‘Tis the season! Southampton Christmas Festival, opens November 11th to December 24th, featuring a traditional German market. Fairground attractions and pretty alpine chalets, each with their own individual style fill the Above Bar Precinct. More than 40 independent stall holders will be selling a range of authentic gifts including toys, baskets, soaps, lamps, jewellery as well as Christmas decorations. Enjoy bratwurst and waffles, gingerbread hearts and candied fruit as you watch the daily entertainment and musicians perform. ‘Flying Santa’ takes to the sky over the city centre twice a day, book your little ones in to see him afterwards and, providing they’re not on the naughty list, will receive a pre-Christmas gift and chat with Mr. Claus himself.
As well as the bigger market’s, Southampton is also home to a variety of car boot sales, fairs and table top sales, specialising in different fields and open on various days of the calendar year. Expect to see an influx of these events pop up during summer holidays, and Christmas breaks including, Family Fun Days, Totton & Eling Table Top Sales, Hampshire Craft & Gift fair, and the award-winning Baby and Children’s Nearly New Market.