Christmas at Bedgebury, wander amongst the woodlands and forest at the Bedgebury National Pinetum on the Kent, Sussex boarder.

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

Discover the spirit of Christmas by visiting one of the South's enchanting events, where you can discover Christmas tree trails, festive markets, ice rinks, festive lights and the chance to meet Santa Claus, as the South East wholeheartedly embraces the festive spirit.

Our featured things to do at Christmas highlights some of the regions best places to enjoy the Christmas lights throughout the South East and some great places where you can meet Father Christmas.  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 Places to enjoy the Festive Lights in the South East

  • Discover the Winter Lights Trail and Christmas Market at Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, 13th November - 3rd January 2022. 
  • A magical new light trail to explore this Christmas. Light up your winter with a visit to Windsor Great Park, Windsor 18th November - 9th January 2022. 
  • It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Blenheim Place, Oxfordshire with the Illumination trail, Nutcracker Re-imagined and Christmas Market 19th November - 2nd January 22
  • Leonardslee Illuminated 2021 returns to Horsham, West Sussex, 25th November - 22nd December.  
  • Glow Wild returns for the eighth year to Wakehurst Gardens, Haywards Heath, 25th November - 2nd January 2022.  
  • Don’t miss our Illuminated evenings on Saturdays and Sundays at Fairytale Farm, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, 9th October to 28th November 2021.  
  • Christmas at Bedgebury forest returns, 19th November until 3rd January 2022 on selected evenings. 
  • Steamlights returns to the Bluebell Railway 5th November to 8th January 2022 on selected days. 
  • Experience more than 100+ festive illuminations of all shapes and sizes at this year's Christmas Tree Wonderland in Bournemouth, 19th November - 2nd January 2022.   
  • Cobtree Manor Park in Aylesford, Near Maidstone, Kent hosts an immersive, Christmas night-light trail full of joy and wonder, 15th December - 31st December. 
  • Twilight Trail - Biscuit World, Reading, Berkshire celebrates Reading’s old nickname of Biscuit Town as the bicentenary of Huntley and Palmers’ beginnings in London Street in 1822 approach.  
  • For something a little different, head to Worthing on the 16/17th December for the free Laser Light City event to enjoy a laser show controlled by you. 

Top Places to meet Santa Claus in the South East

  • Take a journey on the 'THE POLAR EXPRESS™' and meet Santa Claus when he comes on board to meet everyone, Spa Valley Railway, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, 26th November - 23rd December. 
  • Enjoy breakfast with Santa at the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, Hampshire for some festive fun, 4th - 24th December
  • Visit Santa Claus and his lovable husky dogs at Drusillas, Alfriston, Nr Eastbourne, 20th November - 23rd December. 
  • Meet Mother Christmas and find out what Evergreen the Elf has been up to at the Hawk Conservancy Trust, Andover - 21/22nd December
  • Escape to 450ft above Brighton with Santa in the festive viewing pod at British Airways i360, selected dates from 4th - 24th December. 
  • Head out and search for Santa with New Forest Activities on the Beaulieu River, 11th - 23rd December.
  • Climb aboard with Didcot Railway and set off on a journey to meet Father Christmas,  selected dates from 4th December onwards.
  • Meet the one and only Santa Claus at this year's Brighton Christmas Festival, 20th November onwards.
  • With story-telling, interactive puzzles to solve, lots of amazing scenery plus the chance to meet Santa, dont miss the chance to enjoy Christmas at Tapnell Farm, from 3rd December.
  • Add a little magic to the festive season with a visit to see Father Christmas at Tudor House, Southampton, 11th & 12th December.

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

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  1. Illuminature at WWT London Wetland Centre

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    Christmas

    London

    A new light trail at WWT London this autumn. Experience a unique, illuminated trail and explore nature after dark.

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    22 Oct 2021to9 Jan 2022
  2. Gunwharf Quays Christmas Village

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    Christmas

    Portsmouth

    Gunwharf Quays introduces its new and exciting festive attraction - the Christmas Village.

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    13 Nov 2021to2 Jan 2022Various Opening Times
  3. Christmas at Waddesdon

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    Christmas

    Near Aylesbury

    Christmas at Waddesdon will be back with magical lights and the gardens aglow. Festive fun with an enchanting outdoor extravaganza that will brighten the end of your year.

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    13 Nov 2021to23 Dec 2021
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    13 Nov 2021to23 Dec 2021
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    27 Dec 2021to3 Jan 2022
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    6 Jan 2022to23 Jan 2022
  4. Worthing Ice Rink

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    Christmas

    WORTHING

    Worthing Ice Rink will return to Steyne Gardens for the winter.

