Hampshire attractions have so much going on this December, it’s more jam-packed than a stocking on Christmas morning! It’s not only festive-fun though, you’ll find plenty on offer if you need a break from Christmas mayhem. Let’s take a look at what’s on this December in Hampshire…
Visit Paultons Park this December and discover Peppa Pig World at Christmas! Peppa Pig and George will be wrapping up in their winter outfits, giant Christmas trees will appear alongside Santa in his sleigh from the TV series! Pre-book today.
Crisp winter sunshine and the sound of peaceful flowing water… wrap up warm and enjoy a winter wander at the historic village of Bucklers’ Hard. Discover the story of this 18th century shipbuilding village in the Maritime Museum, then treat yourself to a steaming hot chocolate in the Captain’s Cabin Tea Rooms.
Experience the true joy of Christmas at Winchester Cathedral! Explore one of Europe’s best Christmas Markets, open until 22 December, before skating around the spectacular Ice Rink, open until 5 January. Don’t forget to visit the Cathedral, with its magnificent Christmas tree and festive carol services throughout December.
Join Butser Ancient Farm for ‘Tales of Winter Magic’, a festive early evening of Winter Solstice storytelling and music, plus a performance from the Prize Old Mummers. Gather around a roaring fire while you soak up the atmosphere of the ancient Roundhouse, the good company and the anticipation of the story. (Friday 13th December 7 – 9.30pm Adult £15/ child £8/ Family (2 adults and 2 children) £40)
Marwell Zoo is the perfect place to enjoy the crisp fresh air this December. Not only are there hundreds of incredible animals to see, all mad hatters are welcome to take part in the new Cheshire Cat Trail where guests can find 12 curious giant baubles around the park!
Christmas comes to Manor Farm with a range of festive fun available throughout December. Every weekend there will be an Elf training school, the 12 Days of Christmas trail and plenty of Christmas crafts. Father Christmas will also be visiting on the 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd. Normal farm admission prices apply.
Be transported to Father Christmas’s grotto at Royal Victoria Country Park this December. During the weekends of the 14th and 21st, experience a story in a Christmas-themed setting before receiving a gift from the man himself. Children cost £12 each for a 45-minute session.
Paddling? During Winter? We say yes! You may need to wrap up warm and toasty, but the Beaulieu River transforms during the chillier months. Head out an explore it on a Winter Paddle with New Forest Activities. You can choose from Canadian canoes or stable touring kayaks for your paddle; see the sights and discover the seasonal wildlife that calls the river home. Great for all ages from 18+ months, all equipment provided. See their website for upcoming dates.
A session full of festivities awaits at Queen Elizabeth Country Park. Christmas at the Park sees two-hours jammed pack with decoration making, a woodland trail and a visit to Father Christmas’s grotto! Activities are outdoors so wrap up warm! Booking is essential. Tickets cost £15.50 per child; adults go free.
Riverside Bowl are hosting an amazing and unique Santa Bowl and Glow Event this Christmas! Dressing as Santa whilst enjoying a game of bowling or a round of glo-golf will definitely get you in the Christmas Spirit. Book online now.
At Lepe Country Park create your own beautiful wreath using materials found around the park with sessions running from 10th – 12th December. Then on the 15th, take part in the Christmas jumper run which you can run, walk or even bring your dog to. Booking essential for both activities.
Magical Festive Experiences
Experience the most magical time of the year with extraordinary views of the South Coast and irresistible treats in the serene surroundings of The Clouds Café at Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Festive High Tea Experience includes general admission to the Tower and time to explore at your leisure.
Christmas Leave on the 26 – 27 December at the Watercress Line. Go along and join civilian and military re-enactors to experience the atmosphere of a 1940’s Christmas on the railway. Their period stations will host song, dance, steam and seasonal merriment. Dress up in your own period costume, or just soak up the atmosphere with your family and friends after Christmas.
Visit Milestones during December as the museum is exquisitely decorated for a Victorian Christmas. Enjoy the indoor market, meet Santa and his reindeer or watch A Christmas Carol. Come between Christmas and New Year for special offers, street magic, children’s trail and more, see website for full details.
Mayflower Theatre has some festive performances. Nativity! The Musical, 3 – 7 December. Feel-good, funny and full of joy, this cracker of a musical was adapted for the stage by Debbie Isitt, the creator of the much-loved films starring Dani Dyer. The Night Before Christmas, 20 December. Great for families with children aged 3-7, this festive play tells the story of a little mouse called Eddie who sets off in search of Father Christmas and finds a few surprises along the way.
23 November – 5 January: magical woodlands await at Mottisfont this Christmas, with decorations and activities inspired by Cicely Mary Barker’s Winter Flower Fairies. The original illustrations are on show in the gallery, while the house and gardens are dressed with winter foliage, festive colours, and a sprinkling of fairy magic.
Roll up, roll up, a New Years Eve party as you have never seen before is coming to town at Portsmouth Guildhall and tickets are on sale now. Prepare to be astonished, expect to be amazed and see in the New Year in style at the Guildhall’s new Cirque Du Guildhall themed celebrations for an evening full of magical surprises.
Receive a letter from Father Christmas in the post before visiting Christmas on the Farm at Staunton Country Park. The elf-led activities include tree decoration, biscuit decoration, a story with hot chocolate and of course a chance to meet Father Christmas himself. Tickets are £15.95 per child, booking is essential.
CinderELLA: A New Musical and fairytale extravaganza for the whole family. Join Cinders and Ella in the midnight ballroom from 23 Nov – 5 Jan at NST City. Book today. Tickets from only £10.
Wondering what A Christmas Carol would be like in 2019? The Chapel at Royal Victoria Country Park is hosting eight showings of the famous Dickens story from 20th to 24th December. The production blends live theatre with digital technology to create an immersive experience. Tickets cost £8.50 for adults and £5.50 for under-12s.
Have a break from Christmas mayhem!
This month’s Fort Talk at Fort Nelson, on Wednesday 11 December, is all about the history of Shoreham Fort. Built in 1857, this coastal defence is now the last of its kind. Local historian Gary Baines’ talk will start at 7.30pm, tickets cost £5, include light refreshments and can be booked online.
Get away from the Christmas crowds on the high street and take a trip back to the world of Henry VIII’s England at The Mary Rose in Portsmouth. Explore the stories of the men who served on by seeing, holding and even smelling objects from 500 years ago!
Grab some TreeTime this winter at Moors Valley Go Ape. Open every weekend and the Christmas Holidays. The Secrets Out: officially opening February Half Term 2020, Moors Valley’s Brand New Nets Adventure is now available to book Winter Weekends, alongside TreeTop Challenge and TreeTop Adventure / Adventure +. Booking Recommended.