Festival of Christmas 2019

A big thank you to everyone who came to The Victorian Christmas Festival 2019!

The event is now over for another year and we thank every visitor and performer that made the 20th anniversary so magical!

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!

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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.

Read: The magical programme

See what's happening at The Victorian Christmas Festival when you visit with our dedicated event programme. This magical guide will start your day off the right way as you plan with expert precision. 

From dedicated zones to entertainment scheduling, you can find all the information you need to make the most of your day at the south's finest Christmas festival.

Take a look at our digital guide today and get that festive feeling we all love before you arrive.

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 madcap 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 Queen Victoria 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 tickets online now!

Enjoy The Victorian Christmas Festival at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for a day out at Hampshire's best Christmas event 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. A seperate event ticket is required to access the event. Full Navy Tickets or Any 1, Any 2 or Any 3 attraction tickets cannot be used.



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. 

Get your tickets online now

Get your tickets before the big day. Book online now!


Start your Christmas with festive fun 

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

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