The Southampton Christmas Festival takes place on Above Bar pedestrian precinct and will open on the 14th November until the 23rd December.

It features a traditional German market operated by internationally renowned WELA Märkte featuring totally unique, individually designed alpine chalets with traditional German fayre, from bratwurst and waffles to gingerbread hearts and candied fruit.

The market includes over 40 independent stallholders offering a range of hand-made, authentic gifts including wooden toys, baskets, soaps, lamps, jewellery as well as Christmas decorations.

This free festival also boasts daily entertainment with musicians performing every day including live music from Bavarian artists, Klaus Biedermann and Mexx2, providing ambient melodies in the winter wonderland.  Don’t miss these special local performances –
Sun 22 Nov: 11am – 12.45pm Southampton Albion Band
Tues 1 Dec: 2pm – 2.45pm St Deny’s Primary School
Mon 14 Dec: 2pm – 2.45pm Foundry Lane School
Mon 21 Dec: 2pm – 2.45pm St Michaels Church Community Choir

Chalet opening hours: 10am – 8pm
Bar opening hours – 10am – 10pm

One of the highlights of the festival is a ‘Flying Santa’ who will take to the sky over the city centre each day. 

There will be two Flying Santa shows on Monday – Saturday at 5pm and 7pm, Sundays 3pm and 5pm.(This is subject to weather conditions).

The specialist high wire artist Falko Traber will perform the ‘Flying Santa’ show. Falko holds several high wire world records. He will be in a sleigh with his reindeers at a height of 25m and will “fly” over the Festival twice daily on Above Bar Street. Each show lasts approx. 15 minutes.

Santa will invite children to accompany him to the large Advent calendar and hand out small presents to all children. (Provided they have been good!)


Why not book a short break with us and enjoy the festival with special offers on bed and breakfast rooms throughout November & the first two weeks of December!

Call us now to book on 02380 814379 or visit the ‘accommodation’ section of our site.

The Mortimer Arms, Romsey Road, Ower, Southamoton, SO516AF