7 Must-Do Christmas Things To Do in Portsmouth

With Christmas fast approaching, we have scoured the web in search of exciting things to do in and around Portsmouth. Here is our guide to affordable activities that won’t break the bank, including something for everyone.

From concerts to family days out we have you covered. Whether you’re a local or just visiting, looking for a full day out or a time-filler activity, we have 7 of our top things for you to do.

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No.1 – Portsmouth Guildhall

An iconic venue, it has hosted many past and present legends and talent. Many exciting acts will be performed this Christmas, from The Ibiza Orchestra Experience to Jools Holland to a special performance from Strictly Come Dancing professionals Aljaz and Janette.

There is also a pop-up Christmas ice-skating rink located just outside the Guildhall, where you can put on your festive skates and have some family fun! 

More information and tickets can be booked at www.portsmouthguildhall.org

Portsmouth Guildhall

No.2 – Gunwharf Quays

Get into the festive spirit by visiting Gunwharf Quays this month. With up to 60% off Christmas gifts and bars and restaurants releasing their exciting Christmas menu options, it’s sure to be a fantastic experience for the whole family.

Not only this but between the 12th November and 2nd of January their Christmas Village is back! With traditional Christmas market stalls, food huts, decorations and rides, you can take the day into the evening and celebrate through.

To find out more information visit https://gunwharf-quays.com/christmas2022.

gunwharf quays
Portsmouth Cathedral

No.3 Portsmouth Cathedral

Over the next few months, there are many reasons to visit Portsmouth Cathedral. Not only for its stunning architecture and rich history but also for the exciting events they have coming up for all to enjoy.

Some of these include Sea Creatures Immersive Light and Sound Experience, Love Southsea Christmas Gift Market and a course on exploring Advent.

For information on dates and how to book tickets, head to https://www.portsmouthcathedral.org.uk/whats-on-at-portsmouth-cathedral

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No.4 – Blue Reef Aquarium

Do you have a special birthday coming up, or are interested in being an Aquarist for the day? The Blue Reef Aquarium in Portsmouth hosts special group birthday sessions. As well as this, they offer a day experience with a senior Aquarist where they will share their knowledge and expertise on all the creatures they care for. You’ll also have the opportunity to prepare lunch for the marine life and take part in caring for them.

They are open year-round for regular day visits; you can check their website here https://www.bluereefaquarium.co.uk/portsmouth/events-experiences/whats-on/ for any upcoming events.

#5 – Isle of Wight Day Tour

While visiting Portsmouth and Southsea, why not hop on the Hovercraft to the Isle of Wight for a day tour? Not only will you get to experience the world’s only remaining working Hovercraft, but in just a short 10-minute journey you can be on the little island exploring all it has to offer.

Day trips are easily booked through a Google search and usually include travel and an itinerary.

Isle of Wight Day Tour in Portsmouth

No.6 Cinema

Arguably one of the best ‘hidden gems’ in Portsmouth, the No.6 Cinema is based at the Historic Dockyard. Specifically located in the Grade II listed Boathouse 6 which was built in 1846.

Showings range from classic movies to documentaries to world cinema’s latest releases. There is something for everyone. Not to be missed! Come and enjoy the experience at https://www.no6cinema.co.uk/venue.

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Kings Theatre in Portsmouth

No.7 – Kings Theatre

Opening its doors in 1907, The Kings Theatre has entertained audiences for years. 

Why not visit their venue and see what’s on this Christmas? https://www.kingsportsmouth.co.uk/whats-on/ 

Experience the magic of Christmas in Portsmouth like never before! Make your holiday season unforgettable by booking a stay at one of our exquisite properties. Immerse yourself in the festive spirit and enjoy easy access to many exciting attractions. Spend quality time with your loved ones and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Our comfortable and stylish serviced accommodations ensure you’ll have a cosy home away from home. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to make your Christmas special – book your holiday retreat now!

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