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Richly decorated Christmas tree at The Vyne in Hamphire | © National Trust / Virginia Langer

Christmas in and around Hampshire

This article was about Christmas 2023 in and around Hampshire, when properties were filled with sparkle and much-loved stories were brought to life. Check back nearer the time for 2024.

Top Christmas days around Hampshire

Baubles on a  Christmas tree

A Christmas Journey to the North Pole, at Mottisfont 

Take a magical journey to the North Pole. The house is full of sparkling trees and gift-wrapped presents. See Father Christmas’s study piled high with letters and board the ‘Christmas Express’ to the glittering polar bear’s ball. Outside, you’ll take on elf duties, helping to deliver Christmas wishes, visiting the Elves’ Sorting Office and testing your postbag-stuffing skills. 25 November to 7 January, trail £3.

London Themed Christmas Tree at Hinton Ampner

A Neverland Christmas at Hinton Ampner 

Advance booking essential: Light, sound and movement bring scenes from J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan to Hinton Ampner. Look for the ticking crocodile, the Lost Boys’ camp and Tinker Bell’s mystical hideaway. Outside, you’ll find the Wendy House, the Mermaids’ Lagoon and Nana’s dog house, where visiting pooches can pose for pics. 25 November to 1 January.

A nutcracker stands in the foreground with a Christmas tree out of focus twinkling in the background.

Nutcracker Christmas at The Vyne 

Follow heroes Clara and the Nutcracker through this festively decorated mansion as they try to defeat the villainous Mouse King. Visit the Land of Sweets, and look out for gingerbread men, ballerinas and a multitude of nutcracker soldiers, not to mention a swan sleigh. Indoor and outdoor family trails. 25 November to 1 January, trail £2.

Baubles hang from a Christmas tree in front of a diamond-paned leaded-light window at Winchester City Mill, Hampshire

Christmas at Winchester City Mill 

This ancient mill is decked with festive garlands and Christmas trees. Visit Father Christmas’s workshop where you can pose on the mill’s throne. Track down naughty elves who are getting up to lots of mischief. In the café there are delicious seasonal treats. 11 November to 31 December, free entry.

Portico entrance at Uppark decorated with wreath and Christmas trees for Christmas, West Sussex

Christmas at Uppark 

Uppark’s grand rooms are filled with beautifully decorated Christmas trees. There are delicious festive scents too, from winter greenery, pinecones, and cinnamon. Below stairs, Uppark’s servants are busy preparing food and drinks for the guests of the house and celebrating their own Christmas. 18 November to 31 December.

The exterior of Mompesson House, Wiltshire, in winter, dusted with a light covering of snow.

A Christmas Carol at Mompesson House 

Discover the sights and sounds of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, at Mompesson House. For the first time, the house is open upstairs at Christmas. Visit Scrooge’s bedroom and the Cratchit’s house. There’s free family storytelling at weekends, dressing up fun, and a free spotter trail for little ones. 23 November to 23 December, Thursday to Sunday.

Chalk path through undulating open heathland in summer, New Forest, Hampshire

Discover more in Hampshire

Centuries-old mansions, a working watermill and wildlife-rich heathland await you in Hampshire.