The magic of Christmas has already taken over Southampton, with loads more sparkle and yule-time cheer to come! Discover what’s on in Southampton this December and get set for some seriously festive fun…

The Southampton Christmas Festival takes place on Above Bar pedestrian precinct and Bargate Street from Saturday 11 November – Saturday 23 December 2017. It features a Christmas market operated by internationally renowned WELA Märkte featuring totally unique, individually designed alpine themed chalets with traditional German fayre, from bratwurst and waffles to gingerbread hearts and candied fruit, mulled wine and cold stein beer.

If you love the TV series Victoria come and join the Southampton Tourist Guides Association as they take you back to early Victorian Southampton. Meet heroes of the Empire, see how Southampton changed dramatically in the early years of Victoria’s reign. Discover where Prince Albert’s statue used to stand and what happened to it. And find out about the links with another Empress, the French Empress Eugenie. On Saturday 2nd December at 12pm-1.30pm, book now!

On the 9th December from 3pm-8pm head to Oxford Street Southampton for their ultimate Christmas party – Music on the Street! With live music performing outside of The London, festive drinks and treats in Oxford Street’s venues and discount vouchers for those in festive jumpers! It’s a party not to be missed!

Join New Forest Activities for beautiful sites and festive fun this Winter. Take in the stunning views of the Beaulieu River on a Winter Paddle session. Or for something a bit more festive, see if you can spot Santa in his boat on one of their Christmas Canoe Paddles!

The Sarah Siddons Fan Club Theatre grimly present the horrible history of Gods House Tower, blasted gunners, pathetic prisoners, gruesome gaolers, the true story of the 800 year history of a terrible Tower!! The ghostly performances are the last events before the Tower closes for a year for a £3m make over, so join them before the cobwebs have been swept away!

If you’re a gin lover then you’ll love getting into the festive spirit with a whole range of gins at the Southampton Gin Festival UK. Taking place on the 16th December at the 02 Guildhall Southampton.

Southampton this December

Get your Christmas shopping wrapped up early at the Etsy Made Local Festive Market. Southampton’s finest creatives have got together to showcase their work upstairs at Mettricks Guildhall. Shop the wide range of handmade items including jewellery, stationary, illustrations, knitwear, organic kids clothes and much more. There will be live custom portraits and festive workshops. And of course Mettricks delicious coffee and cakes.

Skate on real ice by the old town wall at WestQuay Shopping Centre from Saturday 11th November until 2nd January (open everyday except Christmas Day). Ice skating is a fantastic Christmas treat for all ages – perfect for the family, friends, a first date or a festive party.

Take a step back in time at Tudor House this Christmas. Deck the halls with boughs of holly and ivy for some festive fun! Meet some of our costumed characters, book a slot to meet Father Christmas and make fun holiday crafts to take away. Free admission to the venues, small charges apply for activities and to meet Father Christmas.

Don’t miss the Olivier Award nominated West End hit Hetty at Nuffield Southampton Theatres until January 2018 – an unforgettable Christmas treat for all the family live on stage, featuring daring circus skills and live music.

Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered celebrates the joy, excitement and occasional frustration of playing board games. This exhibition includes more than 100 objects, featuring some of the most iconic, enthralling and visually striking games from the V&A’s outstanding national collection of board games. You can get ‘hands-on’ throughout the exhibition, learn about different kinds of games and discover what sort of player you are!

Dress up as an alien and join Zobble on his home planet of Blip as he tries to organise Blip’s first ever Christmas (just like they have on Earth). Will he succeed? Enjoy the retelling of this funny children’s story. If you’ve been a good alien this year Father Christmas might make an appearance with a present for you at Royal Victoria Country Park.

Southampton this December

Jeremy really, really loves Christmas. All he wants is for each Christmas to be perfect; mince pies, stockings, mistletoe and especially, (and this is the icing on the Christmas cake)…lots and lots of SNOW! But, who exactly brings the snow? Santa? Rudolph? Jack Frost? No, it’s the one job left in the heavy hands of the Trolls of Winter. However, the trolls are fed up with never getting any of the credit. It’s always those cheery, little elves and that red nosed reindeer celebrated at Christmas, while the hard working trolls miss out. Not once have they been on an advent calendar or featured in a carol, so this year, unless they get their ugly mugs on at least one Christmas card, there will be NO SNOW! With silliness, laughter, stunning puppets (and maybe a humbug or two), Pickled Image (Fireside Tales with Granddad and Wolf Tales) present a magical Christmas extravaganza for all the family!

Beaulieu at Christmas. See what the Victorian Montagu family members would have been at Beaulieu doing as they prepare for the festive season of 1889. Pose for photos beside the impressive life-size Gingerbread House in visitor reception, before heading out into the Beaulieu grounds to see one of the largest outdoor trees in the New Forest decorated with over 10,000 lights!