Christmas is a magical time to visit the New Forest, think roaring fireplaces, crisp winter walks and some great family fun. The New Forest is also home to some fantastic festive events over the Christmas period - from children's activities to local Christmas markets, there is loads going on for everyone to love and to get everyone in the Christmas spirit!
Magical Christmas events
Enjoy a 90 minute Christmas Canoe Paddle with New Forest Activities down the beautiful Beaulieu River on a fresh Winter's day... with a festive twist... as you'll be meeting Santa on the river in his boat full of Christmas gifts, and you can enjoy a toasty hot chocolate to keep you warm. Selected dates only, so book now!
Get your Christmas going with a swing at Hanger Farm Arts Centre with Liam & Tony White's Christmas Spectacular on Friday 8 December.
Visit Beaulieu on between 16 December and 1 January for a full on Christmas experience at Festive Fun at Beaulieu. Also at Beaulieu this December, the timeless classic 'A Christmas Carol' will be enjoyed in the enchanting open-air performances at the spectacular Beaulieu Abbey ruins and cloister. From 14th December to 24th December, audiences will be transported into the magical world of Charles Dickens' beloved story, featuring a world-class cast of West End actors!
There are plenty of magical trails taking place this festive season... Head to St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery between 16 and 30 December for a brilliant Christmas Cracker Trail, with great interactive activities around the gallery. Or, book tickets for Glow Marwell, their enchanting Christmas light experience full of immersive displays and illuminations.
Have you ever wondered what 10,000 sparkly lights look like? Well now you don't have to, Sandy Balls Holiday Village have their Forest of Light throughout November and December with Christmas themed activities and shows to get you into the festive spirit!
Join Furzey Gardens this December for Tinsel's Tree Trail, their fairy-sized tree trail to enjoy a magical Christmas. Help Tinsel, the fairy, find her friends and their 20 festive trees in time for Christmas. Taking place between 2 and 23 December.
It's time to get dressed up and head to Careys Manor Christmas Ball where sophistication meets traditional festive cheer, you can enjoy an evening full of food, drinks and dancing.
Calshot Castle will be full of fun and festive activities for all the family. Santa will be in his Grotto at Calshot throughout December and they invite you to come and meet him and his elves who are working hard to get all the presents ready.
Explore our wonderful towns and villages, glistening with bright lights, and where you may find lots of other Christmas events and activities, for great days out for all the family during the festive season!
What’s on this Christmas?
Take a look at the listings below where we highlight some of the fantastic events that are taking place this Christmas here in the New Forest.
If you are organising a Christmas event that you would like featured then please submit details of it using our event form.
Plus don’t forget to check back regularly for some more magical Christmas events...