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Victorian Festival of Christmas

The Breeze Team will be down at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Victorian Festival of Christmas with a Vintage Car Photobooth - free for listeners to use!

The largest Christmas festival on the south coast is set to return this December when Portsmouth Historic Dockyard welcomes back the ever-popular Victorian Festival of Christmas. Open 10am to 5pm between 1 – 3rd December, the festival is the perfect way to kick off seasonal celebrations.

  • The Breeze Vintage Car Photobooth
  • Giant 35 foot Christmas tree
  • Wild in art nutcracker statue trail
  • New festive characters
  • Father Christmas in traditional green robes
  • Reindeer
  • Fagin's Tavern
  • Christmas market over 150 stalls
  • Access to all attractions on site
  • Sherlock Holmes inspired mystery trail

The Victorian Festival of Christmas transports visitors to a bygone era where a cast of colourful characters roam the snow-covered cobbled streets, rub shoulders with a medley of street entertainers, enjoy seasonal refreshments and over 150 stalls for perfect gift ideas.

Taking centre stage this year, will be a new, soon-to-be unveiled regiment of 12 life-size nutcracker statues. Currently still in Santa's workshop, these specially created artistic installations by selected artists will bring an entirely new look to the famous "12 Days of Christmas" ditty. 

Visitors can encounter the ever-popular traditional Father Christmas dressed in green, see Scrooge in his hand-drawn carriage, bump into young chimney sweeps, and enjoy street performances from Victorian magicians and musicians. To top off proceedings, there will be a 35-foot Christmas tree alongside HMS Victory.

Historic parts of the dockyard will be transformed into a Victorian-style street, complete with coffin measurers, ladies of the night, street urchins, market sellers and many more. This year there is a brand new family trail with Vice Admiral Lord Nelson's favourite jewel at the centre of an intriguing Sherlock Holmes-inspired whodunnit.

The lively real-ale Fagin's Tavern returns with plenty of merriment this year as performances by The Edelweiss Bavarian Oompah Band, Old Sea Dogs, and Shep Woolley & the Ansome Sea Buoys, light up the stage. 

Advanced ticket prices available until November 30th: adult tickets (16-59) £16.00; child tickets (5-15, under 5s free) £14.00; concession tickets £15.50; family tickets (2 adults and up to 3 children) £46.00; family Friday tickets (2 adults and up to 3 children) £35.00; carers come free with a full price ticket.

What's more, event tickets include entry to all the attractions within the Historic Dockyard, including the new-look HMS Warrior 1860, HMS Victory, HMS M.33, Mary Rose, The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Boathouse 4 and Action Stations.

For further information and to book tickets, please visit:


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