Festival Of Christmas

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Discover the magic of Christmas!

Travel back in time to a bygone era, where snowy Dickensian streets welcome you to a world of festive cheer, as you enjoy one of the south’s finest Christmas festivals.

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Find the perfect Christmas gift

Treat yourself to some well-earned retail therapy as you browse our Christmas market. With over 150 stalls selling fine hand-crafted gifts and curiosities, you’ll find the perfect present for loved ones. With festive spirits running high, take part in a sing-a-long with traditional Victorian street performers and musicians.


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Nutcracker Colouring Competition

Enter our festive colouring competition for a chance to win your own special visit with Father Christmas!

Anyone can enter, but children are strongly encouraged – winners will be picked at random once the competition closes.

To enter, simply send us your masterpiece before midnight on Thursday 23rd November. You can do that be either Tweeting a picture to us @PHDockyard or tagging us on Instagram @phdockyard – in either case, use the hashtag #NutcrackersInColour. Or you can email us a photo or scan to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Don’t forget to include the artists name and age. Happy colouring!

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A Festive Tipple or Two

Having had your fill of festive foodstuffs, why not take a breather and kick back in Fagin’s Tavern? It’s the perfect place for a treat or two, from traditional Christmas cakes to welcome winter warmers – the best accompaniment for any festive adventure. See the Edelweiss Bavarian Oompah Band, Old Sea Dogs and Shep Woolley & the Ansome Sea Buoys light up the stage with merriment and joy.

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Take the ultimate #ElfieSelfie

A trip to the Victorian Festival of Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a visit to see Father Christmas. Dressed in traditional green colours, you might be lucky enough to spot him walking through the Historic Dockyard. You’ll have to be quick though… Santa’s sleigh is ready to go. Capture the ultimate #ElfieSelfie and head on over to Facebook and Twitter to post it!

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Fagin's Tavern

Join us for a night of fun and laughter with comedians Zoe Lyons, Dane Baptiste, and Gary Delaney; as well as fantastic MC's Adrienne Cole and James Alderson.

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Victorian Christmas on HMS Warrior 1860

Enjoy a traditional Victorian Christmas celebration with carol singers, mulled wine & Christmas fayre. See the ship in festive garb and treat yourself to a magical night onboard with table entertainers & a ‘not quite’ Victorian disco to dance the night away. Perfect for parties of friends or how about joining us for your company Christmas event.

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Sea Shanties on HMS Warrior 1860

Enjoy a unique dining experience, eating at sailors mess tables surrounded by all of the fixtures and fittings of this Victorian warships’ massive gun deck. However you certainly won’t be napping in the hammocks as an evening of singing and entertainment provided by the infamous Shep Woolley and his merry crew will have you ‘reeling around the wheels’. Come along with friends or why not book in for a work party with a difference!

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