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2023 Christmas Events in Hampshire

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and Christmas 2023 is set to be one of the best yet in Hampshire with a Santa-sized sledge full of festive treats and events happening across the county.

Hampshire's top family attractions have a cracking range of Christmas events for all the family to enjoy over the holiday period including…

Click here to see a full list of 2023 Christmas events

Visit Father Christmas in Hampshire

Wondering where to see Father Christmas in Hampshire? Santa Claus is coming to towns across the county with so many festive days out to look forward to and plenty of merry opportunities to meet the man himself.

Take your little ones on a magical day out to see Father Christmas in Hampshire. Help Santa deliver Christmas presents to astronauts in space, spot him on the Beaulieu River, see his enchanting owls flying in the winter skies, or become an honorary elf in his toy workshop.

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

Winter illumination displays in Hampshire

Discover light-up magic in Hampshire this winter with after-dark illumination trails and light show extravaganzas. See millions of twinkling lights and hear seasonal sounds fill the air with full immersive festive fun.

Read our guide to light shows happening in Hampshire this winter

24 festive things to do this Christmas in Hampshire

There are past favourites and new Christmas delights aplenty this festive season in Hampshire, with light trails, Christmas markets, ice skating, and more Christmas events than treats under the tree.

For some yuletide inspiration to soak up that seasonal spirit, read our guide to the top 24 festive things to do this Christmas in Hampshire.

Read our blog on 24 festive things to do this Christmas in Hampshire

Christmas gifts from Hampshire

Looking for unique gifts that are guaranteed to fill the recipient with festive joy? Hampshire has just the ticket. Read our carefully curated Christmas gift guide to incredible experiences in Hampshire. And best of all, you can purchase them online and have them delivered to your inbox straight away!

Read out 2023 Hampshire Christmas gift guide

Christmas markets in Hampshire

Discover where Hampshire's Christmas markets are and buy special gifts for your loved ones, spend time shopping with friends and family and feel the Christmas magic in the air! See the events list below for further information. 

Enjoy at winter short break in Hampshire

Make a break of it whilst enjoying those festive events and stay in the county for a few days. Hampshire has a great range of places to stay for visitors. If you're looking for hotels in Hampshire, you'll find everything from top quality luxury to country house charm. The county also has a superb choice of self catering, holiday cottages, and bed and breakfast accommodation.

See our guide to accommodation in Hampshire

What’s on this winter in Hampshire

Looking for inspiration for what to do in Hampshire this winter? Look no further than our ultimate guide to what's on this winter – from the top attractions and events to visit and fantastic festive celebrations in the cities to the best winter retreats and cosy pubs and restaurants.

See our guide to Winter in Hampshire

Discounted bus fares

Throughout the festive season, bus fares will be capped at £2 as part of the Government's cost of living plans. Discover some amazing attractions to visit during the festive season in Hampshire by bus


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  1. Chamber Choir Concert: Advent and Christmas at Winchester Cathedral



    16 Dec 2023Open 12:00 - 12:50
  2. BattleZone: The Great Grinchmas Heist with New Forest Activities



    9 Dec 2023Open 13:30 - 15:30
    10 Dec 2023Open 13:30 - 15:30
    16 Dec 2023Open 13:30 - 15:30
    17 Dec 2023Open 13:30 - 15:30
  3. Enlightened Staunton



    8 Dec 2023to24 Dec 2023Open 16:30 - 21:00
  4. Virtual Guided Tour: Christmas Special (Online Event) at Jane Austen's House



    14 Dec 2023Open 19:00 - 20:00
  5. A Christmas Carol at Beaulieu National Motor Museum

    New Forest


    14 Dec 2023to24 Dec 2023Open 14:30 - 15:30
    14 Dec 2023to24 Dec 2023Open 16:00 - 17:00
    14 Dec 2023to23 Dec 2023Open 17:30 - 18:30
  6. Tudor Christmas Trail at The Mary Rose



    16 Dec 2023to2 Jan 2024Open 10:00 - 16:00
  7. Christmas at Milestones

    Churchill Way West, Basingstoke


    28 Nov 2023to23 Dec 2023Open 10:00 - 17:00
  8. Britten's A Ceremony of Carols at Winchester Cathedral



    20 Dec 2023Open 16:00 - 16:30
  9. Festive Dining in the Garden Restaurant at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens



    1 Dec 2023to23 Dec 2023Open 12:00 - 14:00
  10. Christmas Parties at Sandy Balls



    15 Dec 2023Open 18:00 - 22:00
  11. Christmas Cocktail Masterclass at The Bombay Sapphire Distillery

    London Road, Whitchurch


    16 Dec 2023Open 18:00 - 23:30
    21 Dec 2023Open 18:00 - 23:30
    22 Dec 2023Open 18:00 - 23:30