With the Southsea Christmas lights now on, this weekend really marks the start of the festive season and all manner of Christmassy events will commence.
For those avidly looking forward to the arrival of Santa, he will be arriving at Keydell Nurseries this Saturday in his usual horse drawn carriage style (around 11 am) and you can visit him in his grotto at the garden centre for £10.50 per child on a first come first served basis – it’s not possible to pre-book, you can only purchase the tickets on the day. If you want to pre-book at Keydells you can however purchase tickets in advance for the Santa’s Elves Party with Frozen Characters which is available for £19.99 a ticket and includes a cold picnic tea, party, visit with Santa and choice of unwrapped gift. The parties take place on the 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th 17th and 18th December from 5 pm.
If you’re looking for some gifts then there’s plenty of places to try this weekend:
The St Philips Church (Cosham) Christmas Fayre takes place this Saturday from 12 noon to 3pm and you can also visit Santa there (well, he is magic and he can be in several places at once). St James Church in Milton also have their Christmas Fayre from 10.30 am on Saturday. St Cuthberts Church in Lichfield Road will also be holding a Fayre this Saturday from 10 am with plenty of stalls and refreshments.
Aspex Gallery will be holding a Contemporary Makers Fayre this weekend from 11 am – 4 pm each day, where you will find specially selected stall holders showcasing jewellery, ceramics, print making and glassware. There will be unique gifts and stocking fillers on offer and creative workshops and tasty specials in the café.
Further afield the Occasions Card Shop in Fareham Shopping Centre are holding a Frozen Extravaganza on Saturday where they will have exclusive Frozen stock unavailable anywhere else, specially flown in for this event.
A Christmas Market is being held at the Downland and Weald Museum with reduced entrance fees, 130 stands selling arts, crafts, food and unusual gifts and most importantly, roasted chestnuts.
Finally, what better way to get into the mood than to take in the ultra Christmassy family orientated ballet, The Nutcracker, at the Kings Theatre on Sunday night at 7.30 pm.
If you’d like more details on any of the above simply click on the highlighted words which will take you to the site for further information. There are lots of Christmas Events on the Mumsnet Portsmouth site and if you want to look further afield have a look at the Mumsnet Hampshire or Mumsnet Southampton sites for inspiration. New events are being added all the time.