It is that time of year again and Southampton is a magical place to be during the Christmas period. The streets come alive with glistening lights hung across the city centre, huge Christmas trees and enough festive activities and events for everyone looking to make their Christmas feel extra special this year.
Follow this page to discover what Southampton has to offer this year from the Christmas Market and Theatre shows to late-night shopping times and special Christmas events.
When? 21st, 22nd , 23rd of November at 6pm
Join us for a Christmas spectacle in the city as we celebrate Southampton's past, present and future.
This year we will be bringing the iconic Bargate to life through a spectacular projection mapping visual experience.
Using the latest technology watch as the Bargate moves with each story. Join our Christmas Giant and the legendary Sir Bevois as they regale tales of Southampton’s past, present and what the future holds!
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Returning once again to Southampton is the ever popular Christmas Market. With over 40 independent stalls offering a vast range of unique and hand-made gifts as well as some delicious seasonal food and drink.
The chalets are open every day from the 14th of November to the 23rd of December from 10am to 8pm and the bars stay open until 10pm.
This Christmas Market also offers something that no other UK Christmas Market does – a flying Santa! Yes that’s right, Santa himself takes to the skies over the city centre right above the Christmas Market for all to enjoy.
There are two Flying Santa shows every day:
Monday - Saturday: 5pm and 7pm
Sundays: 4pm and 6pm
Each show lasts approximately 15 minutes, subject to weather conditions. After each of his performances, Santa visits the market and gives sweets to the children at the huge Advent Calendar - provided they have been good!
For more information visit www.xmasfestival.com.
Southampton is proud to be steeped in theatre and art and we know how to put on a good show at Christmas! With two major theatres, three cinemas and lots of independent venues the city has live performances everywhere you go. Below are a few to get you started:
Peter Pan at The Mayflower Theatre
14th December - 5th January
The swashbuckling magic of Peter Pan swoops into Mayflower Theatre this festive season, in an unmissable, high-flying pantomime adventure that you and your Darlings will love. Starring Marti Pellow, Darren Day, Jaymi Hensley and The Grumbleweeds.
See mayflower.org.uk for more details.
CinderELLA: The Musical at NST City
23rd November – 5th January
Cinders feels old before her time and Ella feels like she’s running out of time. Throw in the reopening of the Midnight Ballroom, a not so charming Prince and two nasty step-nieces and you’ve got yourself A CinderELLA story: The musical remix.
Suitable for ages 5+.
Visit nstheatres.co.uk to book.
Jack & His Beanstalk @ The Stage Door
November 28th - December 29th
The Stage Door presents Southampton Naughtiest Adult Panto: Jack & His Beanstalk. Don't miss this hilarious and saucy night out. Perfect for Christmas work nights out and festive celebrations.
To find out more and book visit https://thestagedoor.org.uk.
21st December -5th January
Join in the festive fun with the Southampton Christmas Time Trail, a free family walking trail. Tying in with the two fantastic pantomimes showing in the city: the Mayflower’s Cinderella and the Nuffield Southampton Theatre’s production of Peter Pan, trail attendees will need to find hidden clock clues using their map and claim their free prize!
Keep an eye out on our Facebook Page for more information and further updates.
If you are in need of some Christmas inspiration explore some of the #OurSouthampton blog posts to discover all things festive in Southampton.
Everyone loves a good deal or discount, especially at Christmas so we have pulled together some of the best offers for all things eating, drinking and shopping in Southampton.
If you are visiting from further afield to either come shopping, go skating or to simply explore the city then there are lots of travel options getting to Southampton and for getting around the city.
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 to find out all the options to help you plan your trip or visit this page to view a map of the carparks in the city.
When it comes to getting around the city, many of the main attractions and shopping areas are within walking distance to each other. If you don’t feel like walking, grab a taxi through Radio Taxis, West Quay Cars or Aero Taxis.