Visitors from across Hampshire and beyond love the lively harbour-side market full of colourful stalls and familiar Victorian characters. For the first time, the circus rolls into town as a new set of performances, sideshows and activities give visitors a fresh experience like never before. Here's what you can expect at The Victorian Christmas Festival:
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Friday 29 November highlights
The opening day of the festival sees proceedings get underway with exclusive performances from Peterkin the madcap jester, who will bring party tricks and games to the main stage, brightening up everyone’s day with some traditional comedy.
Grown-ups can enjoy a warming tipple in the ‘Queen Victoria Tavern’, aspiring Santa’s little helpers will be able to visit Father Christmas’ grotto, explore the elf’s workshop and receive a special festive gift* (*additional fee required for gift).
Saturday 30 November highlights
The circus rolls into town, with a series of circus workshops taking place inside Action Stations and opportunities to enjoy side shows, watch incredible acrobats and even meet a fire breather!
There’s plenty more entertainment available too with Mr Alexander’s Travelling Show - featuring sword juggling, chair balancing and a steady stream of jokes - as well as choirs treating the crowds to plenty of festive favourites.
Sunday 1 December highlights
With over 100 stalls selling everything from hand-crafted stocking fillers to traditional festive treats, there’s plenty of shopping to be done on the final day of the festival.
Visitors can take in a wonderful cabaret show by the Neptune Girls aboard HMS Warrior, take a ride on the carousel or even take to the water and soak up the surroundings on a wintry harbour tour.
Throughout the festival, costumed characters will be roaming the site so visitors can expect to bump into a host of Victorian favourites including Scrooge and Bob Cratchit. Tickets include access to all the attractions on the main dockyard site including HMS Warrior and HMS Victory, plus for the duration of the Festival only, the Mary Rose Museum.
Explore The Victorian Christmas Festival
Visit the south's finest Christmas event this season at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Advanced tickets available now.