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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.

Win tickets for a family of four for a BA i360 Santa Flight

This Christmas, British Airways i360 Viewing Tower is transforming into a magically decorated giant Christmas bauble. Our sustainably sourced Christmas decorations have been designed by local creative students to enrich and enhance the stunning panoramic views of Brighton, the South Downs and Sussex coastline. 

This festive period we’re offering you the chance to enter into their festive wonderland and experience a flight with Santa Claus and his cheeky Elves. We’re offering you the chance to win tickets for a family of four for a BA i360 Santa Flight.

That’s right, Father Christmas himself along with his Elves will be on board BA i360 Viewing Tower on selected flights throughout December to delight and entertain children of all ages. Spend the flight searching for Rudolph flying past, or try and spot your chimney from 450ft. Once you’ve whispered your Christmas list in Santa’s ear his Elves will hand you an exciting gift, not to open till the day itself!

To enter this incredible competition, worth £55, all you have to do is to subscribe to The British Airway i360 Mailing List.

For more information on British Airways i360 Viewing Tower Santa Flights, visit their website here.

Competition ends 30/11/19

T&Cs apply, Santa Flights are on selected dates throughout December, you cannot sell or exchange this prize for a monetary value, and you cannot gift the vouchers.

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

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  1. Royal Pavilion Ice Rink

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    Christmas

    Brighton

    Celebrate a greener Christmas this year with the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink. Stunning, twinkly, romantic, child-friendly, rink-side restaurant views to die for…and ice powered entirely by wind and solar energy,

    Dates

    From:
    2 Nov 2019to19 Jan 2020
  2. 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:
    14 Nov 2019to23 Dec 2019
  3. SKATE Tunbridge Wells

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    Christmas

    Tunbridge Wells

    From 15 November, Calverley Grounds will be transformed into the ultimate winter destination, signalling the start of the festive season. SKATE Tunbridge Wells returns for 2019 with stylish skating, festive food and drink, music and Christmas spirit…

    Dates

    From:
    15 Nov 2019to5 Jan 2020
  4. Christmas Afternoon Tea at Waddesdon Manor

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    Food

    Near Aylesbury, AYLESBURY

    Treat yourself to a sumptuous Christmas afternoon tea, with a selection of savoury treats and sweet fancies and a glass of prosecco. Served in the historic Manor Restaurant.

    Created in-house by Craig, our talented head pâtissier, afternoon tea is…

    Dates

    From:
    16 Nov 2019to5 Jan 2020Open 14:30 - 17:00
  5. Christmas Fair at Waddesdon

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    Christmas

    Near Aylesbury, AYLESBURY

    Christmas Fair at Waddesdon
    Sat 16 Nov – Sun 22 Dec 2019, Wed-Sun, 11-6

    Soak up the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas at Waddesdon's Christmas Fair set against the enchanting, floodlit backdrop of the Manor.
    Escape the hustle and bustle of the…

    Dates

    From:
    16 Nov 2019to22 Dec 2019Open 11:00 - 18:00
  6. Christmas at Waddesdon

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    Christmas

    Waddesdon

    Share a festive day out with family and friends this Christmas. Inside the House, see sparkling trees and decorations that explore Waddesdon's connection to the world of music with a festive twist, from traditional Christmas carols to Christmas hits…

    Dates

    From:
    16 Nov 2019to5 Jan 2020Open 11:00 - 18:00
  7. The Carnival of the Animals - Lantern Parade and Lantern Making Workshops

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    Participatory Event

    Maidenhead

    The Carnival of the Animals Lantern Parade returns to illuminate Maidenhead on Saturday 7 December!

