Festival of Christmas 2019

A special event ticket is required

Visitors who hold a Full Navy Ticket are unable to use it to access the Victorian Christmas Festival. A seperate event ticket is required.

Celebrate 20 years of Christmas magic

Travel back in time to a bygone era, where classic characters welcome you to a world of festive cheer, as you enjoy one of the south’s finest Christmas festivals. The Victorian Christmas Festival returns in 2019 from 29 November - 1 December 2019 from 10am - 6pm. 

Celebrate our 20th anniversary as you treat yourself to some well-earned retail therapy in our Christmas markets, meet Victorian street performers, a traditional green Father Christmas and so much more!

Early bird tickets are now available to buy online now.

Watch: Follow the magic

When twilight descends on the dockyard, characters from yesteryear appear as you’re taken on a magical journey through time just before Christmas begins…

Follow the magic this season at The Victorian Christmas Festival as you let your little one’s imagination run wild. Make new friends, try new family activities and enjoy this special time of year together.

This year, we’re welcoming the wonderful world of circus to the dockyard, in between all your favourite additions including classic characters, market stalls, fabulous sideshows and incredible entertainment.

Meet Father Christmas in his grotto

Top picks for Friday

Meet festival favourite Father Christmas as you visit his glorious grotto decorated in seasonal fayre and evergreen garlands. One by one, meet his friendly elf assistant as you move on through to his workshop.

The court welcomes Europe's infamous jester, Peterkin who will start proceedings with hilarity galore. Bringing party tricks and games to the main stage, see how this legendary character brings traditional comedy from times gone by to brighten up your day.

Our recommendation

If you would like to experience a quieter day at the Victorian Christmas Festival, Friday provides all the best bits of what you love but at a quieter time. You'll see all your favourite characters (including the Friday exclusive, Peterkin the Jester).

3 reasons to go

    1. Meet Father Christmas in his grotto
    2. Relax in the Tightrope Tavern
    3. Visit the Neptune Girls on HMS Warrior
See HMS Warrior on a day out in Portsmouth

Top picks for Saturday

The circus has rolled into town as you have a go at our special workshops inside Action Stations. Meet a fire breather, incredible acrobats and sideshows galore as you watch magical moments together.

Mr Alexanders Travelling Show returns – a firm family favourite sees him juggling swords, balancing on chairs and even telling a joke or two. Meet the Neptune Girls onboard HMS Warrior for a show like no other.

Our recommendation

Of course, no Victorian Christmas Festival would be complete without our gorgeous Christmas market. Enjoy festive foodstuffs and a tipsy tipple from boutique producers dressed with seasonal decoration.

3 reasons to go

    1. Visit the all-new Love Southsea market
    2. Watch Victorian choirs at our snow scene
    3. Explore the Mary Rose Museum
See HMS Warrior on a day out in Portsmouth

Top picks for Sunday

The Victorian Christmas Festival welcomes the greatest stallholders from across the UK selling beautfiul trinkets and tasty treats you'll just love.

From hand crafted leather bags to fragrant festive wreaths, you'll be inspired by the delightfully Christmas feeling that comes with browsing 120 stalls selling food, drink and everything in between. 

Our recommendation

For the final day, head into the warmth of HMS Warrior and discover The Neptune Girls and Madame Loella as she introduces you to a caberet show like no other. Pick up a mulled wine, a traditional festive snack and relax as you watch this incredible show.

3 reasons to go

    1. Walk down Pudding Lane for festive foodstuffs
    2. Take a ride on the carousel
    3. Enjoy a wintery ride on a harbour tour

Get your early bird tickets and save big!

For a day out at Hampshire's best Christmas event, early bird tickets are the easiest way to save big online for you and your family. We offer adult, child, concession and family festival tickets - perfect for making your day out the most festive yet.

There are three dates to choose from: Friday 29 November, Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December.

All tickets include the early bird discount rate which ends on 31 October. Be quick and make the most of this incredible online discount now. 

 Ticket description Early bird
Victorian Christmas Festival Adult  £15.50 £17.00
Victorian Christmas Festival Child/Student £13.50 £15.00
Victorian Christmas Festival Concession (65+) £15.00 £16.50
Victorian Christmas Festival Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £43.00 £47.00



Does my Full Navy Ticket give me access to the event?

In short, no. You need to purchase an additional Victorian Christmas Festival ticket through our website. This can be done easily by selecting one of the tickets above.


What attractions are included in the Victorian Christmas Festival ticket?

All attractions located in Portsmouth will be open during the event. This includes the Mary Rose Museum during the Victorian Christmas Festival only. The only attraction that will not be open is Explosion Museum in Gosport alongside our waterbus service. If you would like to visit the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport, please seek alternative transport to the museum. 


Can I bring my dog onto the site?

As we're a Royal Navy base, we do not allow dogs on-site except assistance dogs. 

Plan your visit guide

Get the most out of your day with our dedicated event guide. Learn how to get to the event, catering options and more. 

Become a trader

Learn how you can join us at the Victorian Christmas Festival as a trader - the south's premier Christmas event.

Straight to the tickets

Get ahead and book early bird tickets online before the 31 October when prices increase. Book now and save!


Get your early bird tickets for 2019 

Celebrate 20 years of Christmas magic at The Victorian Christmas Festival 2019.

Buy early bird tickets