What’s on this December in Hampshire

November 13, 2020

Here at Hampshire’s Top Attractions we always go above and beyond to make the Christmas season festive and joyful for everyone! From delicious afternoon tea to mesmerizing pantomimes, theme parks and country walks, there is something for all the family to do this Christmas. Keep reading to find out what we could have for you!

Please note: events are subject to change due to government guidelines and we would suggest checking information directly with the attractions.

There’s something festive for everyone at the Spinnaker Tower with new events including Breakfast with Santa in the Waterfront Café and Evening Festive Teas as well as the ‘twist on a traditional’ Festive High Tea in The Clouds.  All events must be pre-booked. 

Take a family trip to Fort Nelson to help the staff find the 12 elves that are causing mayhem and fill in the worksheet as you go! A 12 days of Christmas fun trail is also in place at Fort Nelson for families to explore during December. To book tickets head over to their website!

Peppa Pig World will be transforming into a magical winter wonderland once again so a visit to Paultons Park is a must! Peppa and George will be making appearances daily in their adorable winter outfits and you’ll even be able to spot Santa in his sleigh, from the TV series! 

Steam Illuminations is a world-first LED train at the Watercress Line. It’s an incredible light show, consisting of thousands of fully controllable colour mixing LED lights and LED wristbands, which makes the train look magical both inside and out! Tickets must be booked in advance.

The Isle of Wight becomes a haven for reflection, an ideal opportunity to explore this unique UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Walk along the many paths through woodland and nature reserves, enjoy a bike ride on the Red Squirrel Trail, then relax in the warm hospitality at any pub or restaurant.

Christmas at Butser Farm
Christmas at Butser Farm

Join Butser Ancient Farm for magical yule-time fireside events with their Tales of Winter Magic (11th December) and Holly King- Ancient Midwinter Celebration (20th and 22nd December) or join a yule decoration or festive bread-making workshop (dates throughout December) amongst the atmospheric ancient buildings. 

On 16th December, Jane Austen’s House will be hosting a virtual tea party to celebrate Jane Austen’s birthday! Enjoy music, talks and readings by special guests, games, a ‘best bonnet’ competition and more! Regency attire strongly encouraged! The party will take place on Zoom at 8pm (GMT).  

The festive POLAR story continues at Robin Hill this December, with selected evenings of magical Christmas delight (12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd). From beautifully illuminated ancient woodland and immersive walk-throughs to live music, a local market and delicious food, the event promises to provide festive cheer this year. 

Book a family day out in nature this winter at the Hawk Conservancy Trust and watch some of the most spectacular flying displays in the UK. This winter you can even see a beautiful Snowy Owl and majestic Golden Eagle! Plus NEW Top Trumps activity trail for the kids.

Come and join Birdworld throughout December for a great day of fresh air and some festive cheer. You will find Christmas scenes throughout the park and of course all of our amazing animals. 

This Christmas enjoy a festive family walk with a difference at Lepe Country Park, Queen Elizabeth Country Park and Royal Victoria Country Park. Join Thistle and Oak as they try to find the missing presents. Find the panels among the trees to solve the clues and save Christmas!

Don’t get caught snoozing this festive season, and grab your tickets for this year’s unmissable, socially distanced pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, created especially for Christmas 2020 at the Mayflower Theatre! This riotously funny, one-act celebration of pantomime, packed full of comedy and laughter allows audience members the opportunity to come safely together and enjoy the magic of the much-loved and unique art form this festive season.

Christmas isn’t cancelled at Riverside Bowl! Choose your five favourite friends, and enjoy the ‘SIX-MAS’ package. Included: Up to 3 hours of Unlimited Bowling, with a FREE DRINK of your choice from their large selection of alcoholic and soft drinks. The ‘SIX-MAS’ package is available to book online or over the phone with a member of the team. Give them a call on 01264 568192.

If you love panto, then you will love Four Dames in Search of a Panto at Theatre Royal Winchester. This panto-styled show includes all the panto favourites, some familiar faces to Winchester audiences, hilarious gags (plus some very corny ones too!), original songs and lots, lots more – guaranteed to bring Christmas cheer to everyone this year. 

Read about the ‘Top things to do this Christmas in Hampshire’ for all the festive fun. 

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