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What's on this December in Hampshire

PUBLISHED: 17:22 25 November 2019 | UPDATED: 17:32 25 November 2019

Enjoy a festive candlelit tour of The Vyne stately home in Basingstoke this December. Photo credit Amanda Lewis/GettyImages/iStockphoto

Enjoy a festive candlelit tour of The Vyne stately home in Basingstoke this December. Photo credit Amanda Lewis/GettyImages/iStockphoto


We round up some of the best events and things to do across Hampshire this month

Discover weekly events and photography in the links above

Festival of Christmas

The cobbled dockyard will be transformed into a lively harbourside Victorian market with more than 100 colourful stalls, a host of beloved characters, including St Nick in traditional green robes, and hair-raising circus performances.

- When: 1 December

- Where: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Christmas Fables

This quintessential country house will be sumptuously decorated to illustrate Aesop's famous tales, inspired by a beautiful copy of the book that belonged to former owner Ralph Dutton. Look out for a themed trail through the gardens.

- When: 2 December

- Where: Hinton Ampner, near Alresford

Mr Charles Dickens presents A Christmas Carol

European Arts Company returns with a heart-warming evening in the presence of the author himself. Actor John O'Connor recreates Dickens' famous performance of his best-loved ghost story.

- When: 3 December

- Where: The Lights, Andover

Christmas at Marwell

Enter a curious world of topsy-turvy delights with an Alice in Wonderland fairy tale theme. With refreshments fit for the Queen of Hearts, a tea party and tale with Mother Christmas and an elf workshop, plus that all important date with Father Christmas.

- When: 4 December

- Where: Marwell Zoo, Winchester

Festive candlelit house tours

Take a journey into 500 years of history at The Vyne, including rare 16th-century interiors. With mulled wine and mince pies to warm the spirits.

- When: 5 December

- Where: The Vyne, Basingstoke

Christmas Murder Mystery Dinner

In We Wish You A Merry Murder the award-winning Southampton-based dinner theatre company MurderedforMoney, mixes together dinner theatre with the magic of panto.

- When: 6 Friday

- Where: Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Southampton

Festive Farmers Market

Browse more than 20 stalls from local producers and Hampshire Fare members including Raimes Sparkling Wine, ChalkStream, Hampshire Real Bread Company, and Moonroast Coffee. Santa and his sleigh will also be in attendance courtesy of Winchester Round Table Charitable Trust.

- When: 7 December

- Where: Newhouse Farms, Alresford

Mulled Wine Weekend

Expect live entertainment, wassailing, children's crafts, Christmas shopping and of course, the drink of the festive season, mulled wine!

Gilbert White's House,

- When: 8 December

- Where: Alton

John Barrowman - A Fabulous Christmas

Enjoy songs from John's new album A Fabulous Christmas plus stories from his life and career covering 30 years on stage and screen.

- When: 9 December

- Where: Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth

Christmas with Tenors Un Limited

Enjoy seasonal favourites, classic arias and well-known pop songs plus musical showstoppers from the group dubbed the Rat Pack of Opera. They will also perform their chart-topping hit Who is He?

- When: 10 December

- Where: Theatre Royal Winchester

Festive Afternoon Tea

Enjoy blended teas, homemade sandwiches, cakes and scones in the beautifully decorated lounges of the luxury country house hotel.

- When: 11 December

- Where: Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens, Hook

Winchester Cathedral Christmas market and ice rink

Peruse more than 100 attractive wooden chalets boasting a wide range of Christmas goodies including British crafts, decorations and bespoke items, as well as seasonal food and drink. Then get your skates on for a whizz around the covered ice rink.

- When: 12 December

- Where: Winchester Cathedral

An Enchanted Christmas with the Flower Fairies

Enjoy a magical Christmas at Mottisfont, inspired by the Winter Flower Fairies. Witness rooms beautifully decorated to reflect the natural winter landscape the fairies inhabit, marvel at exquisite original artwork by Cicely Mary Barker in the gallery, and outside discover hidden fairy dwellings.

- When: 13 December

- Where: Mottisfont, near Romsey SO51 0LP

Christmas Chocolate Making

Join professional chocolatiers Chocolate Craft and make your own handcrafted goodies using high quality chocolate and a fine range of ingredients for flavouring.

- When: 14 December

- Where: Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop

Discover your crafty side at this intimate little 20th-century chapel. You will be shown how to create a wreath, including wiring fir cones and cinnamon sticks, be given tips about working with oasis and learn about different types of greenery.

- When: 15 December

- Where: Sandham Memorial Chapel, Burghclere

The Spitfire Sisters Christmas Special

Christmas is The Spitfire Sisters' favourite time of year. Their unmistakable vocal harmonies, vintage styling and wonderful band performing festive songs both old and new promise to warm you better than a glass of mulled wine.

- When: 16 December

- Where: NST Campus, Southampton

The Scummy Mummies' Christmas Show

Donning brand-new cat-suits, comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson are back to talk about the highs and lows of Christmas and give stressed out mums of Winchester a break this festive season. Brace yourself for scummy carols, scummy Santa stories, yuletide sketches, festive jokes - and more.

- When: 17 December

- Where: Theatre Royal Winchester

Stick Man

Don't miss Freckle Productions' touching, funny and utterly original adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's Stick Man. Featuring a trio of top actors, this award-winning production is bursting with puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.

- When: 18 December

- Where: The Berry Theatre, Southampton

The Lock In Christmas Carol

Join the BBC award-winning Demon Barbers for this part gig, part dance show and part panto! It's Christmas Eve and the regulars of The Olde Fighting Cocks are excited about the dance party ahead, but landlady Jasmineezer Scrooge has other ideas. Can Christmas be saved?

- When: 19 December

- Where: The Haymarket, Basingstoke

Christmas cabaret cafÉ with dusty limits

Head to the gallery and enjoy an intimate Christmas cabaret served with a light festive menu of nibbles from The Spring's cafe.Join Dusty, a trailblazer of the UK cabaret scene, for a hilarious, dark and sometimes offensive take on Christmas. Expect Christmas cheer washed down with shots of sarcasm and wit. Perfect 
for cynics!

- When: 20 December

- Where: The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant

It's a Wonderful Life

A touching festive film that never ages. James Stewart stars as George Bailey who has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all. But a visit from his guardian angel shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life in his community would be without him.

- When: 22 December

- Where: The Kings Theatre, Southsea

Father Christmas' Flying Visit

Father Christmas and his magical team of owls will be stopping at the Hawk Conservancy Trust for one night only. This special family event includes a magical owl flying display, Christmas crafts, festive storytelling, a hot supper and a gift for all children.

- When: 23 December

- Where: The Hawk Conservancy Trust, Andover

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