    Dates

    From:
    16 Nov 2019to30 Nov 2019Various Opening Times
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    17 Nov 2019to1 Dec 2019Various Opening Times
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    23 Nov 2019Open 10:00 - 16:00
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    7 Dec 2019Open 10:00 - 16:00
  8. BOUTIQUE & ARTISAN CHRISTMAS GIFT FAIR

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    Christmas

    Uckfield

    Hundreds of unique and festive gifts await you at the Boutique and Artisan Christmas Gift Fair, being held at the East Sussex National Hotel. Over 60 high end gift exhibitors, ranging from Christmas Chic to Fabulous Boutique, Designers & Artisan…

    Dates

    From:
    20 Nov 2019to21 Nov 2019Open 10:00 - 16:00
  9. A Taste of Christmas

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    Food

    Forest Row

    A unique event at Tablehurst Community Farm, with at least a dozen of our favourite suppliers offering tastings of their food and drink, Tablehurst turkey tasters, pie kitchen tasters, hot food available to keep you going through the evening,…

    Dates

    From:
    21 Nov 2019Open 17:30 - 20:00
  10. Marlow Christmas Light Switch On and Shop

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    Christmas

    Marlow

    The event this year will be held on Thursday 21st November.

    More information will be available nearer the time as to who will be switching on Marlow's festive lights this year! Watch this space.

    Dates

    From:
    21 Nov 2019
  11. Country Homes & Interiors Christmas at Stonor

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    Christmas

    Henley On Thames

    Country Homes & Interiors Christmas at Stonor

    Dates

    From:
    21 Nov 2019to24 Nov 2019Various Opening Times
  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:
    21 Nov 2019to5 Jan 2020Open 10:00 - 20:00
  13. 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…

    Dates

    From:
    21 Nov 2019to22 Dec 2019
  14. Christmas Market at Blenheim Palace

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    Christmas

    WOODSTOCK

    Blenheim Palace's Great Court will be transformed into a seasonal market showcasing a range of festive treats from around 50 designer-makers and artisan food and drink producers in cosy, traditional wooden chalets.

    Dates

    From:
    22 Nov 2019to15 Dec 2019
  15. Christmas Artisan Makers & Food Market

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    Type:

    Christmas

    Brighton

    Christmas Artisan Makers & Food Market at a brand new venue for Paper Daisy Events, BHASVIC on the Brighton & Hove border, close to Seven Dials.

    In the Grand Hall you will find 45 of the very best local designers and makers, selling unique and…

    Dates

    From:
    23 Nov 2019Open 10:30 - 16:00
  16. Arundel Museum Christmas Fayre

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    Christmas

    Mill Road, Arundel

    Step into a world of festive delights at our Christmas fayre in the inspiring surroundings of Arundel museum and find unique gifts made by local artisans for family and friends.
    Why not enjoy a delicious cake or two, available in the museum cafe…

    Dates

    From:
    23 Nov 2019Open 10:30 - 16:00
  17. Visit Father Christmas at Godstone Farm

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    Christmas

    Godstone Farm, Tilburstow Hill Road, GODSTONE

    Enjoy the magic of Christmas at Godstone Farm with Wiglet's Christmas Adventure and a visit to Father Christmas!
    This year Wiglet's Christmas Adventure returns with all the usual farmyard fun and a truly festive visit to see Father Christmas. …

    Dates

    From:
    23 Nov 2019to24 Dec 2019Open 10:00 - 16:40
  18. Christmas at Hever Castle (select dates)

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    Christmas

    Edenbridge

    This Christmas we will be taking you on a magical journey down the rabbit hole and into the enchanting world of Alice in Wonderland. During the day you will be met with beautifully decorated Castle rooms, welcoming log fires and twinkling Christmas…

    Dates

    From:
    23 Nov 2019to24 Dec 2019Open 10:30 - 18:00
  19. Christmas at Paultons

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    Christmas

    Romsey, The New Forest

    Visit Paultons Family Theme Park and celebrate Christmas in a world of twinkling illuminations, seasonal music and a giant musical Christmas tree. Families visiting Christmas at Paultons will enjoy Santa's Grotto, as they join a reindeer on his…

    Dates

    From:
    23 Nov 2019to23 Dec 2019
  20. Winter Fair at Ardingly

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    Christmas

    Ardingly

    Shopping delights and festive fun at the Winter Fair

    Dates

    From:
    23 Nov 2019to24 Nov 2019Various Opening Times

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