Catergories: Christmas

Looking for a Christmas day out to remember? Wondering where the best place to see Santa is? Take your little ones on a magical day out to see Father Christmas in Hampshire.

Although this year will be a little different Father Christmas is still taking time out of his busy schedule and popping up across Hampshire in several top attractions to spread the festive cheer. You'll find Santa, his elves and even Mother Christmas on a steam train, canoeing down the Beaulieu River and dancing on a stage.

Read on for our guide to the top places to see Santa in Hampshire this Christmas.

Covid-19: Please do check opening times and pre-booking information with each venue before you travel. Events are subject to change depending on government guidelines.

Father Christmas at the Watercress Line, Alresford

See Father Christmas in his festive carriage at The Watercress Line and enjoy some traditional festive fun with fairground rides, a miniature railway, and a Christmas market. Each child will be invited into Santa’s Christmas carriage to receive a gift. Please note: This event does not include travel on the line and will be held at Ropley Station. Tickets must be pre-booked in advance.

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New Forest Activities' Christmas Canoe with Santa

Christmas Canoe with Father Christmas at New Forest Activities, New Forest National Park

Join New Forest Activities for a festive paddle on the Beaulieu River to find Santa this Christmas. Enjoy a 90-minute guided tour of the river's beautiful nature reserve, with the river offering up some of its more stunning sights on a fresh Winter's day. You will set sail in stable and safe, Canadian style canoes with the added excitement that you will be meeting Santa on the river in his boat full of Christmas gifts! Each child will receive a gift from Santa. Please note: Places must be pre-booked in advance.

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Christmas at Paultons Park

Christmas at Paultons, Near Romsey

Paultons Park will be welcoming visitors for their new Celebration of Christmas, including a range of seasonal delights for you to enjoy! Discover magical illuminations, meet Peppa and George in their seasonal outfits and enjoy a BRAND-NEW Christmas show featuring Father Christmas himself! Head over to the Show Stage where this year, and for the very first time, Santa Clause will be joining Paulton’s festive friends in their very own show. Little ones will also be able to stop by for Santa's Storytime, the perfect chance to take a break from the excitement and enjoy a festive story from the man himself! Please note: Tickets must be pre-booked in advance.

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Christmas at the Emirates Spinnaker Tower

Breakfast with Santa at Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth

Join Father Christmas and his elves as the hosts a delicious breakfast in Emirates Spinnaker Tower's Waterfront Café. Families will enjoy a continental style breakfast and children can write their letters to Father Christmas. There will be an opportunity for each family to have their photo take with the main man and each child will receive a gift from Santa. Please note: Places must be booked in advance.

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Father Christmas and his helper at Winchester Science Centre

Christmas Sounds Amazing at Winchester Science Centre

This Christmas Santa will swap his big red coat for a lab coat at Winchester Science Centre! From 5 to 24 December 2020, the jolly man himself will make a special appearance in the brand new free live science show, Christmas Sounds Amazing. Together with the Science Centre Inspirers, he'll bring to life the sounds of Christmas like you've never heard them before! Please note: Tickets must be booked in advance. 

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Father Christmas at the Great Hall in Winchester

Father Christmas at The Great Hall Winchester

It wouldn't be Christmas without Father Christmas visiting The Great Hall and, although he'll be strictly social distancing, this year will be no different. Tickets include seeing Father Christmas and receiving a festive gift, a Christmas craft pack and a children’s hot chocolate. Tickets must be booked in advance. 

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Paultons Theme Park Home of Peppa Pig World
Theme Park
Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park

Paultons Park voted number one theme park in the UK by Tripadvisor, is the theme park for families which has more than 70 wonderful rides and attractions included in the admission price.

Mid-Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'
Steam Railway
Autumn on the Watercress Line

Experience the golden age of steam on the Mid Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'! Whether you are taking a trip down memory lane or making new ones, sit back, relax and travel through the heart of quintessential English countryside by steam train, looking towards stunning views of the South Downs National Park.

New Forest Activities
Sports Ground
Family Canoeing with New Forest Activities

New Forest Activities offer a variety of safe and enjoyable activities for families, couples, individuals and groups of all ages and abilities led by expert outdoor instructors. For tours with a difference, take to the water with Canoeing and Kayaking on the Beaulieu River Nature Reserve.

Spinnaker Tower
Spinnaker Tower - Panoramic View

Experience the view from Spinnaker Tower – the stunning 170-metre icon of the South Coast and Britain’s best viewing tower.  The view decks provide a great introduction to the surrounding area, offering a unique bird’s eye view that makes it a must-do attraction on any visit to Hampshire.

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium
Science Centre
Boy in Space Suit at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Find out how far your curiosity will take you as you embark on an exhilarating adventure through the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium.

The Great Hall
Historic Site
The Great Hall

Great Hall and Sally Port are the only surviving parts of Winchester Castle, also home to King Arthur's Legendary Round Table



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