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Isle of Wight Pre-Christmas Event Guide
There are just so many great reasons to hop on a ferry and escape to the magical Isle of Wight this winter.
Here is your highly recommended Isle of Wight Pre-Christmas Events Guide.
All these events come with the Garden Isle Hotels Team Approval - so don't miss them!
The Garlic Farm - I Love Wight Christmas Market - 24th – 26th November 2017.
A unique collection of Island Crafters will gather at the farm for a weekend Christmas bonanza. Our shop and restaurant will also be open to keep you fed and watered with mulled wine, mince pies and our full winter menu.
Friday 2pm – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 10am – 5pm
Thompsons Nursery - Christmas Event - 25th & 26th November
Shanklin Christmas Fun Day - 2nd December
BRIGHSTONE CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL - 7th - 17th Dec 2017 – daily 10am – 5.30pm
Brighstone and Mottistone, BRIGHSTONE, Isle of Wight, PO30 4BB
A display of over 200 beautifully 'theme' decorated Christmas Trees. With carol concerts; Handbell ringing; Craft Fairs; A weekend Mini Market; Cake raffles; Free glass of mulled wine; refreshments available daily; Home made soup lunches on the Saturday; Lace making demonstrations and musical entertainments with many concerts, there is something for everyone. The children can purchase a mini Christmas Tree to decorate and have judged during the festival.
VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS - Osborne House - 2nd – 3rd Dec 17 – from 10am – 5pm
Osborne House Estate, East Cowes, Isle Of Wight, PO32 6JX
Have a go at traditional games, take a ride on the carousel and delight in jovial entertainers. Hear the festive sounds of the season and smell the roasting chestnuts in the snowy courtyard. Marvel at the skilful Victorian falconer and children can make their own traditional toys. Meet Father Christmas and even Queen Victoria as you tour some of the festively dressed rooms.
ENCHANTED OSBOURNE- Osborne House – 15th – 23rd Dec 2017 – daily 4pm to 8.30pm
Osborne House Estate, East Cowes, Isle Of Wight, PO32 6JX
Strings of lanterns laced through the boughs of trees and fairy lights twinkling behind leaves will lead you along an enchanting garden trail into a magical wonderland. Emerging into the scene of a traditional fair ground, you'll find a carousel and swing boats to carry you back to times gone by. There will be plenty to enjoy besides - from mince pies and mulled wine, to Christmas shopping at our heritage-inspired stalls.
COWES CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL– 16th – 17th December 17
Cowes Yacht Haven, Marina Walk, COWES, Isle Of Wight, PO31 7BD
Showcasing a range of goodies including live cookery demonstrations and samplings, arts and crafts stalls, local producers, live music and children’s entertainment including Santa's grotto.
The Donkey Sanctuary - 11th, 26th November, 3rd, 10th, 16th, 17th, 24th December
Saturday 11th November - Small Pet Show
Sunday 26th November - Christmas Market
Sunday 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th December - Santa in a Stable
Saturday 16th December - Carol Service in the Barns
Christmas Lights Tour – Southern Vectis - 9th - 27th December
Tour prices are £12 adult, under 19s £6 and family (2 adults and 2 under 19s) £30
The Christmas Lights Tour runs from 9th to 27th December except Christmas Day and Boxing Day and lasts about 2 hours 30 minutes.
Don't miss this year's eye-catching illuminations - all masterfully created by Island residents - by taking our special open top bus tour around some of the Island's most colourful festive displays.
It's a fun evening out to spend with friends, family and work colleagues, not to mention the choreographed fairy lights, giant inflatable santas and animatronic reindeers.
And just to make sure you get in the party spirit, there's a stop at the Famous Pasty Company in the Old Village, Shanklin, for a mince pie and a hot drink or mulled wine. (Soft or hot drink for under 19s).
