Things To Do In Hampshire December 2022

Things to do in Hampshire December 2022 is here to help guide you to a festive adventure, event or attraction across the county. 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and here’s ideas and events to inspire a holly, jolly month…

Things to do in Hampshire December

Wow! This month is a bumper Christmas edition, there is so much on. I’ve tried to keep it curated and concise but it’s so hard when there’s an abundance of fun events that will be great to attend. Just writing this has got me feeling a bit festive, and wondering how I’m going to fit in everything I want to do.

If you’re not a regular here you need to know my aim is to make your weekends better. Our free time is valuable and we all want to make the most of our time off. I want you to have the most brilliant and festive weekend experiences, especially over the Christmas season.

And, if you are a regular, I’ve been writing a version of this guide for two years now and I hope it might have helped you discover something new or different to do with your spare time. 

Here’s Things To Do In Hampshire December 2022…

December’s Ongoing Events 2022

There’s so many amazing events covering the whole of December to mention that I’ve had to put them into categories.

Keep scrolling down past this section to see date specific events.


📌 Alien Native at Gosport Museum and Gallery Walpole Road
📅 22 November 2022 – 20 January 2023
📍 Gosport

👉 New video artwork created by duo Heinrich & Palmer to celebrate the opening of the Gallery. The exhibition is inspired by plants growing locally in the Gosport area and Hampshire Cultural Trust’s herbarium collection. It includes botanical specimens dating as far back as the 18th century.
🔗 Find out more

📌 Experience Hampshire
📅 Various dates
📍 Various locations across Hampshire

👉 New company Experience Hampshire shares carefully curated events and quirky things to do across the county. Looking for a unique Christmas gift? Pick up a ticket and head to one of these events.
🔗 Find out more

📌 National Open Garden Scheme
📅 Various dates across the year
📍 Various locations across Hampshire – find a garden

👉 Visit the gloriously well kept private gardens of Hampshire (or the rest of the UK).
🔗 Find out more

Christmas Markets & Shopping Centres

📌 Southampton Christmas Market
📅 Until 24 December 2022
👉 Get merry and bright at central Southampton’s Christmas Market – with all the cuts, this almost didn’t happen this year. And, it’s meant to be an upgrade on the awful market that has been in place in previous years.
🔗 Find out more

📌 Westquay on Ice
📅 Until 8 January 2023
📍 Southampton
👉 Ice skating is back at Westquay Shopping Centre, and afterwards you can head to Moguls Alpine Ski Bar afterwards for warm festive drinks.
🔗 Find out more

📌Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market
📅 18 November – 22 December 2022
📍 Winchester
👉 The iconic Christmas market is back with traders and performances to kick start your celebrations.
🔗 Find out more

📌 Gunwharf Quays Christmas Village
📅 Until 2 January 2023
👉 Feel festive while doing some Christmas Shopping at the incredible outlet shopping centre, Gunwharf Quays.
🔗 Find out more

Outdoor Events

📌 Glow Marwell at Marwell Zoo
📅 18 November – 30 December 2022
📍 Colden Common, Winchester
👉 Walk the festive illuminated trail around the zoo and marvel at the lights and start to capture that Christmas spirit.
🔗 Find out more

 📌 Light Up Sir Harold Hillier Gardens at Christmas
📅 24 – 31 December 2022
📍Ampfield, Romsey
👉 Sir Harold Hillier Gardens transformed into an awe-inspiring, kaleidoscopic and multi-sensory world of festive light and sound.
🔗  Find out more

📌 A Winter Wander with The Snowman™ and The Snowdog at Lepe Country Park
📅 26 November 2022 – 3 January 2023
📍 Lepe

👉 Spot festive favourite characters and complete activities on a festive winter wander around the country park.
🔗 Find out more

📌 Steam Illuminations at The Watercress Line
📅 18 November 2022 – 7 January 2023
📍 Alresford
👉 Ride Hampshire’s historic and beautiful steam railway with a festive LED twist, and tunes and comedy VoiceOver along your ride.
🔗 Find out more

Installations, Art & Shows

📌 Goldilocks and the Three Bears Pantomime at Mayflower Theatre
📅 Until 31 December 2022
📍 Southampton

👉 The Mayflower’s famous Christmas Panto is back with jokes for kids and adults and tons of festive silliness.
🔗 Find out more

📌 ‘Light of Hope’ Installation at Winchester Cathedral
📅 Until 1 January 2023
📍 Winchester
👉 View the community created sculptural artwork, the Light of Hope Star, an illuminated five metre diameter star.
🔗 Find out more

📌 The Snow Queen at Beaulieu Abbey Ruins
📅 16 – 24 & 27 – 31 December 2022, 1 & 2 January 2023
📍 National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

👉 Adventure, love and redemption, what’s not to love about this classic winter story? Wrap up warm, this one’s outside!
🔗 Find out more

28 November – 4 December 2022

📌 Bakers Comedy Night at Bakers Bar and Kitchen, Royal Clarence Marina
📅 28 November 2022
📍 Gosport

👉 Big TV names in comedy bring the festive entertainment.
🔗 Find out more

5-11 December 2022

📌 Hampshire Fairy Lights & Fizz Highlight at Winchester Guildhall
📅 9 December 2022

👉 Vineyard of Hampshire’s Fairy Lights & Fizz wine tasting event has more than a few tipples for you to try.
🔗 Find out more

📌 Celebration of the Solent at National Oceanography Centre
📅 10 December 2022

👉 Discover what Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust’s Secrets of the Solent project has achieved in the last four years.
🔗 Find out more

📌 The Elf Society at The Garden Society
📅 Until 24 December 2022

👉 The Elf Society is an immersive walk-through experience exploring Santa’s magical toy making workshop. It is magical, theatrical and full of festive fun!
🔗 Find out more

⭐️ I’m still looking for events specific to these weeks and will be updating this guide as I discover them!⭐️

12-18 December 2022

19-25 December 2022

26 December 2022 – 1 January 2023

This Weekend in Hampshire

December is non-stop and Christmas is very much in full swing! ‘Tis the season for festivities and fun in the run up to Christmas and I am here for it.

This guide is a work in progress and I am very open to suggestions of events to include.

If you’re hosting a event that you’d like to put forward for consideration for this month or another, please send an email to

Has Things To Do In Hampshire December 2023 inspired you to head out and about? Let me know in the comments below!

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