Events

When: From 30 November 2018 until 02 December 2018, 10:00 - 18:00
Location: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Categories: Family Events , Special Events , Autumn Days Out

Want to visit a Christmas festival like no other? Portsmouth Historic Dockyard comes alive this festive season with markets, stalls and entertainment for all the family from 30th November to 2nd December (10am - 6pm).

A Portsmouth Christmas market with a difference
The Festival of Christmas is back bigger and better than before with a new name - The Dickens Christmas Festival. Celebrate all things Charles Dickens with classic Christmas tales including A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations, David Copperfield, Oliver Twist and The Old Curiousity Shop. Feel the essence of these novels when you walk across snow-covered cobbles and authentic decoration from the period. Plus, watch the parade of the characters at the end of each day - back by popular demand!

As if lifted from one of Charles Dickens' books, enjoy wonderful stalls filled with artisan bakes and cakes, homemade crafts and vintage clothes that you'll absolutely love.

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!

Festive family favourites return
Our annual event wouldn't be complete without our festive family favourites making a welcome return. Fagin’s Tavern is back in the Spiegeltent, our traditional Father Christmas dressed in green and street performers galore. Plus enjoy a tipple of two in our brand new Gin & Prosecco Parlour.

Christmas events in Hampshire don’t get much bigger than this – so get your early bird tickets before 31 October.

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The Dickens Christmas Festival