Victorian Christmas Festival

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Date: 29th Nov 2019 - 1st Dec 2019
Time: 10:00 to 18:00
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Celebrate 20 Years of Magic at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

One of the largest and finest Christmas festivals on the south coast returns to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to mark 20 years of magical festive fun. The much-anticipated Victorian Christmas Festival returns between 29 November and 1 December and will transport you to the late nineteeth-century, transforming the cobbled dockyard into a lively harbour side market full of colourful stalls, familiar characters and hair-raising circus performances.

Across the 20 years the festival has seen performers from far and wide helping to spread the magic of a Victorian Christmas. From Scrooge to Fort Cumberland’s Guard, Sherlock Holmes to Mr Alexander’s traveling show, Queen Victoria to Angels on Segways: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard’s annual Christmas event brings together the strange and the wonderful to kick off the festive season and this year is no different!

Carousels, Dickens characters, Snow, Reindeer, street urchins, stall holders, life-sized snow globes and of course, Father Christmas. The Victorian Christmas Festival has played host to over 2,000 market sellers, sold over 250,000 glasses of mulled wine and seen just shy of half a million visitors bringing people together from all walks of life, across the South of England.

New for 2019

Mark the Festival’s 20th anniversary with us. Browse over 100 stalls under the shadow of HMS Victory for the perfect hand-crafted stocking filler, sip mulled wine and tuck into traditional festive treats in this unique setting. Spread the Christmas cheer and enjoy over 100 performers in costume roaming the dockyard, with a host of beloved characters including Scrooge, Queen Victoria, and even St Nick in traditional green robes.

Wonder at this year’s new additions including an incredible line-up of circus acts to astonish with heart-stopping stunts and performances. Don’t miss sensational new stages including Ring leader Harrington’s Grand Stage, Madam Luella’s dancing girls, Devine’s Side Show, the Jamboree Stage and Festival Place. Kick off Christmas onboard our amazing historic ships and in our museums including the Victorian marvel – HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose museum.

Of course, no Christmas festival would be complete without our visitor from the North Pole. For an additional fee, aspiring elves will be able to visit Father Christmas’ grotto to receive a special festive gift and meet the man himself (additional cost applies).

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