Hampshire is most definitely a county that comes alive at Christmas time. Towns flurry with special events such as markets, ice rinks, carol singers, and amazing food and drinks. Nothing screams ‘Tis the Season’ more than stepping out into the crisp cold hair being surrounded by the strong scents of roasted chestnuts, sweets and tipple with the echoing sounds of Wham circulating within the background. Hampshire Christmas markets are a great excuse for those wanting a short weekend getaway! Travelling around Hampshire with the loved ones, while getting into the Christmas spirit… is there anything better? Even more, why not make the most of your festive Christmas stay and book a serviced studio apartment? This way, you can enjoy more than one glass of mulled wine, helping you to stay warm against the chill while minimising the risk of getting caught in the snow.
If, however, you are struggling to find something to do this year, or want to stock up the Instagram feed with the perfect Christmas settings, then continue reading to discover our top 6 Hampshire Christmas markets. Keep reading to discover more…
Winchester Christmas Market
This version of the traditional wonderland is regarded as one of the best in the whole of Europe, not just Hampshire. Situated alongside the stunning architect of Winchester Cathedral, coupled with an atmosphere like no other, the Winchester Christmas market is one, not one to be missed!
The market is surrounded by stalls that supply festive visitors with local goods and true British crafts, the Winchester Wonderland promises to make a truly festive day out enjoyable for the whole family. Even better, why not don a pair of boots, taking to the ice to skate upon the Winchester Christmas markets very own ice rink, while soaking in the dazzling light decorations and larger than life Christmas tree while humming your favourite Christmas carols.
Why not take a trip to Portsmouth this Christmas and travel to the heart of the city centre where an array of beautiful wooden cabins will be erected, dishing out some of the finest, festive Christmas snacks to the markets’ visitors.
When visiting the Portsmouth Christmas market, here you can find some of the most delicious hot food around. From Oriental Asian cuisine, authentic Greek dishes and locally made, homemade sweets such as fudge and caramel. Not to mention the British traditional carvery, served with piping hot gravy, the perfect fuel for those spending a relaxing evening shopping at the many stalls on a bitterly festive cold Christmas night. Why not, perhaps enjoy scouring the shops with a few glasses of mulled wine from the selection of welcoming bars, getting perfectly into the Christmas spirit with the loved ones and friends.
This Hampshire Christmas market is not just about food or drink, however. Here the customers can purchase personalised stockings, decorations and even Christmas trees! The perfect place to buy Christmas trinkets and goodies to give as gifts.
For one day only, Petersfield will be hosting its very own Christmas festival, on December 1st. For those visiting from the surrounding area and beyond, the Petersfield Christmas market will host an array of themed stalls selling everything from trinkets and charming little gifts for friends and family. Not to mention the beautiful carol singers, live music, and day-long children entertainment, helping to create the best day possible for the whole family.
And the best part, Santa will be there in his grotto, greeting the families that step into his magical wonderland! So, be sure to be on your best behaviour and make it onto the good list for a festive and merry Christmas.
So, why not pop along the Petersfield Christmas market in Hampshire, the perfect day-long event for the whole family. And enjoy some food, drinks, entertainment, and even some carnival rides for both young and old alike.
Southampton Christmas Market
Experience the joy of a German Christmas market at home here in Southampton and visit the Southampton Christmas market in the centre of the city. Located outside West Quays shopping centre, this market features craft stalls, festive German foods and even carol singers to keep the visitors entertained while conducting their Christmas shopping.
Taking place until the 23rd December, the Southampton Christmas market makes a welcoming introduction to those shoppers popping into the town centre to pick up some last-minute presents.
With Artisan food stalls available and handmade gifts available, the Southampton Christmas Festival is run by Wela Märkte, a German Christmas Market Company spreading goodwill and joy to shoppers across Europe.
What makes this Hampshire Christmas market so spectacular is the flying Santa, soaring high above the streets. Sitting upon his sledge, Santa and his reindeer are the UK’s only flying Santa, promising instant Christmas cheer and exciting children of all ages.
Wickham Christmas Market
Another top Hampshire Christmas Market, but one we are sure that you have yet to hear about, the Wickham Christmas market is one not to be missed. With over 60 stallholders surrounding attending the fair, a cafe serving the most scrumptious Christmas treats and a stage hosting some festive, feet bopping Christmas acts, get down to the Wickham Christmas Market as quickly as possible.
Exciting the inner child within, at the Wickham Christmas market, you can admire the beautiful forest scenery, listening to the wind whirling and transporting the calming sounds of carols and the scents of the flavourful spiced food.
Children will love visiting the grotto and meeting Santa for themselves, while the arts and crafts area, allows kids to try something new and make a homemade festive gift for proud family members.
New Forest Christmas Fair
Surrounded by some of the most spectacular, scenic views, Hampshire’s New Forest National Park promises ultimate festivity for those wanting to dial up the Christmas cheer. Looking even more magical with a thin layer of snow and a glistening of frost, the New Forest is home to a selection of Hampshire Christmas markets that you will not want to avoid.
With wonderfully decorated stalls and Christmas lights scattered around the woodland, visiting a New Forest Christmas market is one of the best ways to get into the Christmas spirit. Wrap up in a hat, thick scarf and a set of gloves, the cold air will be the perfect partner for those enjoying roasted chestnuts and warm mulled wine.
Whether you choose to visit the Victorian Christmas event at Beaulieu to discover how Christmas was experienced by the original Montagu family, or the Bombay Sapphire Distillery Christmas Market to purchase sweet and charming gifts that we be adored by all, you are sure to have a joyful Christmas in the New Forest.
Running through November and December, when visiting the New Forest this Christmas you are sure to find a Christmas Market suited to your own individual needs, helping to spark that Christmas joy.
With so much going on in and around Hampshire this Christmas, there shouldn’t be a day where you and the family are not feeling the true Christmas spirit! With Christmas markets, shopping, ice skating rinks and enough food and tipple to help gain a few pounds, stay entertained this Christmas and visit one of our 6 recommend Christmas markets in Hampshire.
Recommend for all Christmas lovers and those wanting to stock up on unique and one of a kind Christmas presents, get out and travel around Hampshire, visiting our recommended Christmas markets.
Along with sipping a well-deserved glass of mulled wine, listening to carols, you can also see the beautiful cities and villages that make up the wonderful county of Hampshire.
Discover how each individual town or city celebrates Christmas for itself and find a new sense of appreciation for this thoughtful and giving time of year and get out and about this Christmas.
So, grab a glass of Eggnog, stop at your favourite homemade fudge shop and enjoy a carol or two at our top Hampshire Christmas markets.
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