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

Beaulieu victorian christmas Evening 20 November 2018Opportuities 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!

Tuesday 13 - Saturday 17 November

Pop up Christmas Shop at the Coates Centre, Oakhaven Hospice in Lymington.

Friday 16 November

Christmas Fair at The Domus, Beaulieu in aid of the Countryside Education Trust

Saturday 17 November

Jean Genie Christmas Special Upcycle an old pair of jeans to make Christmas presents and decorations with Lymington Transition Group.

Christmas Gift and Craft Fayre at Lymington Community Centre

Christmas wine tasting at Priory Wines

Christmas Willow Workshop at Forest Arts. Make a beautiful star lantern out of willow and paper.

Beaulieu Victorian Christmas Evening

Late night shopping in Lymington 2018Friday 23 November

Late Night Shopping Evening in Lymington. Christmas lights, free parking in NFDC town carparks, Santa and his elves, carols around the crib.

Wreath Making Workshop at St Barbe Museum.

Saturday 24 November

Brockenhurst Christmas Fair and Market.

Lyndhurst Christmas Light Switch On and Late Night Shopping Event.

New Forest Christmas Fair at Exbury Gardens

Sunday 25 November

New Forest Christmas Fair at Exbury Gardens

Friday 30 November

Pennington Village Christmas Evening with craft stalls and traders, refreshments, entertainments, Christmas lights and real reindeer!

Saturday 1 December

New Forest Christmas Fair at Exbury Gardens

Small Business Saturday in Lymington - free parking in NFDC town car parks.

Sunday 2 December

christmas eve

New Forest Christmas Fair at Exbury Gardens
Monday 3 December
Paint the perfect present at St Barbe Museum.
Thursday 6 December

Wreath Making Workshop at Warborne Farm near Lymington.

Sunday 9 December

Christmas Fayre at Rhinefield House Hotel

Saturday 15 December

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


Santa on the Quay 2018

Festive Fun

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

Sunday 9 December

Santa Dash in aid of Oakhaven Hospice - starts Lymington High Street.

Sunday 16 December

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

Monday 24 December

Track Santa as he starts delivering to children all around the world... http://www.noradsanta.org

Tuesday 25 December

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

  • Turfcutters Arms, East Boldre - 11am-1pm
  • The Haven, Lymington - 11am - 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 http://newforestcommoner.co.uk


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,
Reindeerland,
XM4 5HQ

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

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.

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

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

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 tree recycling:

Christmas tree drop offs to be confirmed for 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

 

Updated 7 November 2018