    All ages over four years are welcome to skate whatever your level of ability. Our colony of penguins, led by Puddles will be returning from the South Pole to assist our younger…

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    13 Nov 2021to27 Feb 2022Various Opening Times
  5. Christmas in the Great Park

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    Indoor

    Englefield Green, Egham

    This festive season, enjoy extended opening hours in the Savill Garden Visitor Centre where you can discover wonderful gifts for all ages. There'll be carols from local choirs on select days. And take a ride on the vintage carousel.

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    18 Nov 2021to9 Jan 2022Open 09:00 - 22:00
  6. Ice Rink at Bluewater Shopping

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    Christmas

    Greenhithe

    Returning to Bluewater for Christmas 2021 is our popular outdoor, undercover Ice Rink. Located outside The Village, the outdoor rink will sit under a clear roof, making it the perfect activity come rain or shine this festive season!

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    18 Nov 2021to2 Jan 2022
  7. Christmas Trail in Eton

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    Family

    Windsor

    Find the Eton teddy bears hidden in the town’s shop windows and you could win tickets to see the pantomime Jack & the Beanstalk at Theatre Royal Windsor.

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    18 Nov 2021to20 Dec 2021
  8. Skate Bournemouth

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    Christmas

    BOURNEMOUTH

    Whether you're a Dancing on Ice champion, a total newbie or just about anything in between, you can be sure to find some festive euphoria on the surface of our real, genuine ice. The rink is held within the canopies of Bournemouth's Lower Gardens,…

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    18 Nov 2021to3 Jan 2022Open 10:30 - 21:30
  9. Windsor Great Park Illuminated

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    Christmas

    Egham

    Join family and friends for a magical evening as the woodland and water of Windsor Great Park come alive with dazzling lights, dancing stars and breath-taking projections.

    Created and produced by global events and entertainment leader IMG, and…

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    18 Nov 2021to9 Jan 2022Open 16:30 - 20:00
  10. Portsmouth Christmas Market

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    Markets

    Portsmouth

    The Christmas Market returns to Commercial Road for 2021.

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    18 Nov 2021to24 Dec 2021
  11. Southampton Christmas Market

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    Sale

    Southampton

    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…

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    18 Nov 2021to23 Dec 2021
  12. Christmas at Blenheim Palace

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    Christmas

    Woodstock

    The after-dark illuminated trail sparkling in The Great Outdoors
    It's the most wonderful time of the year when over a million lights, lasers and seasonal sounds fill the air with festive fun through the Palace's picture-perfect gardens. Look forward…

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    19 Nov 2021to2 Jan 2022
  13. Christmas at Bedgebury

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    Outdoor Event / Activities

    Goudhurst

    It's the most wonderful time of the year when over a million lights, lasers and seasonal sounds fill the air with festive fun at Bedgebury. Look forward to some together time with family and friends, as you discover sparkling tunnels of light,…

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    19 Nov 2021to2 Jan 2022Open 16:30 - 20:20
  14. Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market

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    Participatory Event

    Winchester

    The Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best in Europe and renowned for its spectacular location, the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market brings high quality exhibitors, Christmas gifts and an abundance of festive…

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    19 Nov 2021to22 Dec 2021
  15. The Christmas Market

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    Markets

    Woodstock

    Escape the high street bustle at our Christmas Market...

    Whether you are coming along to The story of The Nutcracker inside the Palace or the Illuminated Trail in the great outdoors, your adventure begins at the Christmas Market in the Great Court.…

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    From:
    19 Nov 2021to19 Dec 2021
  16. Christmas at Bedgebury

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    Christmas

    Goudhurst

    Experience Bedgebury in a whole new light as you wander beneath unique canopies illuminated in seasonal colour.

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    From:
    19 Nov 2021to3 Jan 2022
  17. Christmas Alpine Market, Bournemouth

    BOURNEMOUTH

    Head on down to Bournemouth Square and find the perfect present at the Christmas Alpine Market. 

    With quaint chalets serving Christmas treats, stocking fillers, handmade gifts and local produce, the market is a great place for a spot of Christmas…

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    19 Nov 2021to2 Jan 2022
  18. Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland

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    Outdoor Event / Activities

    Bournemouth

    Spectacular Christmas tree trail, enchanting illuminations and seasonal family fun!

    Experience the magical spectacle of hundreds of glittering trees from around the world. See them shimmer against the night skies along our pine-scented walkways.…

    Dates

    From:
    19 Nov 2021to2 Jan 2022Open 12:00 - 23:00
  19. Santa's Grotto

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    Christmas

    Brighton

    Meet the one and only Santa Claus!

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    20 Nov 2021to24 Dec 2021
  20. Garter Tower Christmas Illuminations

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    Christmas

    Windsor

    The world’s most recognised castle will once again provide the backdrop for Windsor’s daily spectacular creative projections, with kind permission of Her Majesty The Queen.

    Dates

    From:
    20 Nov 2021to6 Jan 2022

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