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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 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

  • Follow the twinkling lights to the magical grotto where Father Christmas is waiting to meet all you good boys and girls at Fishers Farm Park.
  • Christmas at Mill Rythe is like no other with Turkey & Tinsel breaks, Big Baubles, Winter Wonderland and the Christmas Showbreak Spectacular just to name a few.
  • Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent could have been tailor made for Christmas!  With its huge selection of independent shops, art galleries and designer boutiques, you’ll find perfect Christmas gifts for everyone on your list. 
  • Experience Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market and Ice Rink from 17 November. Explore one of the best Christmas Markets in the UK, with over 100 chalets selling tempting treats and exclusive gifts, and enjoy ice skating fun for all the family!
  • Experience the winter magic first hand at Drusillas Park this year!Take your little monkeys to visit Santa Claus in his cosy Christmas Cottage and come face-to-face with a husky at the zoo before getting your face painted as a reindeer, fairy or even a Christmas pud!
  • Inspirational gift shopping in Denbies Wine and Gift Shop  Seasonal events include Sunday 9 December 10am join Santa’s 5k Fun Run for all the family.
  • Join Phileas Fogg on a magical, fun packed immersive live pantomime adventure around the world to meet Santa. The Experience runs every weekend from 24th November (including 24th December).
  • Find those perfect gifts and enjoy a great day out at the Weald & Downland Living Museum’s Christmas Market! From Friday 23 to Sunday 25 November.
  • Visit Bletchley Park, Home of the WW2 Codebreakers, this Christmas and see the historic site dressed with vintage 1940s decorations, taking you back in time to this iconic era.
  • Santa Flights at British Airways i360. Does Father Christmas know which chimney is yours? Point out your rooftop to the man that matters during a Santa Flight on British Airways i360 this Christmas. 

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

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  1. Join us for a Country House Christmas

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    Witney, Oxfordshire

    Join us for a Country House Christmas

    Take the stress out of the season

    Give yourself the gift of a relaxing Christmas in this glorious country house. We promise to make you feel welcome. Enjoy a festive atmosphere in this grand house with six...

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    From:
    9 Oct 2018to21 Dec 2018
  2. Illuminations Weekends 2018

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    Childrens Events

    Chipping Norton

    Don't miss our Illuminated Evenings on Saturdays and Sundays from 13th October to 23rd December, and 24th December.

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    13 Oct 2018to24 Dec 2018Various Opening Times
  3. Festive Lunch at DoubleTree by Hilton Southampton

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    Christmas

    Chilworth, Southampton

    No time for a Christmas Party? Why not have Christmas lunch instead at DoubleTree by Hilton Southampton? Perfect for meeting friends, connecting with colleagues or lunching with your society!

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    From:
    1 Nov 2018to31 Jan 2019Open 12:00 - 14:00
  4. Royal Pavilion's Ice Rink

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    Christmas

    Brighton

    A winter season of enchantment beckons at the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink in Brighton, which opens for its ninth year from November 3 2018 to January 13 2019.

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    From:
    3 Nov 2018to13 Jan 2019
  5. Christmas Shopping at Wisley

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    Sale

    WOKING

    1 November 2018 to 2 January 2019 - Wisley

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    3 Nov 2018to2 Jan 2019Open 10:00 - 20:00
  6. Make Your Own Christmas Decorations at Gilbert White's House

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    Christmas

    Selborne

    Join Frances Law and Rosemary Lanning each Monday at Gilbert White's House in the run up to Christmas, and learn to make a beautiful Christmas Decoration for your home.

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    5 Nov 2018to10 Dec 2018Various Opening Times
  7. Christmas Lights on London’s Southbank

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    Christmas

    LONDON

    Take a walk along the South Bank to see the riverside area beautifully illuminated with garlands of glittering Christmas lights.

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    9 Nov 2018to6 Jan 2019
  8. 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...

    Dates

    From:
    15 Nov 2018to23 Dec 2018Open 10:00 - 20:00
  9. A Christmas Carol

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    Theatre

    Portsea, Portsmouth

    Experience the adventure of Mr Scrooge amongst the glistening snow-topped roofs of Victorian London.

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    16 Nov 2018to25 Nov 2018
  10. Christmas Ice Skating in Tunbridge Wells

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    Special Events

    Tunbridge Wells

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    16 Nov 2018to2 Jan 2019
  11. Windsor on Ice

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    Participatory Event

    Windsor

    Enjoy ice skating in Windsor this winter and Christmas with Windsor on Ice.

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    17 Nov 2018to6 Jan 2019
  12. Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink

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    Participatory Event

    Winchester

    Winchester Cathedral's much-loved Ice Rink received a brand new makeover in 2016 to celebrate its 10th anniversary the most striking of which was the addition of a clear roof, guaranteeing skaters a rain-free experience whatever the weather! The...

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    From:
    17 Nov 2018to2 Jan 2019
  13. Portsmouth Ice Rink at Guildhall Square

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    Christmas

    Portsmouth

    Get your skates on and go ice skating in Portsmouth this festive season, as Portsmouth's Guildhall Square is transformed into a winter wonderland. Ice Skate Portsmouth will see a real, 612sqm ice rink installed in Guildhall Square - big enough for...

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    17 Nov 2018to6 Jan 2019
  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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    17 Nov 2018to20 Dec 2018
  15. Santa’s Grotto at Drusillas

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    Show / Display

    Nr Eastbourne

    Enjoy the magic and enchantment of Christmas at Drusillas Park (near Brighton) between Saturday 17th November 2018 and Tuesday 1st January. Check out the various Christmas events happening at Drusillas this year…

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    17 Nov 2018to9 Dec 2018Various Opening Times
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    13 Dec 2018to23 Dec 2018Various Opening Times
  16. The Oxfordshire Craft Guild Christmas exhibition

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    Exhibition

    Woodstock

    Christmas selling exhibition featuring many of the county's leading contemporary craft designers and makers. Showcasing jewellery, ceramics, textiles, glass and keepsakes.

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    From:
    17 Nov 2018to30 Dec 2018Open 10:00 - 17:00
  17. Christmas at the Royal Pavilion

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    Christmas

    Brighton

    Experience a magical Christmas at the Royal Pavilion. The palace is transformed with festive decorations and glittering trees. A replica of Queen Victoria's sleigh awaits you and your family in the Music Room, where you can create your Christmas...

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    From:
    17 Nov 2018to1 Jan 2019Open 10:00 - 16:30
  18. Christmas at Drusillas Park

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    Christmas

    Alfriston

    Enjoy the magic and enchantment of Christmas at Drusillas Park between Saturday 17th November 2018 and Tuesday 1st January. Check out Christmas at Drusillas here...

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    17 Nov 2018to1 Jan 2019Various Opening Times
  19. Christmas at Marwell

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    Christmas

    Colden Common, Winchester

    Make your family’s Christmas magical and join us at Marwell for our Enchanted Christmas. This year you’ll notice some exciting additions.

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    From:
    17 Nov 2018to24 Dec 2018Open 10:00 - 16:00
  20. Make Your Own Christmas Decorations

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    Christmas

    Selborne

    Join Frances Law and Rosemary Lanning each Monday in the run up to Christmas, and learn to make a beautiful Christmas Decoration for your home. £10 per session includes materials and refreshments.

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    19 Nov 2018Open 10:30 - 12:30
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    26 Nov 2018Open 10:30 - 12:30
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    3 Dec 2018Open 10:30 - 12:30
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    10 Dec 2018Open 10:30 - 12:30

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