We love seeing Southampton filled with Christmas cheer again this year. From late-night shopping and delicious dining to sensational shows and family-friendly events, we're here to help you plan your Christmas here in Southampton. 

Be sure to check back here soon for all the latest festive happenings!

Countdown to Christmas

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Ready to kick off the festive season? Our Countdown to Christmas event will return this November, back bigger than ever! We look forward to celebrating with everyone once again to enjoy all that the season has to offer. Click here to learn more.

Stay tuned for more details to follow soon.

Can't wait? Take a look at all the fun to be had at last year's event here.

Southampton Christmas Market

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See Above Bar Street transformed into an unmissable festive wonderland of fun and entertainment, complete with glittering lights, hot and refreshing drinks, delicious food, and alpine chalets with over 30 independent vendors offering unique hand-made gifts for a spot of Christmas shopping.

The market will also feature the UK's tallest Ferris wheel and a fantastic selection of exhilarating rides for the whole family to enjoy. Rumour has it that Santa himself will be making special weekend appearances to celebrate the holiday cheer.

Over at the Bargate, a spectacular light projection show will illuminate its historic walls every 30 minutes from 5 pm to 9:30 pm between 17th November to 24th December. It's an unforgettable Christmas experience not to be missed!

Southampton's free family walking trail

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We are thrilled to announce the return of our free family walking trail this year, complete with an exciting new storyline. We have two fresh routes for you to explore the city while hunting for clues. Can you unravel our Christmas mystery? The trail will run from 1st - 31st December. Visit our Christmas trail page here.

Check back here soon for more details to follow including the big reveal of this year's theme.

Travelling to Southampton

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It’s easy getting to and around the city. Whether you wish to travel by bus or ferry, there are plenty of options to plan a hassle-free journey, so you can focus on the festive fun. Southampton is a strong advocate of sustainable travel and we encourage you to walk or cycle where you can.

The city centre is just a 10-minute walk from Southampton Central train station and there are lots of car parks close by if you are travelling by car. Head to our Your Visit page for more details on all the options available, which will help you plan your trip.

You can view a map of the city's car parks here.

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