Can you hear the sleigh bells? Santa is on his way to Hampshire’s Top Attractions for the festive season and you’ll have to be quick if you want to catch him at the attractions! There are lots of fun events and family-friendly days out planned perfect to get into the festive spirit. Take the kids for a day out to meet Santa himself! To find out where to see Father Christmas in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in 2021, keep reading!
New Forest Activities ‘Christmas Canoe Paddle‘ is the perfect way to say hello to Santa in a unique setting. You’ll embark in a stable canoe along the Beaulieu River, and every child receives a present from Saint Nick. They’ll also be tasty hot chocolate to keep everyone warm!
Enjoy the sights, sounds, and science of Christmas past…way past. Between 21st November and 16th January, enjoy a roar-some festive season at Winchester Science Centre’s Science Dino-mite. Experience a Jurassic adventure filled with dino digs, fossil festival, dino-mite science demos, and shows, plus a special guest appearance from Santa Claus himself.
It’s the most magical time of the year! Visit Paultons Park as it is transformed into a winter wonderland with decorations and illuminations at every turn. Santa will be appearing daily on the show stage to read stories to guests and to star in his Magical Christmas Wish Show!
Meet Father Christmas in his magical Milestones grotto! Go along to their festive grotto deep in the heart of Milestones to receive a Christmas gift. Up to four children can visit Father Christmas at the same time. This is a very popular event, please book early to avoid disappointment!
Santa returns to the Spinnaker Tower this Christmas bringing festive fun with his elves. You can enjoy a continental style breakfast, take a photo or even have a chat with Santa and the best is that all children will receive a gift from Santa.
Father Christmas always visits his favourite holiday island at this special time of year, touching down at Havenstreet to exchange his reindeer and sleigh for a beautiful Victorian train carriage at the award-winning Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Each child will receive a special gift and a steam train ride through the magical Island countryside.
Get closer to the wonders of the natural world and see endangered animals along the way with a magical visit to Marwell Zoo. Father Christmas will be at festive scenes around the park ready to say hello and receive your letters during select dates in December!
The magic returns to Robin Hill on the Isle of Wight this Christmas. Follow the story of POLAR on selected evenings of magical delight between 4th – 23rd December. With beautifully illuminated ancient woodland, stunning festive displays, delicious food, Pippa the polar bear, and a few special guests from sister park, Blackgang Chine.
Join Father Christmas and his friends in the festival musical interactive adventure – Santa’s Best Ever Christmas at Theatre Royal Winchester. This family show is suitable for 2-7-year-olds and every child will receive a specially wrapped present from Santa – after the most Christmassy Christmas show ever! Mon 20 December 10.30am, 1.30pm and 4pm.
The Brickworks Museum’s smallest but sweetest event of the year on 12th December is dedicated to everyone who truly believes in magic. Father Christmas will be taking a day out from his busy December schedule and coming to the ‘works to hand out gifts to his smallest fans.
Father Christmas and his magical team of owls will be stopping at the Hawk Conservancy Trust for a special family event this year. The evening includes a magical owl flying display, festive storytelling, and a gift for all good girls and boys.
Have your photo taken with Santa in one of the Army Flying Museum’s helicopters on Saturday 20th November. Buy tickets for their Christmas Bazaar to find special gifts for your loved ones from over 20 local traders and craftspeople, get your Christmas tree early and pick up a Christmas pudding!
A new fantastical Christmas journey awaits children and their families this year at the Tapnell Farm Christmas Experience. The 45-minute experience is lead by a team of trained elves who will fully immerse you in the wonderment of Christmas, there will be storytelling and interactive puzzles to solve, plus lots of amazing scenery too.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this list of 2021 Father Christmas appearances in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
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