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Christmas at Goodwood Hotel

Christmas at Goodwood Hotel

West Sussex

Christmas in the South East

Christmas is a magical time in South East England as towns cities are transformed into winter wonderlands, coming alive with twinkling lights, festive entertainment and delicious, seasonal aromas.

Discover the spirit of Christmas by visiting the region’s enchanting destinations, many of which wholeheartedly embrace the festive spirit with Christmas markets, ice rinks, Coca-Cola truck visits and spectacular seasonal events.

Our featured things to do at Christmas can be seen in our highlights list below. Find something near you with plenty of events in our guide at the bottom of this page using the 'map view' button to search by location.

Top Christmas Events in South East England

  • Victorian Festival of Christmas takes place at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard between 1 - 3 December spreading festive cheer to one and all.
  • There's plenty of gift ideas and events going on at Goodwood over the Christmas period. 
  • The Magic of Christmas begins at Fishers Adventure Farm Park 21st December to 3rd January.
  • Watts Gallery - Artists Village is holding a special Victorian Christmas weekend between 25 - 26 November. 
  • From gift vouchers to Christmas party packages, Chewton Glen has a range of festivities for all the family. 
  • Royal Tunbridge Wells is the perfect destination at Christmas.  With a range of shops selling things you simply can’t find elsewhere, a stunning outdoor ice rink, 2 theatres, 50+ restaurants, a heritage railway and Christmas lights, visiting Tunbridge Wells will provide a welcome dose of Christmas spirit. 
  • Visit Santa’s Christmas Cottage at Drusillas Park as Father Christmas makes a welcome return to the zoo from 18th November to 23rd December.
  • Denbies is one of the most unique venues in Surrey to celebrate your Christmas party with different shared party nights going on throughout December. 
  • Buy a gift to remember for a loved one this Christmas at Finest Hour Experience.
  • Open from 2nd December to 1st January, visit Petworth and journey on a Grand Tour Christmas. 
  • Come racing on Monday, 4th December and get in the festive spirit at Plumpton Racecourse.
  • Give your children a magical experience this Christmas at Bletchley Park's Christmas Grotto on selected dates from 2 - 23 December.
  • Give your children a Christmas to remember with a trip on Basingstoke's Festival Place magical train ride through Porchester Square to visit Santa in his candy cane grotto.
  • To Russia With Love Christmas Parties 2017 will take place at Kent County Showground as it will be turned into Tsar's Palace.
  • As well as Grayshott Pottery's workshops, they also host seasonal events in their Emporium and Kiln Café. The most popular are their Christmas festivities, which boast the sparkle and magic of a Winter Wonderland.

What's on this Christmas? Guide to the best South East events

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Robin Hood at New Victoria Theatre

Robin Hood at New Victoria Theatre

Don’t miss the ultimate pantomime adventure Robin Hood as it comes to the New Victoria Theatre Woking for the first time ever! Starring one of the...

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  1. Add Team Building - Woodland Winter Warmer to your Itinerary

    Team Building - Woodland Winter Warmer

    Type

    Corporate Activities

    Location

    Beaulieu

    Dates

    From:
    1 Oct 2017To31 Mar 2018

    Fantastic value team building - explore the vital skills needed to thrive in a natural environment.

    A great opportunity for you and your team to spend a day in the heart of the beautiful New Forest.

    Hot drinks and bacon rolls on arrival around a pre-lit warm campfire.

    Warm up with some team...

  2. Add Illuminations Weekends 2017 to your Itinerary

    Illuminations Weekends 2017

    Type

    Childrens Events

    Location

    Chipping Norton

    Dates

    From:
    14 Oct 2017To24 Dec 2017

    Don't miss our Illuminated Evenings on Saturdays and Sundays from 14th October to 17th December, and every day from 20th December to 24th December.
    The Farm will be open all day as normal, but when daylight fades the entire Enchanted Walk will become a magical wonderland of fairy lights, which will...

  3. Fire & Light Show at The Look Out Discovery Centre

    Add Fire & Light Show at The Look Out Discovery Centre to your Itinerary

    Fire & Light Show at The Look Out Discovery Centre

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    Childrens Events

    Location

    Bracknell

    Dates

    From:
    28 Oct 2017To7 Jan 2018

    This live science show is full of fantastic demonstrations to FIRE your imagination! Watch us create light, and see the amazing tornado of fire! There is no need to pre-book tickets for the shows; tickets can be purchased from reception on the day. Suitable for children age 5+.
    Show times are at...

  4. Add Royal Pavilion's Ice Rink to your Itinerary

    Royal Pavilion's Ice Rink

    Type

    Christmas

    Location

    Brighton

    Dates

    From:
    4 Nov 2017To14 Jan 2018


    The most beautiful rink in the South East, Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Ice Rink is open to the public this season from Nov 4th, 2017 – Jan 14th, 2018. Stunning, twinkly, romantic, child-friendly... all topped off with beautiful food in our rinkside bar and restaurant.

  5. Add Santa Special Christmas Lunch Cruise to your Itinerary

    Santa Special Christmas Lunch Cruise

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    Participatory Event

    Location

    Windsor

    Dates

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    11 Nov 2017To11 Nov 2017
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    18 Dec 2017To18 Dec 2017

    This is an extra trip to our regular public sailings. This means that due to a larger booking requiring this trip we are able to offer it to the public on specific dates.

  6. Add Southampton Christmas Market to your Itinerary

    Southampton Christmas Market

    Type

    Sale

    Location

    Southampton

    Dates

    From:
    11 Nov 2017To23 Dec 2017

    The Southampton Christmas Market features a traditional German market operated by internationally renowned WELA Märkte featuring totally unique, individually designed alpine chalets with traditional German fayre, from bratwurst and waffles to gingerbread hearts and candied fruit

  7. Add Christmas at Osborne to your Itinerary

    Christmas at Osborne

    Type

    Christmas

    Location

    EAST COWES

    Dates

    From:
    15 Nov 2017To31 Dec 2017

    Visit Osborne to celebrate the festive season where there is a delightful setting of Queen Victoria's palace by the sea. Recall how Christmas was celebrated by Queen Victoria and her family and how many of the Christmas traditions became popular under the patronage of Queen Victoria and her consort...

  8. Add Ice Skating at Bluewater to your Itinerary

    Ice Skating at Bluewater

    Type

    Christmas

    Location

    Greenhithe

    Dates

    From:
    16 Nov 2017To7 Jan 2018


    Our beautiful outdoor ice rink promises great skating for all.

  9. Add Christmas Ice Skating in Tunbridge Wells to your Itinerary

    Christmas Ice Skating in Tunbridge Wells

    Type

    Special Events

    Location

    Tunbridge Wells

    Dates

    From:
    17 Nov 2017To1 Jan 2018
  10. Add Ice Skate Portsmouth to your Itinerary

    Ice Skate Portsmouth

    Type

    Christmas

    Location

    Portsmouth

    Dates

    From:
    18 Nov 2017To2 Jan 2018

    Get your skates on this festive season, as Portsmouth's Guildhall Square is transformed into a winter wonderland.