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Christmas in Lymington and the New Forest 2018

Your complete guide to Christmas events, carols, fairs, markets and other festivities in the New Forest area.

Here is your definitive guide to Christmas in Lymington, Pennington and surrounding areas in and around the New Forest. We have included here Christmas events, Christmas fairs and markets, carol services and crib services, last posting dates, how to get in touch with Father Christmas - and where to find him locally in the run up to Christmas... plus we'll add other useful information such as changes to refuse collections and where to recycle your tree.

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Christmas Shopping in Lymington and the New Forest area

Opportuities for Christmas shopping, including craft fayres and Christmas bazaars. Plus craft workshops and sessions where you can make some incredible gifts and decorations. Click on the links for more information and keep an eye on our Events Calendar for more Christmas Events!

Most of the local Christmas Fairs and Markets have now taken place. See our guide to where to shop in the New Forest for your Christmas Gifts!

Saturday 15 December

Christmas Crafts at Patrick's Patch opposite Fairweathers in Beaulieu.

Santa on the Quay 2018

Festive Fun

Friday 23 November - Monday 24 December - selected dates

Christmas at Beaulieu evenings, with illuminations and Father Christmas.

Friday 7 - Tuesday 11 December

Christmas Tree Festival at St Thomas Church, Lymington

Saturdays 8, 15, 22 December

Christmas Canoe Paddle with New Forest Activities

Tuesday 11 December

Nutcracker Ballet Workshop with New Forest Academy of Dance in Lymington. Age 11-15/Adults!

Sunday 16 December

Santa on the Quay. Festive celebrations on Lymington Town Quay, with a very special guest arriving by boat!

Wednesday 19 December

New Forest Singles Christmas Party at the Bosun's Chair, Lymington

Saturday 22 December - Sunday 6 January

Victorian Christmas at Beaulieu, travel back in time and see what the Montagu family members would have been doing during the festive season of 1889.

Monday 24 December

Track Santa as he starts delivering to children all around the world...

Christmas Eve Quiz at the Royal Oak, Downton in aid of Oakhaven and Wave 105 1000 Faces.

Christmas Eve Drinks at La Perle, Milford on Sea!

Tuesday 25 December

Christmas Day opening times at local pubs waiting to welcome you for a pint:

  • The Turfcutters Arms, East Boldre - 11am-1pm
  • The Haven, Lymington - 11am - 2pm
  • The Bosun's Chair, Lymington - 12-2pm
Wednesday 26 December

Don't miss the Setley Cup, an annual junior model yacht race held on Boxing Day at Setley Pond, near Lymington, starting at 11am.

For information on the Boxing Day Point to Point, see

Last posting dates before Christmas

Post box covered in snow

International Standard (formerly Airmail) and all International Tracking and Signature services (formerly Airsure® and International Signed For®) 
  • Tuesday 4 December: Africa, Middle East
  • Friday 7 December: Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East, Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia)
  • Saturday 8 December: Caribbean, Central and South America
  • Monday 10 December: Greece, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand
  • Friday 14 December: Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland and USA
  • Saturday 15 December: Finland, Sweden
  • Monday 17 December: Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland
  • Tuesday 18 December: Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg
International Standard HM Forces Mail - British Forces Post Office® (BFPO) 
  • Monday 26 November: Operational HM Forces
  • Friday 14 December: Static HM Forces
UK Inland Services 
  • Tuesday 18 December: 2nd Class, Royal Mail Signed For® 2nd Class
  • Thursday 20 December: 1st Class, Royal Mail Signed For® 1st Class, Royal Mail Tracked 48®*
  • Friday 21 December: Royal Mail Tracked 24®*
  • Saturday 22 December: Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed® 

Letters to Father Christmas by 7 December

Children can post a letter to Father Christmas by Friday 7 December to the following address. It's really important you write Santa's address carefully on a stamped envelope. Please be sure that you include your full name and address in your letter so Father Christmas can write back to you.

Santa/Father Christmas,
Santa's Grotto,

For more information click here.

Christmas Carol Concerts and Services

christmas tree festival at St Thomas Church Lymington
Friday 30 November

Carols by the Fire at Minstead Lodge. Get into the festive spirit as local players from The Madding Crowd lead guests on a magical journey through Georgian Christmas celebrations.

Saturday 1 December

Priestlands Choir at Lymington Library

Lymington Choral Society Christmas Concert at St Thomas Church, Lymington.

Tenor Andrew Morris and Will Scott on guitar at All Saints Church, Milford on Sea.

Christmas Concert with Lily Cherpokova at St John's Chuch, Boldre

Sunday 2 December

Advent Carols at St Thomas Church, Lymington 4-5pm

Monday 3 December

Light Up A Life. Two special services at St Thomas Church, Lymington. Christmas is a time of celebration and reflection; we would like to invite you to celebrate the memory of someone special by dedicating a light on the Oakhaven Tree of Remembrance.

