Christmas in Lymington and the New Forest 2019

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

christmas moon from st thomasHere is your definitive guide to Christmas in Lymington, Pennington and 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 when it becomes available.

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Christmas Shopping in the New Forest area

There are heaps of great opportuities for Christmas shopping in the New Forest during the run up to Christmas, including craft fayres and bazaars. And do try out 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! Many offer a great way to support local charities and causes.

Thursday 14 November 2019

Spa Christmas Shopping Evening at New Park Manor Hotel with demonstrations, taster treatments and 10% off! Booking essential.

Saturday 16 November 2019

Christmas Wine Tasting at Priory Wines, Lymington

Christmas Open Day at New Forest Aromatics, near Brockenhurst

Sunday 17 November 2019

RNLI Christmas Card sale at Royal Lymington Yacht Club

Friday 22 November 2019

Christmas Market at Durlston Court Prep School

Sunday 24 November 2019

RNLI Christmas Card sale at Royal Lymington Yacht Club

Monday 25 - Friday 29 November 2019

Art Exhibition - the New Forest and Coastline by Kathryn Dalziel at Tilefield Equestrian in Brockenhurst

Friday 29 November 2019

Lymington Christmas and PenningtonChristmas In Lymington Evening - with Christmas Market, food and drink, music and of course the Mayor will switch on the Christmas lights!

Saturday 30 November 2019

Brockenhurst Christmas Market at Brockenhurst Village Hall.

Beaulieu Village late night shopping evening in the High Street.

Lyndhurst Lights Switch on Evening.

Hordle Christmas Fair.

Art Exhibition and Sale - East Boldre Painters, at East Boldre Village Hall.

Sunday 1 December 2019

Christmas Fair at the Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy in Bransgore.

Christmas Market in Ringwood

Art Exhibition and Sale - East Boldre Painters, at East Boldre Village Hall.

Christmas Bazaar at Gang Warily Recreation Centre.

Wednesday 4 December 2019

CRY Christmas Market in Hedge End, all proceeds to Care and Relief of the Young (CRY)

Friday 6 December 2019

Christmas Shopping Evening with Fizz at The Natural Health Hub in Lymington - come along and browse the lovely selection of natural and therapeutic gifts, including lots of stocking fillers!

Christmas in Pennington with Christmas market, entertainment and lights switch on

Saturday 7 December 2019
Christmas Farmyard 2019 at the Countryside Education Trust in Beaulieu New ForestChristmas Farmyard at the Countryside Education Trust's Home Farm in Beaulieu 

New Forest Christmas Fair at Exbury Gardens

Sunday 8 December 2019

New Forest Christmas Fair at Exbury Gardens

Tuesday 10 December 2019

Christmas Fair at Warborne Farm, Lymington in aid of South Baddesley School

Wednesday 11 December 2019

Christmas Fair at Warborne Farm, Lymington in aid of South Baddesley School

 


Festive Fun in the New Forest

Sunday 1 December 2019

2017 VW Santa Run at BeaulieuNew Forest VW Santa Run: convoy of festively decorated VW campers departing the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu with a special delivery of Christmas gifts for Piam Brown unit for children and teenagers with cancer and haematological disorders.

Christmas Activity Festival at Avon Tyrrell Outdoor Centre

Friday 6 December to Tuesday 10 December

Lymington Christmas Tree Festival at St Thomas Church, with opening concert with the Robins Choir from Lymington Infant School on Friday 6 December.

Saturday 7 December 2019

Christmas Fun Day at New Forest Heritage Centre, with crafts and activities.

Christmas Concert by the Cantaras Choir at St Thomas Church, amongst the Christmas Tree Festival

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.

Festive Express Railway at Exbury Gardens

Sunday 8 December 2019

Santa Dash in Lymington in aid of Oakhaven Hospice. 

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.

Festive Express Railway at Exbury Gardens

Saturday 14 December 2019

Christmas Canoe Paddle along the Beaulieu River to meet Father Christmas, with New Forest Activities

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.

