Festive fun this Christmas
It’s jingle all the way in the Chichester District this December. Here are just some of the festive treats we have lined up for you in and around the area…
The Kennels Christmas Market, Goodwood
Soak up the festive atmosphere; the aroma of mulled wine, mince pies and the joy of festive music, all wrapped up with a Goodwood twist! Find local tasty treats and unique gifts from handpicked exhibitors.
Dates: 1 and 2 December 2018
For more info: www.goodwood.com
Meet Father Christmas, The Novium Musuem
Tickets are selling fast to meet Father Christmas in his Grotto at The Novium Museum. Booking (online or via Chichester Box Office) is essential for your magical festive moment meeting Father Christmas.
Dates: Tickets only available for 1 December 2018
Cost: £6 per child (includes gift) advance booking only
For more info: www.thenovium.org
Petworth 2018 Christmas Event
Petworth Town Council Christmas Lights Event Committee have joined forces with St Mary’s Church and the National Trust at Petworth House to present a spectacular Lantern Procession and Live Nativity to celebrate the switching on of Petworth Christmas Lights!
Dates:1 December 2018
For more info: www.discoverpetworth.uk
Christmas Weekends, Amberley Museum
Enjoy a festive weekend at the museum. Explore the 36-acre site, discover and learn about the exhibits, and have fun taking a ride on the narrow gauge railway and historic bus. As it’s Christmas, you can also visit the Museum at a festive price!
Dates:1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 December 2018
Cost: 10 per adult, £8 per child, under 4s free
For more info: www.amberleymuseum.co.uk
A Georgian Christmas, Petworth House
Celebrate the festive season in opulent Georgian style with selected rooms of Petworth House and Servants Quarters dressed for a Georgian style Christmas.
Dates: 1 December 2018 to 1 January 2019
Cost: £10.90 per adult, £5.40 per child
For more info: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/petworth-house-and-park/
Festival of light, Stanstead Park
Take a moonlit stroll through an enchanted forest and see the grounds of Stansted Park as you’ve never seen them before. Marvel at the magical lights and interactive displays as you navigate tracks and pathways, ending your visit in the beautiful Victorian Walled Gardens.
Dates: 1 to 13 December 2018
Cost: £10 per person, under 5s free. Advance booking only
For more info: www.stanstedpark.co.uk
Tree Dressing, Weald and Downland Museum
Tree Dressing is a magical occasion for all the family. Make a greenery headdress, turn a jam jar into a lantern and join in with traditional songs and dances. The day’s finale takes place as darkness falls, with a spiral dance around the aspen trees, which are dressed with hundreds of lanterns.
Date: 2 December 2018
Cost: Regular museum prices apply
For more info: www.wealddown.co.uk
Christmas Concerts, Chichester Festival Theatre
The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth and Chichester Cathedral Choir lead a celebration of the festive season with traditional carols, seasonal sing-alongs and the inevitable Christmas cracker jokes.
Dates: 4 to 8 December 2018
Cost: Tickets from £10
For more info: www.cft.org.uk
Christmas Street Party and Late Night Shopping, Midhurst
Get into the festive spirit and join the annual Christmas street party and late night shopping in Midhurst. Great fun for all the family!
Date: 7 December 2018
For more info: www.visitmidhurst.com
Chichester Christmas Market
Chichester Christmas Market is returning to the City Centre for its 10thyear, featuring carefully selected top quality crafts, decorations, festive food and unusual, individual gifts.
Dates: 8 – 16 December
For further info: www.woodlandcrafts.co.uk/chichester-christmas-market/
Visit Father Christmas - West Dean Gardens
Bring the family to West Dean Gardens near Chichester. Children can share their Christmas wishes with Father Christmas and receive a small gift. There's mulled wine and mince pies for the grown-ups too. Children can also join in with the Christmas craft activities.
Dates: 8, 9, 15 and 16 December
Cost: £5.75 per adult, £5 per child
For further info: www.westdean.org.uk
Christmas at the Museum, Weald and Downland Museum
A historic festive treat awaits visitors on Boxing Day and Thursday 27 December, when the Museum’s traditionally decorated houses will reflect the spirit of Christmas through the ages.
Dates: 26 - 27 December 2018
Cost: Regular museum prices apply
For further info: www.wealddown.co.uk