Are you ready for a luminous journey through Hampshire’s winter wonderland? Discover the most dazzling light shows and enchanting Christmas markets with Hampshire’s Top Attractions blog. Immerse yourself in the festive glow as we bring to you a collection of sparkling spectacles and magical markets that will ignite the festive spirit! Keep reading to discover the best Light Shows and Christmas Markets to visit in Hampshire this December!
Mesmerising Light Shows
Light Up Sir Harold Hillier Gardens promises to be a unique and enchanting illuminated light trail. The after-dark, festive light trail will showcase the Gardens, transforming them into an awe-inspiring, kaleidoscopic world of light and sound for the whole family. Off-peak discounts are available. Booking is essential.
Steam Illuminations returns to The Watercress Line. Experience an incredible light show on and in a steam train, consisting of thousands of coloured lights and LED wristbands, creating a kaleidoscope of different colours and flashing patterns. New for 2023 ‘Canopy of Lights’ a sound-to-light show inside every carriage.
Join Marwell Zoo for their enchanting light experience, Glow Marwell this winter! Follow the trail and enjoy light displays. Venture through a 36-metre light tunnel, gather around fire pits for marshmallow toasting and take an Insta-worthy snap with the UK’S first glowing seesaws! Plus, on premium nights see 2 Glow acts!
Visit Staunton Farm between 8 – 24 December and immerse yourself in an illuminated world. Enlightened is a magical light up trail with inspiring installations and enchanting soundscapes that combine to create an extraordinary experience for all the family. Book your tickets now so you don’t miss out.
Start 2024 with a sparkle at the Hawk Conservancy Trust’s popular Winter Woodland Lights! (main image) Discover a brand new self-led illuminated trail, bringing the grounds to life like never before, before watching their beautiful owls take flight against a colourful, dazzling woodland.
Escape the crowds and head to Cowes High Street for your late-night Christmas shopping on 16 November & 7 December. Discover unique gifts from independent retailers and stock up on delicious local produce for your own festive feast. Sail straight into the heart of Cowes on Red Funnel’s Red Jet for just £12.30pp return!
Find beautiful gifts and support conservation by heading to the Hawk Conservancy Trust’s Christmas Market! Delight in locally-produced, hand-crafted presents for you and your loved ones from over 60 stall holders. Whilst you peruse, enjoy a tipple of mulled wine, a tasty mince pie or treat from the barbeque!
Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best in Europe. Taking place this year from 17th November to 21st December, the festive market is renowned for its bustling atmosphere, stunning location, and handpicked high-quality exhibitors.
At White’s Christmas Craft Fair there will be Christmas concerts, locally homemade gifts, mulled wine and mince pies, and Wassailing all at Gilbert White’s House & Gardens on December 2nd! The historic house will also be festively decorated. Entry is only £4 and under 5’s go free!
Join Milestones at their annual Christmas market! The perfect opportunity to do your Christmas shopping – and find that something a little bit different. Browse seasonal gifts and treats at independent stalls throughout the museum. Be sure to visit the award-winning Milestones shop, too, for all your Christmas gift needs!
On 9th & 10th December, join Exbury Gardens for crafts, gifts, music, carol singing, festive food and drink and so much more. Check out other events too including Festive Express, Visit Santa, Christmas Trail and Donkey Rides!
The Brickworks Museum is holding their annual Christmas Festival on November 26th. See the Museum glittering with fairy lights and make a start on your Christmas shopping at the craft market. For an extra special treat, pre-book your ticket to meet Father Christmas.
Southampton’s traditional Christmas Market takes place from 16th November to 2nd January. With over 30 independent stallholders offering a range of hand-made, authentic gifts including candles, clothing and jewellery as well as handcrafted Christmas decorations. Plus light projection, the UK’s tallest Ferris wheels and family rides.
16th November – 30th December visit the Portsmouth Christmas Market for festive treats such as German sausages and glühwein, Christmas stockings and tree decorations. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays the market offers even more including fresh produce, gift ideas, clothing and seasonal products.
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