Festival of Christmas 2019

Your visit to The Victorian Christmas Festival

Find out all the information you need to make The Victorian Christmas Festival 2019 your best yet. Explore the areas you'll be able to discover during your visit and what's on throughout the Christmas festival. 

The festival is open from 10am - 6pm from the 29 November - 1 December with last admission at 5pm. 

If you haven't purchased a ticket just yet, there's still plenty of time to do so. Read our handy guide on what not to miss and how to make the most of your day out at the event. 

Travelling to Portsmouth

Discover the convenience of travelling to The Victorian Christmas Festival using different transport routes available through Portsmouth.


Travelling by road

Take the worry out of travelling in to the city and use Portsmouth Park and Ride which runs seven days a week and is situated on the M275 entrance to Portsmouth. Find out more at parkandride.portsmouth.gov.uk.

If you prefer to drive, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is less than 5 miles from Junction 12 of the M27, follow the brown and white signs to “Historic Dockyard” which will lead you to our nearest car park. If this car park is full there are others within close proximity at Gunwharf Quays and Havant Street. 

Go by train to the Christmas festival

Travelling by train

Portsmouth Harbour train station is just 200 metres from our entrance. Book in advance and enjoy peace of mind with South Western Railway. Enjoy the festive fun and travel from over 35 destinations including Guildford, Southampton & Woking. Discover Christmas with South Western Railway here


Travelling by coach

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is located next to Portsmouth Hard Interchange which is served by all major coach providers and bus companies. The attraction is only a short walk from the interchange with frequent services to and from London daily.

Travelling from the Isle of Wight

Choose from two Solent ferry operators if you plan to visit The Victorian Christmas Festival this season.


By Wightlink

Wightlink operates from the top of Ryde Pier Head and run services every half an hour at peak and every hour off peak. The crossing takes just 20 minutes and gets you into Portsmouth Harbour Station which is located next to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. 


By Hovertravel

Get to The Victorian Christmas Festival in quick time with Hovertravel. The crossing takes just 15 minutes to cross the Solent and is a stone's throw from the main entrance of the Historic Dockyard. Take the Hoverbus from outside the Southsea terminal to the event easily. It costs £1.70 for a single journey per child and £1.95 per adult. 

Our food and drinks suppliers

Discover fantastic caterers from across the UK providing our visitors with food and drink throughout the event.


Festive food stands galore

There is plenty to choose from when it comes to food & drink at the The Victorian Christmas Festival. We're bringing you tasty treats from a range of fantastic caterers.

Have a delicious pasty or traditional fish and chips. If you're looking for something more festive, take a bite out of delicious Yorkshire puddings or gorgeous bubble and squeak. 

We've got something for everyone at this year's event - even crepes and coffee. Take your time to enjoy what's on offer across the site for lunch or dinner. 


Your favourite on-site eateries

Rediscover your favourite on-site eateries and relax inside our lovely restaurants including The Warrior Café or inside Boathouse 4 Restaurant.

There's plenty to choose from including Costa Coffee inside the Visitor Centre or Boathouse 7. 

You can find many excellent cafés and restaurants that are open during the event - so why not find your perfect place? 


Something sweet and tasty

Alongside our catering partners and on-site eateries, head on over to one of the many Christmas markets and explore tastes from across the globe.

You can be eating cheese made in Hampshire or bilatong made from a secret family recipe, our collection of traders matches our taste for the traditional and exotic. 

Sample homemade delicacies or drink your favourite brew - you won't be short of things to try. 


Get your early bird tickets for 2019 

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

Buy early bird tickets