Including Christmas markets and Father Christmas visits
If you are looking for fun-filled Christmas events in Hampshire then this post is for you. We have included events, Father Christmas visits, and Winter Wonderland experiences.
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The Ultimate List of Walks in Hampshire That Are Child Friendly – Looking to enjoy the outside? Then look at our huge list of amazing walks here.
Things to do in Hampshire
Wondering what to do today? Then our guide for ALL things Hampshire is for you!
If you are looking for things to do in Hampshire with kids then this guide is for you. We have over 200+ ideas that you can use to keep your whole family amused while exploring everything Hampshire has to offer!
This is an up to date spreadsheet, in activity order, that you can use when you have no clue what to do. We’ve included everything from country parks, to splash pools, lakes, castles, days out, playgrounds and walks.
Father Christmas Visits
We have included as many Father Christmas visits as we can. These are throughout Hampshire and are great for the whole family.
Titchfield Christmas Barn
With Christmas lights, stalls, and refreshments, Titchfield Christmas Barn has everything you need to help you feel Christmassy. If you want to visit Santa then they have him as well.
Each ticket offers you admission to Santa’s Grotto, a meet and greet with the Santa himself, and a wrapped gift to take away. Grown-ups can take photos and enjoy the meet as well.
16th November to 19th December 10am – 5pm. Free to enter but £12.50 per child to visit Santa. Book online at the
Titchfield Festival Theatre to avoid disappointment.
This event takes place at Titchfield Festival Theatre, 73 St Margarets Ln, Titchfield, Fareham PO14 4BG.
Longdown Activity Farm
Open throughout the Winter period, Longdown Activity Farm has all its normal fun-filled activities open as well as offering a family fun Christmas day out.
Running from Friday 26th November to Thursday 23rd December, Father Christmas and his tractor sleigh will be at Longdown. There is no additional charge to our usual admissions to see Father Christmas in his Festive Lodge. Please check their website as booking is essential.
Longdown Activity Farm, Deerleap Ln, Ashurst, Southampton SO40 7EH.
Sea Life Play Centre Santas Grotto
Sea Life Play Centre Santas Grotto is great for kids who are under 5. Take them to meet Santa, Mrs Elf and enjoy a hot chocolate, Christmas crafts and a gift at the end. Prices are £18 per child which includes 1 adult. Please book online to make sure you get a space.
Sea Life Play Centre, Civic Centre Rd Marlands Shopping Centre, Southampton SO14 7SJ.
Santa’s Breakfast at Dobbies Cadnam
Perfect for under tens, Santa’s Breakfast at Dobbies Cadnam gives you the chance to sit down and enjoy an amazing breakfast with your whole family while having a visit from the big man in red. This includes fun family games and a gift for every child too.
Prices start at £13.99 for children and £6.99 for adults. Please book in advance.
Dobbies Garden Centre Cadnam, Southampton Rd, Cadnam, Southampton SO40 2NB.
Visit Santa at Keydell Nurseries
Visit Santa in his grotto and see where all the toys are made in his workshop. Walkthrough the woodland walk and enjoy all light trail that is guaranteed to make you feel Christmassy. Prices start at £18.95 per child and £5.95 for an adult. Keydell Nurseries is also offering a breakfast with Santa and an extra special treat if you go the week before Christmas. Check out their website for booking information.
Keydell Nurseries, Havant Rd, Horndean, Waterlooville PO8 0UU.
Visit Father Christmas at Tudor House
Make Christmas extra special this year with a trip to Tudor House and Father Christmas. Take a walk around this amazing house and gardens then visit the big man himself for a gift. Booking is essential and prices include entry into Tudor House and Santa.
Tudor House & Garden, Bugle St, Southampton SO14 2AD
Make your family’s Christmas even more magical and join Santa outside the Graze Cafe. Print off the template Christmas letter before you visit so that Santa can read it. Watch out for Santa on the train throughout the park as you visit all the amazing animals. Price included in the entrance ticket.
Marwell Zoo, Thompson’s Ln, Colden Common, Winchester SO21 1JH.
