Visit Southampton is partnering up with IKEA to spread some Christmas joy to those that need it most and they need you!

Help us bring some festive cheer to the local young people and children who need it most. Here's how you can get involved:

1) Grab your friends or family, or go solo, and visit our Christmas cuddle bench or festive mistletoe 

2) Take a selfie or picture! We want you to show us the love, so pucker up or blow the camera a kiss! 

3) Upload your photos to your Instagram feed using #1000kisses and tagging Visit Southampton (@visit_soton). We will share your photos on our Instagram stories

4) The best bit? For every photo uploaded IKEA will donate a gift to the Southampton Toy Appeal. Just make sure to post your photos on Instagram before 19th December to be counted.

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Want to win big this year?

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Fancy winning yourself a tasty prize from IKEA?

Use #IKEASouthampton on your mistletoe photos and be entered into a prize draw to win a £200 IKEA gift card!

Winners announced in January and will be contacted via Visit Southampton.

#1000Kisses cuddle benches and mistletoe locations

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Carlton Place Cuddle Bench

You will find this cuddle bench in Carlton Place across from Gaia Health Store.

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Westquay South Cuddle Bench

You will find this cuddle bench directly across from L'Osteria as you make your way to Westquay South.

Photo by KLC photography.

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IKEA Southampton Mistletoe

The Mistletoe bench is located on level 4 opposite the customer lift and restaurant.

Southampton Christmas Toy Appeal

The Southampton Christmas Toy Appeal is in its 35th year! 

Organised by Southampton City Council and Westquay, the Toy Appeal calls on kind-hearted members of the community, businesses, and charities to donate toys for children of all ages from 0-18 who are supported by Southampton children’s services.

The Toy Appeal is open for donations between 17th November - 21st December. Find out more about the Toy Appeal here. For a full list of drop-off locations go here. 

Full Terms & Conditions 

  • Qualifying posts must be uploaded to Instagram feeds/grids, tagging Visit Southampton and using the hashtag #1000kisses
  • IKEA Southampton will donate up to 1000 gifts suitable for children aged 0 - 18 for the Southampton Christmas Toy Appeal
  • By uploading your photos, you are agreeing that they will be shared on the Visit Southampton/GO! Southampton channels 
  • To be entered into the prize draw the photo must be under the festive mistletoe in IKEA and use the hashtag #IKEASouthampton and #1000kisses. One entry per account. 
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