Santa quay 2019 poster Lymington HampshireFestive Express Railway at Exbury Gardens

Snow Buddies (U) at Forest Arts, New Milton

Sunday 15 December 2019

Santa on the Quay, Lymington Town Quay - see Santa arrive by boat!

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.

Festive Express Railway at Exbury Gardens

Wednesday 18 December 2019

Mince Pie Munch morning at The Coates Centre, Oakhaven in Lymington - the perfect opportunity for those touched by long-term illness in the New Forest and Waterside area to find out more about the great services, activities and events availabe at The Coates Centre.

Friday 20 December 2019

Frozen 2 (PG) at the Malt Cinema in Lymington

Saturday 21 December 2019

Christmas Canoe Paddle along the Beaulieu River to meet Father Christmas, with New Forest Activities

The Snowman Film with Live Orchestra at St Thomas Church with the Nova Foresta Classical Players

Frozen 2 (PG) at the Malt Cinema in Lymington

The Grinch (U) at Forest Arts, New Milton

Saturday 21 December 2019 - Sunday 1 January 2020 (excluding Christmas Day)

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.

Sunday 22 December 2019

Christmas Canoe Paddle along the Beaulieu River to meet Father Christmas, with New Forest Activities

Monday 23 December 2019

xmas paddles big New Forest ActivitiesChristmas Canoe Paddle along the Beaulieu River to meet Father Christmas, with New Forest Activities 

Frozen 2 (PG) at the Malt Cinema in Lymington

Tuesday 24 December 2019

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

Frozen 2 (PG) at the Malt Cinema in Lymington

Wednesday 25 December 2019

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
Thursday 26 December 2019

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 Economy (formerly known as Surface Mail)
  • Saturday 2 November for Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece, Iceland, Malta and Turkey
  • Saturday 16 November for Western Europe
International Standard (formerly Airmail) and all International Tracking and Signature services (formerly Airsure® and International Signed For®) 
  • Monday 9 December: Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central and South America, Far and Middle East
  • Tuesday 10 December: Cyprus and Malta
  • Wednesday 11 December: Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia)
  • Thursday 12 December: Greece, Turkey, Australia and New Zealand
  • Saturday 14 December: Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Canada and USA
  • Monday 16 December: Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Portugal, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland and Spain
  • Wednesday 18 December: Belgium, France, Ireland and Luxembourg
International Standard HM Forces Mail - British Forces Post Office® (BFPO) 
  • Monday 25 November: Operational HM Forces
  • Friday 13 December: Static HM Forces
UK Inland Services 
  • Wednesday 18 December: 2nd Class, Royal Mail Signed For® 2nd Class
  • Friday 20 December: 1st Class, Royal Mail Signed For® 1st Class, Royal Mail Tracked 48®*
  • Monday 23 December: Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed® 

There will be no delivery and collection service from Christmas Day through to Boxing day, however normal service will resume on Friday, December 27.
On New Year's Day there will be no deliveries or collections. In Scotland, January 2 is a bank holiday so there will be no deliveries or collections north of the border.

Letters to Father Christmas by Friday 6 December 2019

Children can post a letter to Father Christmas by Friday 6 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 tree festival at St Thomas Church Lymington

Christmas Carol Concerts and Services

Saturday 30 November 2019

Gloria! An evening of Advent music for choir and brass at St Saviour's Church, Brockenhurst.

Sunday 1 December 2019

Advent Carols at St Thomas Church

Monday 2 December 2019

Light Up a Life services at St Thomas Church. 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.

Thursday 5 December 2019

Choir and Canapés Night at Hoburne Holiday Park in aid of Diverse Abilities charity.

Friday 6 December 2019

Robins Choir from Lymington Infant School open the Lymington Christmas Tree Festival, 10am

St Nicholas Singers Christmas concert at St John's Church, Boldre 4pm

Saturday 7 December 2019

Concert with the Cantaras ChoirConcert with the Cantaras Choir amongst the Christmas Trees of the Christmas Tree Festival at St Thomas Church.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Concert with New Forest Orchestra and the Total Voice Chamber Choir at All Saints Church, Milford on Sea.