Finkley Down Farm
Head on down to the farm in Andover between 24th November and 24th December the to join the Christmas Elves who will take you on a festive adventure! The children will be given a ‘Santa passport’ and be invited to take part in activities during the day in order to get them stamped. At the end of the adventure, children can visit Father Christmas in his Grotto and receive their Christmas presents.
Finkley Down Farm, North Way, Andover SP11 6NF.
Winter Wonderlands in Hampshire
The most magical time of year is edging closer and closer which means it is time to get organized and think about celebrating Christmas in the best ways possible with your family. Luckily for you, we have already looked into the Best Winter Wonderlands and Santa Grottos in Hampshire which means you can get on with picking which one (or ones) you’d most like to visit!
Winchester Science Centre
Do you ever wonder where Santa goes when he makes his Christmas Day flight around the World? Visit The Sky Before Christmas to see what Santa sees and all the stars and constellations. Price is £3.50 plus the standard charge to enter.
Winchester Science Centre, Telegraph Way, Winchester SO21 1HZ.
Stewarts Garden Center
This Winter Wonderland experience is great for the whole family. Walk through Santa’s Wonderland and the friendly elves will take you through the snowy grotto to meet Santa. Every child gets a gift and a fun activity pack. Santa’s reindeer will also be there from 27th November. Book online on the Stewarts Garden Center website.
Stewarts Abbey Garden Centre, Mill Lane, Titchfield, Fareham PO15 5RB
This year why not celebrate the festive season with your favourite cartoon characters, Peppa and George?! Paulton’s Park is renowned for their amazing Grotto each Christmas and with it opening from 24th November until Christmas Eve, you’ve got plenty of time to book your whole family in for a brilliant day out. You will be greeted by festive Elves, enjoy the wonders of the Christmas Wonderland which include moving scenery, the toy factory, snow and music. Once you’ve made your way through here you will get the chance to meet the man himself and each child will receive a gift.
Elf School at Sneaky Dog Escapes
Try something different this Christmas and enjoy a physical escape adventure room that is perfect for the whole family. Great for younger players, this is all about escaping the fun and playful Elf School. it puts the whole family right in the action and helps you to learn how to become the very best Christmas elf.
Work together to solve the problems and have fun! Perfect for all ages and abilities. Prices start from £20 per person and it normally lasts for about hour to an hour and a half. Under sevens are free.
Sneaky Dog Escapes, 40 Victoria Rd, Woolston, Southampton SO19 9DX.
Eastleigh Steam Train Trip at Lakeside Country Park
Come and enjoy a day out at Lakeside Country Park and a trip with Santa on the trains. Ride around the park and receive a gift from Santa when you get back. Prices start at £9.50 for adults and £11.50 for children. Please book in advance.
Lakeside Country Park, Wide Ln, Eastleigh SO50 5PD
The Watercress Line
Every year the Watercress Line host a fantastic Christmas steam train for the whole family to enjoy. Steam Illuminations is a unique Christmas experience which lights up the trains like you wouldn’t believe! Enjoy all the festive fun that will enhance the Christmas fun! Please check their website for times and bookings.
The Watercress Line, the Railway Station, Station Road, New Alresford SO24 9JG.
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Kids Christmas Craft Workshop
SATURDAY, 4 DECEMBER 2021 FROM 11am – 15pm
Join us the Swan Centre throughout December as they host a series of crafting workshops for kids, in partnership with Bellacrafts. No booking is necessary.
The Swan Centre, Eastleigh
Sea Life Play Centre
Sea Life Play Centre is a great place for under 5s to play and be creative. If you are looking for a great Christmas party then here it is! Christmas Parties start on the 1st December, running Monday to Friday, £15 per child. They last two and a half hours with one and a half hours being playtime and one hour in the Christmas Grotto. Every ticket comes with a cold buffet (adult food £5 extra). Please remember to book online as time are limited.
Sea Life Play Centre, Civic Centre Rd Marlands Shopping Centre, Southampton SO14 7SJ
TibyLidz – Christmas Party
Thursday 23rd December 202, 10am – 12pm
Have fun, play games, dance and win prizes in this fun Christmas party. Present, drink, and snack. Mulled wine for grown-ups. £10 per child. Book online at TibyLidz Facebook page.
Colden Common Community Centre, St Vigor Way, Colden Common SO21 1UU.