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. 

Weekdays Monday 6 to Tuesday 24 December 2019

Christmas pop-up shop open at the Countryside Education Trust's Home Farm every weekday from Friday 6th December to Tuesday 24th December from 11am until 3pm. Everything for sale in the shop is either from the farm or has been made by staff and volunteers.

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

Tuesday 10 December 2019

Beaulieu Brass Band at the Turfcutters Arms, East Boldre - a favourite annual treat when the popular Beaulieu Band play lots of Christmas favourites and start to get you into the spirit of the festive season

Lymington Christmas Tree Festival at St Thomas Church

Special Christmas Requests Day on New Forest Hospital Radio!

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

Monday 16 - Friday 20 December

Ballard Christmas Holiday Camp Days - combining a variety of sport and art activities

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.

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

Thursday 19 December 2019

Singalong with Ocean Harmony at The Turfcutters Arms, East Boldre: wear your Christmas Jumpers and come along for a good old Christmas Singalong!

Friday 20 December 2019

Frozen 2 (PG) at the Malt Cinema in Lymington

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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

Boxing Day Beagles at The Turfcutters Arms, East Boldre: annual visit of the New Forest Beagles which is always a spectacle and fun experience!

Don't miss the 37th Setley Cup, an annual junior model yacht race held on Boxing Day at Setley Pond, near Lymington, registration 10am, start of first race 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 Carol Concerts and Services

Saturday 14 December 2019

Lymington Town Band Christmas Concert at the United Reformed Church, Lymington

Lymington Choral Society Christmas Concert at St Thomas Church, Lymington

New Forest Children's Choir Concert at Beaulieu Abbey Church

Sunday 15 December 2019

9 Lessons and Carols at St Mary's Church, South Baddesley - 4.30pm

Contemporary Candlelit Carol Service at St Saviour's Church, Brockenhurst - 6pm

Monday 16 December 2019

Encore Choir concert at Gracewell of Sway

Sunday 22 December 2019

Family Carol Service at St Mary's Church, South Baddesley - 9.30am

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

Traditional Candlelit Carols at St Saviour's Church, Brockenhurst - 6pm

Choral Carol Service at Beaulieu Abbey Church - 6pm

9 Lessons and Carols at St John's Church, Boldre - 6.30pm

christmas lights in Angel Courtyard Lymington

Christmas Services

Tuesday 24 December 2019
  • Crib Service at All Saints Church, Milford on Sea - 3pm
  • Crib Service at St John's Church, Boldre - 3pm 
  • Crib Service at St Saviour's Church, Brockenhurst - 4pm
  • Nativity at Beaulieu Abbey Church - 4pm
  • Crib Service at St Mary's Church, South Baddesley - 5pm
  • Family Crib Service at St Thomas Church, Lymington - 5pm. Come dressed as a Nativity character.
  • Holy Communion at St Mary's Church, Everton - 9pm
  • Midnight Mass at St Mary's Church, South Baddesley - 11pm
  • Midnight Mass at St John's Church, Boldre - 11pm
  • Midnight Holy Communion at St Saviour's Church, Brockenhurst - 11.15pm
  • Holy Communion at All Saints Church, Milford on Sea - 11.15pm
  • Midnight Mass at St Thomas Church, Lymington - 11.30pm
  • Midnight Mass at Beaulieu Abbey Church - 11.30pm
Wednesday 25 December 2019
  • Holy Communion at St Saviour's Church, Brockenhurst - 8am
  • Holy Communion at All Saints Church, Milford on Sea - 8am
  • Family Christmas Service at St Saviour's Church, Brockenhurst - 9.30am
  • Family Service at St Mary's Church, South Baddesley - 9.30am
  • Holy Communion at St Luke's Church, Sway - 9.30am
  • Christmas Day Family Service at All Saints Church, Milford on Sea - 10am
  • Christmas Day Family Service at St Mary's Church, Everton - 10am
  • Family Christmas Communion at St John's Church, Boldre - 10.30am
  • Holy Communion at Beaulieu Abbey Church - 10.30am
  • Christmas Communion at St Thomas Church, Lymington - 11am
  • 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
  • Monday 9 - Thursday 12 December: in and around New Milton!
  • 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...