A Festive Voyage: Top 8 Things to Do in Portsmouth During Christmas

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Embark on a festive adventure right outside your doorstep. Portsmouth comes alive with Christmas spirit, and staying with Blue Puffin Stays means you’re in the midst of it all.

Wander through the historic streets adorned with twinkling lights, capturing the essence of a traditional English Christmas. The city’s cheerful ambience and vibrant decorations set the stage for a truly immersive holiday experience.

1. Victorian Festival of Christmas at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard:

Step back in time at the Victorian Festival of Christmas, hosted at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Roaming carol singers, street performers, and beautifully decorated streets evoke the magic of a bygone era. Explore the historic ships, shop for unique gifts, and savour seasonal treats for an authentic Victorian Christmas experience.

2. Southsea Christmas Lights Switch-On:

Witness the magical moment when Southsea’s Christmas lights are switched on, illuminating the streets with festive brilliance. The annual event features live performances, local choirs, and a visit from Santa Claus. Join the community in celebrating the start of the Christmas season in style.

Victorian Festival of Christmas at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

3. Portsmouth Christmas Market:

Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere at Portsmouth’s Christmas Market, where traditional wooden chalets line the streets offering a variety of handmade crafts, local delicacies, and unique gifts. Indulge in festive treats, pick up one-of-a-kind presents, and enjoy the lively ambiance of the market.

4. Ice Skating at Guildhall Square:

Lace up your skates and twirl under the stars at the ice rink in Guildhall Square. Surrounded by the city’s historic architecture and adorned with twinkling lights, the ice rink offers a picturesque setting for a memorable skating experience. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, the joy of gliding on the ice is a quintessential Christmas activity.

Christmas Carols by Candlelight at Portsmouth Cathedral

5. Christmas Carols by Candlelight at Portsmouth Cathedral:

Find solace and joy in the beautiful surroundings of Portsmouth Cathedral during the Christmas Carols by Candlelight service. The ethereal glow of candlelight and the uplifting melodies of classic carols create a serene and heartwarming atmosphere, making it a must-attend event during the festive season.

6. Festive Dinners at Historic Pubs:

Portsmouth boasts a wealth of historic pubs; during Christmas, many offer festive dinners with all the trimmings. Enjoy a cosy evening by the fireplace, savouring traditional Christmas dishes and festive drinks. The ambience of these centuries-old establishments adds a touch of nostalgia to your holiday celebrations.

7. Port Solent’s Festival of Light:

Experience the magic of the Festival of Light at Port Solent, where dazzling light installations and festive decorations transform the waterfront into a winter wonderland. Stroll along the promenade, take in the illuminated displays, and enjoy the festive activities and live entertainment that make this event a highlight of the season.

8. New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display:

Bid farewell to the old and welcome the new with the spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks display at Gunwharf Quays. The waterfront erupts in a kaleidoscope of colors as fireworks light up the night sky, marking the beginning of a promising year ahead. Join the crowds for this unforgettable celebration.

Comfortable Retreats in Portsmouth during Christmas:

Nestled in the heart of Portsmouth, Blue Puffin Stays rental properties provide a warm and welcoming retreat for those seeking a festive escape. Whether you’re planning a romantic weekend or a family celebration, Blue Puffin Stays offers a variety of accommodations to suit your needs. Stylish interiors, modern amenities, and thoughtful touches create a cosy atmosphere, making you feel at home.

Make this Christmas extraordinary by choosing Blue Puffin Stays as your holiday retreat. Our accommodations offer a seamless blend of modern comfort and festive charm, ensuring your stay is as delightful as the season. Immerse yourself in the magic of Portsmouth during Christmas, and let Blue Puffin Stays be your home away from home.

Portsmouth radiates with festive energy during Christmas, offering a blend of historical charm and contemporary celebrations. Whether you’re exploring the Victorian-era streets, gliding on the ice, or savouring seasonal treats at the markets, there’s something for everyone in this coastal city. Make the most of the holiday season by immersing yourself in the magic of Christmas in Portsmouth.

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