The tour departs at 6.30pm from Newport bus station on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 6.30pm from Ryde bus station on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
Tours must be pre-booked - book by phone on 01983 827000 or call into the Southern Vectis travel shop in Newport bus station (open 7 days a week).
Isle of Wight Steam Railway – Santa Specials - 2nd & 3rd, 9th &10th, 16th & 17th, 21st to 24th December
ISLE OF WIGHT STEAM RAILWAY – HAVENSTREET
Tickets – which include Steam Train Fares
3rd 4th 10th & 11th December – Adult £16, Child £12, Infants (under 5s) £10 except babes in arms
17th 18th 21st to 24th December – Adult £18, Child £14, Infants (under 5s) £12 except babes in arms
(Please Note: All tickets are valid for one day)
Haven Falconry Bird of Prey Centre – Admission to the Haven Falconry Bird of Prey Centre is included in the event admission price (Please Note: All tickets are valid for one day)
SAVE by Booking in Advance Online
For Families, For Friends, For Children, For You!
There's always such a lovely festive atmosphere at Havenstreet Station with Christmas music, a bustling Christmas market, and lots of entertainment and magic shows just for children!
Make sure you enjoy a stroll through Santa's sparkling Winter Wonderland before going to see him … And if you're good he'll have a wonderful gift just for you!
Then relax with a cosy 10-mile round trip through the Island's winter countryside, aboard a majestic steam train.
With seasonal fayre in the Refreshment Rooms and a shop packed with Christmas gift ideas, a visit to Santa at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway is the perfect start to your family Christmas! …And don't forget to look out for Santa's elves! If you're lucky you might see them on their special train taking Santa another sack of presents!
Cats Protection Christmas Fayre 2nd December 12noon - 5pm
122 Marlborough road, RYDE, Isle of Wight, PO30 2HB
£1 Entry. Kids Free!
The Christmas Garden - Sandown Battery Gardens - 16th December 4:30pm
The Christmas Garden will feature choirs, local musicians, art workshops, home-made treats and mince pies and more Christmas magic
Lucid - 24th November 7:30pm Tickets £11
Lucid are very excited to announce they are playing at Shanklin Theatre on Friday 24th November. This years gig promises to be very special as they will be launching their new album on the night. They will be performing as the full 6 piece band plus superb special guest musicians complimenting their rich harmonious sound...
Spotlight (IOW) Ltd Present Winter Wonderland - 26th November Tickets £7 & £5 (u16s)
Ed Byrne - Spoiler Alert - 27th November 8:00 pm Tickets £24
Is life that bad or have we good reason to complain about it? Are we filled with righteous anger at a world gone wrong or are we all just a bunch of whiny little brats? In short, are we spoiled? Come and watch as Byrne takes this question, turns it upside down and shakes it until the funny falls out. Go on, spoil yourself.
Footsteps Dance Studio Present Putting On The Glitz - 1st & 2nd December 7:30pm Tickets £9 and £7 (u14s)
Theatretrain Present Beauty and The Beast - 10th December 1:30pm Tickets £10 and £8 (u12s)
The Beast must find true love but will good triumph over evil? Will Beauty overcome her fears? And will love conquer all? With show-stopping songs, dazzling dancers and hilarious slapstick from these talented young Theatretrain performers Beauty and and the Beast promises to be everything you love about Pantomime.
First Act Present The Snow Queen - 11th & 12th December 6:30pm Tickets £5 & £2.50
Spotlight (IOW) Ltd Present Dick Whittington - 23rd, 24th, 26th December 14:45 (later dates also available) Tickets £17.50 & £13.50
Our show will be filled with great songs to tap your feet to, hilarious comedy and slapstick, action, adventure, romance, special effects and of course plenty of audience participation.
So, come to Shanklin Theatre this Christmas holiday to see the liveliest pantomime of them all and discover if it’s possible that a boy who started with nothing could become the Lord Mayor of London. Looking at how elections have gone recently, anything is possible.