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Top three Hampshire Christmas markets

Christmas markets are the best way to start preparing for the festive season. Step out into the winter air to explore your favourite Hampshire places to go with some extra Christmas sparkle.

The Christmas markets are perfect for short breaks in Hampshire, take a relaxing weekend trip to get yourself into the festive spirit. Pick up some gifts for family and friends, treat yourself to mulled wine and mince pies and take home some local produce. Cook up a storm in your self catering cottage with the added feelgood factor of supporting local businesses. 

Throughout the year there are plenty of Hampshire food festivals and fetes but nothing compares to a free day out at a classic Christmas market to get you into the spirit.

What’s on in Hampshire through November and December:

Winchester Winter Wonderland

The Winter Wonderland is regarded as one of the best Christmas markets in Europe, mainly for its unique location next to Winchester Cathedral. The atmospheric location coupled with a brilliant array of stalls focussing on local products, artisan food and British crafts makes for a really festive day out in one of Hampshire’s prettiest towns.

Dickens Christmas festival

Find this festival in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, the perfect place to peruse some Christmas treasures. Pick out some gifts for friends and family, try a local tipple, follow the Sherlock Holmes mystery trail and squeeze in an #ElfieSelfie. This is a busy day out for anyone visiting Hampshire at the beginning of December.

Beaulieu Victorian Christmas

Not strictly a Christmas market but a lovely seasonal day out at a popular family attraction. Visit the Victorian Montagu family home to see how the family would have prepared for Christmas in 1889. Join in with carol singing, Christmas crafts, watch the cook prepare food for Christmas dinner and pose in front of the life-size gingerbread house.


If you love getting festive in Hampshire, stay in a holiday cottage for Christmas.

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