Saturday 14 December 2019

Lymington Choral Society Christmas Concert at St Thomas Church, Lymington

Sunday 22 December 2019

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

christmas lights in Angel Courtyard Lymington

Christmas Services

Tuesday 24 December 2019
  • Crib Service at St Mary's Church, South Baddesley. 5pm.
  • Crib Service at St Saviour's Church, Brockenhurst. 4pm.
  • Family Crib Service at St Thomas Church, Lymington. 5pm. Come dressed as a Nativity character.
  • Midnight Mass at St Mary's Church, South Baddesley. 11pm.
  • Midnight Holy Communion at St Saviour's Church, Brockenhurst. 11.15pm.
  • Midnight Mass at St Thomas Church, Lymington. 11.30pm. 
Wednesday 25 December 2019
  • Holy Communion at St Saviour's Church, Brockenhurst. 8am.
  • Family Christmas Service at St Saviour's Church, Brockenhurst. 9.30am.
  • Family Service at St Mary's Church, South Baddesley. 9.30am.
  • Christmas Communion at St Thomas Church, Lymington. 11am.
  • Family Christmas Communion at St John's Church, Boldre. 10.30am.
  • Holy Communion at St Saviour's Church, Brockenhurst. 11.15am.  

father christmas santa sleigh lymingtonWhere to find Father Christmas in the New Forest area this Christmas!

Santa is a very busy man in the run up to Christmas and must use some serious magic to be in so many places!

  • Friday 29 November: Lymington Late Night Shopping Evening, Lymington High Street 6.00pm for 6.30pm
  • Friday 6 December: Pennington Christmas Fair, Pennington Square 6.00pm
  • Saturday 7 December: Everton Nurseries 10.30am-3pm
  • Sunday 8 December: Everton Nurseries 10.30am-3pm
  • Sunday 15 December: Santa on the Quay, Lymington Town Quay
  • 19 December: Outside Waitrose 8am to 5pm
  • 20 December: Outside Waitrose 8am to 5pm
  • 21 December: Outside Carols, Lymington High Street 8.30am to 2.30pm

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

Christmas Pantomines and Productions 

Litte Red Riding Hood - Forest Forge Theatre Company

Continuing a run of fine family fun that brought you the Frog Prince and last year’s Rumpelstiltskin, Forest Forge Theatre have teamed up with Bumblefly Theatre again to bring you a traditional dollop of storytelling with madcap humour, memorable songs and beautiful imagery.

30 November 2019 to 18 January 2020, touring show at a number of local venues. Click here for full details.

Cinderella: the musical

23 November 2019 to 5 January 2020 at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

Aladdin

7 December 2019 - 5 January 2020 at Bournemouth Pavillion

Peter Pan

14 December 2019 - 5 January 2020 at The Mayflower, Southampton

Sleeping Beauty - by the New Forest Players

2 - 5 January 2020 at New Milton Memorial Centre. More information including about tickets here

The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmas 

7 December 2019 at Forest Arts, New Milton. 

Star in the Jar

8 December 2019 at Brockenhurst Village Hall.

Things to do a little further afield...

Salisbury Nutcracker Tour: find the Nutcrackers around the town from 30 November to 5 January

Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink is open from 21 November 2019 until 5 January 2020.

Winchester Christmas Market is on from 21 November until 22 December 2019.

Ice Skating at West Quay, Southampton from 9 November 2019 until 5 January 2020.

Southampton Christmas Festival in Above Bar Precinct, Southampton from 14 November until 23 December 2019.

Ice Skating and Alpine Bar in the Lower Gardens, Bournemouth from 14 November 2019 until 5 January 2020.


Christmas Refuse and Recyling

including Christmas tree recycling will follow soon...