What’s on in Portsmouth in December

There’s always so much happening in Portsmouth in December, so here’s our roundup of some must-do activities and events:

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Hot Walls Christmas Markets

When: Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th December

Head down to Old Portsmouth for a weekend of festive fun! Resident artist will open their studios as well as the grounds being turned into a market square. Live music and mulled wine aplenty!

Visit their Facebook event for more info

Castle Road Christmas Market

When: Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th December

“Castle Road will host not one but 2 Christmas Markets this winter! We are now taking advantage of the new pedestrianised area of the street. We will be holding two exclusive markets within the new closure. This event is FREE and open to everyone..”

Visit their Facebook event for more info

Burlesque by the Sea

When: Friday 2nd December

An fun filled evening of escapism including drag, burlesque, variety and Cabaret at Staggeringly Good Brewery.

Visit their Facebook page for information and tickets

Southsea Beachwatch – Beach Clean

When: Saturday 3rd December

Their last arranged beach clean of 2022 – 10am meet at The Rock Garden / The Briny

Visit their Facebook page for updates

Three Cheers for Christmas onboard HMS Warrior

When: Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th December

From 11am – 4:30pm: “Travel back to the 1860s and join in a festive, immersive experience, as the crew of HMS Warrior prepares for Christmas on the ship.” Suitable for all ages.

Visit their website for more information

‘The News’ carol service at St Marys Church

When: Friday 9th December, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
“Join us in celebrating the Christmas Story with Christingles, choirs from local schools, and “The News”.”

More information on their website

Staggeringly Good Christmas Market

When: Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th December

Local brewery Staggeringly Good are putting on their second annual Christmas Market. Expect street food, Christmas gifts, craft beers, wines and lots of live entertainment including a brass band, live acts, and a retro arcade. Free to enter, and all ages welcome.

Visit their Facebook event for more info

Santa Visits Baffins

When: Saturday 10th December

Sessions at 12pm-1:30pm, and at 2:30pm – 4pm. Only £2 per child. More information on their Facebook event.

Pitt Street Skatepark grand opening

When: Saturday 10th December

Opening at 10am! Follow their Facebook page or visit their website for session times.

Portsmouth Museum Festive Christmas Market

When: Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th December

From 11am – 4pm both days, come along and see a variety of local sellers will be here offering items including handmade silver jewellery, beautiful ceramics, local historical books, fantastic art prints and greetings cards

Visit their Facebook event for more info

Portsmouth Freelancers Christmas Party

When: Thursday 15th December

An office party for those without an office! If you’re a creative type or freelancer in Portsmouth, then grab your ticket for only £15. There will be party tunes, a pizza buffet, unlimited interactive darts and shuffeboard, and a free Christmas gift for each attendee.

Get your tickets here

Love Southsea Market – Palmerston Road

When: Every Saturday & Sunday in December

Lot’s of local traders selling wares every Saturday & Sunday in December down Palmerston Road.

More information about Love Southsea markets

Christmas Market – Commercial Road

When: Every day from 10am to 7pm.

Grab a bite to eat at the Bratwurst swing grill, Christmas carvery, or Spanish churro hut, or stop for a drink at their indoor heated bar. You can also get lots of personalised christmas gifts.

Visit their Facebook page

Santa Experience at Spinnaker Tower

When: Saturdays & Sundays: 3rd/4th 10th/11th 17th/18th, Monday – Saturday 19th/20th/21st/22nd/23rd/24th 

“Santa returns to the Spinnaker Tower this Christmas, join his mischievous elves for fun and games, write your letter to Santa, receive a special gift, and enjoy the incredible views from Spinnaker Tower in this uplifting Christmas experience.”

Visit website to book

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Winter Lodge at the Queens Hotel

When: runs until Sunday 1st January 2023

“Constructed in the hotel’s garden, the Winter Lodge will be the perfect place to meet up with friends and family for a cosy get together.”

Check out their events listing and book here

Portsmouth on Ice

When: runs until 8th January 2023

Sunday – Wednesday 10am to 8pm, Thursday – Saturday 10am to 9:15pm

Book your session online here

Photo credit: Portsmouth on Ice

Cinderella – Panto at Kings Theatre

When: Friday 2nd – Saturday 31st December

“The much loved Pompey Panto is back with tickets from as little as £10!

Don’t miss this year’s fun filled magical Pantomime ‘Cinderella’.”

Book tickets here

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