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Christmas markets in Hampshire

PUBLISHED: 11:52 06 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:22 02 January 2018

Winchester Christmas Market by Herry Lawford (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) via flic.kr/p/NsQD7P

Winchester Christmas Market by Herry Lawford (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) via flic.kr/p/NsQD7P


With late-night shopping, fairs, Christmas markets and plenty of food and drink, we’ve rounded up some of the best festive offerings in Hampshire

Southampton - 11 November-23 December

Taking place on the Above Bar precinct and Bargate Street is this year’s Southampton Christmas Festival. With a traditional German market, expect alpine themed chalets, bratwurst, mulled wine and stein beer. There will be more than 40 stalls selling authentic hand-made gifts.

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Winchester - 20 November-22 December

Each year thousands head to this internationally-acclaimed market and ice rink. There are over 100 stalls offering Christmas goodies, decorations, bespoke items and some mouth-watering food and drink. Expect a bustling atmosphere and high quality exhibitors.

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Portsmouth - 1-3 December

This Victorian Festival of Christmas runs from 10am-5pm each day where there will be over 150 stalls selling gifts. Head to Fagin’s Tavern for a traditional Christmas cake and more winter warmers. Keep an eye out for Father Christmas, dressed in traditional green colours.

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Petersfield - 3 December

From 10am to 3.30pm, Petersfield will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland with stalls, entertainment from local schools and Santa himself making an appearance.


Alton - 3 December

Hundreds of stalls take over the High Street, Assembly Rooms and Community Centre with crafts, local produce and more on sale. There will be an entertainment zone, a giant snow globe and even a nativity petting zoo. The Christmas lights will be switched on at 3pm.



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