at Winchester Science Centre. During a 45-minute show in the planetarium, you can follow Santa in space to help him on his Christmas Eve mission to deliver presents to the astronauts at the International Space Station. Find out more…
3rd to 24th December 2022

Theatre & Pantos

An evening at the theatre
Enjoy an evening at the theatre

The Wizard of Oz at The Theatre Royal, Winchester
Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Theatre Royal Winchester this Christmas, for a panto style production of The Wizard of Oz. Find out more…
3rd December to 2nd January 2023

Robin Hood at The Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth
Deep in the heart of his foreboding castle, the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham is taxing the poor to pile up his gold, whilst imprisoning brave Maid Marion. But the most heroic outlaw of them all, Robin Hood, is determined to save Maid Marion and win her hand whilst outwitting the villain’s plans. Will Robin save the day? Find out more…
8th to 31st December

Dear Santa Live, Minerva Theatre, Chichester
Santa is determined to deliver the most fantastic Christmas present to Sarah, but he doesn’t get it right straight away! With the help of his cheeky Elf, he finally settles on something ‘perfect’, just in time for Christmas Eve. Find out more…
10th to 24th December

Also at Chichester Festival Theatre:
Christmas Concerts: 5th to 10th December
The Wind in the Willows: 17th to 31st December

Cathedral Events & Carols

Winchester Cathedral
Winchester Cathedral

‘Star of Wonder’ – Sound and light show by Luxmuralis at Winchester Cathedral
The award winning artistic collaboration known as ‘Luxmuralis’ are back with spectacular Christmas illuminations inside Winchester Cathedral. Transforming Winchester Cathedral’s interior with stunning sound and light artwork, Luxmuralis has created an uplifting journey for visitors to experience. Projections with bespoke music transform the historical architecture. It promises to be a stunning experience for the whole family and the perfect start to the Christmas season. Find out more…
13th to 18th December

Winchester Cathedral Carol Services are on 19th, 20th & 22nd December

Christmas Fair at Portsmouth Cathedral
With children’s entertainment, traditional stalls, homemade lunches, delicious cakes, mulled wine, plus much more! Plus visit Santa’s Grotto and take home a small gift ahead of Christmas Day. Find out more…
10th December

Carols on the Green outside Portsmouth Cathedral – 10th December
Portsmouth Cathedral Carol Services are on 21st, 22nd & 23rd December

You can find out more about the local Christmas markets here.


Image Credits:
Featured image by D A V I D S O N L U N A on Unsplash
Father Christmas by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash
Christmas Lights by Steven Van Elk on Unsplash
Winchester Cathedral by Nick Fewings on Unsplash