The Dickens Christmas Festival


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 from the 30 November to the 2 December 2018.

Get your tickets before 31 October at early-bird prices!

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Meet Dickensian characters from yesteryear 

This year we're celebrating Portsmouth-born Charles Dickens, seen by some as the father of the modern Christmas! Meet characters from Mr. Dickens' most famous novels including Oliver Twist, The Old Curiosity Shop, Great Expectations, David Copperfield, and A Christmas Carol. 

Meet the fearsome Miss Havisham or the grumpy Mr Scrooge - you might even spot the legendary author himself. Test your knowledge of Charles Dickens and his literary works in our special quiz.

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Shopping at Christmas Festival

Find the perfect Christmas gift from local artisans 

Treat yourself to some well-earned retail therapy as you browse our Christmas markets. We're bringing you brand new markets for 2018, including a Kids' market and the Hampshire Makers market - a celebration of local handmade talent!

With over 100 stalls selling fine hand-crafted gifts and curiosities, you’ll find the perfect stocking-fillers or best big gifts for your loved ones.

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Explore the exciting
Old Curiousity Shop

We’re bringing our very own Curiosity Shop to the Dickens Christmas Festival but some have gotten loose! Can you find all the festive characters in time before Christmas ends? See if you can spot The Living Snow Globe – the most curious object of them all, as she wanders around the Historic Dockyard. 

She'll often be seen near snowy areas and loves being the centre of attention. Can you try and get a picture with her? Try and make her smile - it won't be easy! 



Get your early bird tickets today for less

Enjoy the south's largest Christmas festival with our special rate when you book before 31 October. 

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