Southampton Christmas festival is back
The incredible flying Santa returns to the skies above Southampton’s city centre precinct as part of this year’s Christmas Festival. On Saturday 11 November, at 5pm, families are invited to join the Right Worshipful Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Les Harris and Wave 105 DJ Mark Collins, as they call upon some Christmas magic to bring our festive lights to life.
After the lights switch-on you can enjoy Santa’s first flight to mark the opening of this year’s Southampton Christmas Festival. After the show, he will invite children to join him at the large Advent calendar to hand out small treats to all. (Provided they have been good!)
Back on solid ground, Above Bar pedestrian precinct will again host a traditional festive market operated by internationally renowned WELA Märkte, which will run through to Saturday 23 December. Featuring alpine themed chalets with traditional German fayre, you can enjoy a delicious bratwurst or waffles, gingerbread hearts or even a mulled wine or cold stein of beer.
As well as over 40 stallholders offering a range of goods including authentic traditional hand-made gifts, this free festival also boasts regular festive entertainment with musicians and carol singers performing daily. Chalets are open 10am to 8pm daily, with the bars staying open for a further two hours in the evening, until 10pm.
To add a little extra special Christmas magic to the Christmas Festival throughout the festive period there will be two Flying Santa shows each day, Monday to Saturday at 5pm and 7pm, and Sundays at 3pm and 5pm. Each show lasts approximately 15 minutes.