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📅 Southampton Christmas Festival

Above Bar Pedestrian Precinct | 11th November 2017 - 23rd December 2017
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Admission Type: Free

The incredible Flying Santa returns to the skies as part of this year's Southampton Christmas Festival.

The Southampton Christmas Festival takes place on Above Bar pedestrian precinct and Bargate Street from Saturday 11 November - Saturday 23 December 2017.

It features a Christmas market operated by internationally renowned WELA Märkte featuring totally unique, individually designed alpine themed chalets with traditional German fayre, from bratwurst and waffles to gingerbread hearts and candied fruit, mulled wine and cold stein beer.

The market includes over 40 independent stallholders* offering a range of hand-made, authentic traitional hand-made gifts.

This free festival also boasts daily entertainment with musicians and carol singers performing daily.

Chalet opening hours: 10am - 8pm
Bar opening hours - 10am - 10pm

To add a little extra special Christmas magic to the Christmas Festival throughout the festive period, there will be two Flying Santa shows each day, Monday to Saturday at 5pm and 7pm, and Sundays at 3pm and 5pm. Each show lasts approximately 15 minutes. (This is subject to weather conditions).

After each show, Santa will invite children to accompany him to the large Advent calendar and will hand out small treats to all children. (Provided they have been good!)

This Flying Santa will result in the road closure of Hanover Buildings from the junction with Vincents Walk and Bargate Street Mon - Sat 4.30pm - 8pm and Sundays 2.30pm - 6pm.   

* Stall holders include

- Candles and scented candles
- Christmas figurines
- Glassblowers
- Pottery
- Christmas decorations
- Coat of arms and family crests
- Tin toys
- Leather bags
- Artificial snow
- Salt Crystal lamps and crystal ornaments
- Erzgebirge arts and crafts
- Kaleidoscopes, nautical instruments
- Amber jewellery / Vintage Jewellery / watches
- Wind spinners
- Hair accessories
- Winter clothing, baby outfits and bowler hats
- Garden ornaments
- Christmas Star lamps
- Mini frames
- Silk patchwork and silk tie-dye skirts
- Christmas Sweaters and hats

- German Bratwurst
- Schnitzel
- Bavarian specialities
- Paella
- Burgundy ham
- Hog roast
- Cheese specialities
- Roasted almonds
- Chocolate fruits
- Chocolate tools
- Pancakes
- Churros
- Donuts
- German pastry and cookies
- Fudge

- German beer
- Mulled wine
- Hot chcolate / Coffee

Note to Coach Parties: 
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

Note to Traders and Entertainers:

If you are a trader or entertainer and would like to become involved in this year’s Southampton Christmas Festival, please email

Keep up to date on the Southampton Christmas Facebook page > 

You can also follow the Southampton Christmas Festival on Twitter

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Information correct at time of publication. Discover Southampton does not accept responsibility for any changes or cancellations to events and activities. It is advisable to contact the event organisers to confirm details before attending the event.