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📅 Southampton Christmas Festival

Above Bar Pedestrian Precinct | 15th November 2018 - 23rd December 2018
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Admission Type: Free

The Southampton Christmas Festival takes place on Above Bar pedestrian precinct and Bargate Street from Thursday 15* November - Sunday 23 December 2018.  

This is a traditional German market operated by internationally renowned WELA Märkte.

Featuring totally unique, individually designed alpine chalets with traditional German fayre, from bratwurst and waffles to gingerbread hearts and candied fruit.
The market includes over 40 independent stallholders offering a range of hand-made, authentic gifts including wooden toys, clothing, jewellery as well as Christmas decorations. 

The Southampton Christmas Festival features daily entertainment by a Bavarian musician with traditional Christmas music, carol singers and schoolchildren. In addition to the market and the musical entertainment, one of the highlights is the ‘Flying Santa’ show, which is unique in the UK.

The Flying Santa Show - Santa and his reindeers fly above the market twice a day. 
Mon - Sat at 5pm and 7pm
Sun at 4pm and 6pm
After each of his performances he will visit the market and give sweets to all children at the huge Advent Calendar.  (provided they have been good!).The Bargate monument will be illiuminated in different colours.
- Waffles and crepes
- Concession stall with beverages
- Swing grill
- Candied almonds and gingerbread hearts
- Windspinners 
- Wooden games
- Murano glass
- Clothing and accessories made of felt
- Wooden carvings
- Christmas gifts and Christmas cardigans
- Wooden collapsible baskets
- Pottery
- Peruvian items for children and the home
- Chocolate fountain
- Wooden garden figurines
- Sweets
- Donuts 
- Hog roast
- Christmas decorative objects and figurines
- Belgian Chocolate
- Paintings
- Christmas gift packages with cable cords
- Football fan articles
- Felt accessories
- Swing grill
- Concession stall with beverages
- Fudge
- Churros
- German traditional Christmas decorations
- Glassblower
- Haloumi fries
- Accessories and clothing made of Alpaca wool
- Clothing, winter accessories and vintage jewellery
- Personalised Christmas tree decorations
- Traditional British Cheese
- Handmade, framed Lego figurines 
- Silver jewellery
- Candles from Germany
- Amber jewellery
- Leather products: diaries, calendars, books, etc.
Chalets are open 10am to 8pm daily, with the bars staying open for a further two hours in the evening, until 10pm.
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Coach Parking

Drop off point: The dedicated coach drop off point is in Castle Way. Coaches will travel south down Castle Way and drop passengers off in the bus stop opposite the Old Town Walls.

Pick up point: Coaches will travel north up Castle Way to pick up passengers on the opposite side of the drop off point.

Coach parking: The coaches will park and wait in Herbert Walker Avenue.

More information about coach parking in the city is available here.


3 - 19 December
There are 5 areas in the city centre designated for community groups or local talent to provide a "Festive Feeling" through musical entertainment this Christmas.
Children from 13 different Southampton schools have already signed up to entertain shoppers with Christmas songs, offering the city a truly festive feeling. They will be performing every weekday between 5pm and 6:30pm. 
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1 - 24 December
Take your family on an adventure around the city centre this Christmas, collecting clues before finishing at the Mayflower Theatre to receive your reward. Pick up your trail sheet from the Mayflower Theatre, Central Library, The Marlands, Westquay, or alternatively you can download it from this website link from the 1 December.
Southampton's Panto Trail will take place in various venues around the city. Such as Debenhams, Ikea and The Marlands
Your chance to get involved
WELA Märkte GmbH have been organising Christmas Markets in the UK for 14 years but the family business has been operating for three generations, setting up Christmas Markets throughout Germany and in the UK. 
This is your opportunity to be part of this year's event, which will feature high quality arts and crafts, interesting gifts and delicious food. 
Location Information
Above Bar Street/Bargate Street is a prime city centre location. It is the main pedestrianised thoroughfare which is now even more attractive to shoppers with the opening of Westquay South which features many popular bars and restaurants. Visitor numbers for this location are estimated in excess of 1,000,000 during the festive period.
Research was undertaken after last year's event and the results were very positive as follows:- 
477 people responded to the poll.
59 % visited the Southampton Christmas Festival
21 % came into the town centre especially for the Christmas Festival.
63 % would recomment the Christmas Festival to their friends.
Rating of the Southampton Christmas Festival 2017:
Excellent: 15%
Good: 45%
Neutral: 30%
How much money was spent by visitors:
Less than 5 GBP: 8%
5–10 GBP: 21%
10-20 GBP: 31%
20-30 GBP: 15%
More than 30 GBP: 25%
Source: Southampton People`s Panel, 40th Poll
General Trader Information
Merchandise: High quality arts, crafts and speciality foods.
Stalls: Provision of sturdy authentic Alpine chalet style stalls. Sizes: 3m and 5m, with stalls individually designed.
Opening Hours: Stalls – 10am to 8pm. Beer garden 10am to 10pm with daily entertainment.
Pitch Fee: Competitively priced fees which vary depending on stall size occupied and includes; traditional stall decorations, on-site security, power up to 3000 watts, waste management and advertising.
Parking: Parking for traders is within walking distance.
Advertising: WELA Märkte undertake strong advertising and promotion in conjunction with Southampton City Council, as well as a comprehensive advertising campaign.
Entertainment: Live music every day with a Bavarian musician at the beer garden with various performances from carol singers, school choirs and occasional local radio broadcasts. Plus the Spectacular Flying Santa Show.
Management: Market Manager based at onsite office. Available daily to deal with all enquiries and issues immediately.
Next step:
Please contact WELA Märkte on email to discuss your requirements further and reserve your space!

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