Friday 7 December

Lymington Infants School Robins Choir at Lymington Library

Saturday 8 December

Cantaras choir concert in Christmas Tree Festival at St Thomas Church, Lymington 6-7pm

Sunday 9 December

christmas moon from st thomasMessy Christingle service at St Luke's Church, Sway, 4pm.

St John’s and St Nicholas Choir Christmas Concert, 4pm.

Tuesday 11 December

Rathbones Carol service in aid of Oakhaven and Naomi House at St Thomas Church, Lymington 6-7pm.

Thursday 13 December

Carols at Lymington Hospital Outpatients, 2.45 - 4pm.

Saturday 15 December

Carols and Coffee at New Forest Young Farmers Hall, Brockenhurst. 10am-2pm

Music for Christmas with Highcliffe Choirs at Beaulieu Abbey Church, 7-9pm

Sunday 16 December

Carols by Candlelight at St Lukes, Sway, 6.30pm.

Candlelit Carol Service at St Saviours, Brockenhurst, 7pm.

Sunday 23 December

Choir Christmas Carols at St Thomas Church, Lymington 4-5pm. 

christmas lights in Angel Courtyard Lymington

Christmas Service

Monday 24th December
  • Family Crib Service at St John's Church, Boldre (with donkeys). 3pm.
  • Christingle Service at St Saviour's Church, Brockenhurst. 4pm.
  • Family Crib Service at St Luke's Church, Sway. 4pm.
  • Family Crib Service at St Thomas Church, Lymington. 5pm. Come dressed as a Nativity character.
  • Midnight Communion at St Luke's Church, Sway. 11.15pm.
  • Midnight Holy Communion at St Saviour's Church, Brockenhurst. 11.15pm.
  • Midnight Mass at St Thomas Church, Lymington. 11.30pm. 
Tuesday 25 December 
  • Holy Communion at St Saviour's Church, Brockenhurst. 8am.
  • Family Christmas Service at St Saviour's Church, Brockenhurst. 9.30am
  • Christmas Communion at St Thomas Church, Lymington. 10.30am.
  • Family Christmas Communion at St John's Church, Boldre. 10.30am.
  • Holy Communion at St Saviour's Church, Brockenhurst. 11.15am.  

Father Christmas in Lymington

father christmas santa sleigh lymington

  • 23 November: Lymington Late Night Shopping Evening, Lymington High Street 6.00pm for 6.30pm
  • 30 November: Pennington Christmas Fair, Pennington Square 6.00pm
  • 7 December: Milford Carols, Milford on Sea Village Green 6.30pm for 7.00pm
  • 8 December: Everton Nurseries
  • 9 December: Everton Nurseries
  • 16 December: Santa on the Quay, Lymington Town Quay
  • 20 December: Outside Waitrose 8am to 4pm
  • 21 December: Outside Waitrose 8am to 4pm
  • 22 December: Outside Carols, Lymington High Street 8am to 4pm

Then Santa will be returning to the North Pole for final preparations for his big night!  

Christmas Pantomines, Films and Productions

Billionnaire Boy The Musical

20 November to 6 January at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

Sleeping Beauty

8 December - 6 January 2019 at Bournemouth Pavillion

Dick Whittington

15 December - 6 January 2019 at The Mayflower, Southampton

Puss in Boots - by the New Forest Players

3 - 5 January 2019 at New Milton Memorial Centre.

Things to do a little further afield...

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market and Ice Rink is on from 17 November until 20 December.

Ice Skating at West Quay, Southampton from 10 November until 6 January 2019.

Southampton Christmas Festival in Above Bar Precinct, Southampton from 15 November until 23 December.

Ice Skating and Alpine Bar in the Lower Gardens, Bournemouth from 15 November until 6 January 2019.

Christmas Refuse and Recyling

Black and clear sacks

Normal collection day - Revised collection day
Tuesday 25 December 2018 - will be Wednesday 2 January
Wednesday 26 December 2018 - will be Thursday 3 January 2019
Tuesday 1 January 2019 - will be Wednesday 2 January 2019
Wednesday 2 January 2019 - will be Thursday 3 January 2019
Thursday 3 January 2019 - will be Friday 4 January 2019
Friday 4 January 2019 - will be Saturday 5 January 2019

Household glass recycling (Black box)

Normal Collection day - Revised collection day:
Tuesday 25 December 2018 - will be Saturday 22 December 2018 (Earlier Collection)
Wednesday 26 December 2018 - will be Saturday 29 December 2018
Tuesday 1 January 2019 - will be Saturday 5 January 2019

More information here.

Christmas tree recycling:

Christmas tree drop offs for tree recycling: sites will be open 2-13 January 2019:

Brockenhurst - Brookley Road car park
Fordingbridge - A338 slip road car park
Hythe - New Road car park
Lymington - St Thomas Street car park
Lyndhurst - Village centre car park
New Milton - Crossmead Avenue car park
Ringwood - The Furlong car park
Totton - Westfield car park

REAL trees only. Please remove all decorations from the tree before taking it to a collection point. 



Updated 20 December 2018