New Forest Christmas Vacation

Enjoy a perfect festive getaway in the enchanting New Forest this Christmas. During the winter months, the New Forest is a truly magical scene, with views of frosty picturesque landscapes to take in and a peaceful atmosphere to breathe in.

Going away for Christmas doesn’t mean you need to go abroad, just far enough from home for a change of scenery to help you feel relaxed and refreshed this holiday season.

Things to do at Christmas in the New Forest

The New Forest is full of festive activities to keep your spirits high this Christmas. Below we have some suggestions of things to do in the New Forest this December:

New Forest Christmas Fair 2018

(November 24th – 25th & December 1st – 2nd, 10am-4pm)

Although Exbury Gardens is closed from November 2018 – March 2019, Christmas events still run throughout weekends in November and December, including The New Forest Christmas Fair 2018, which is a traditional Christmas day out, full of festive activities, local produce and gifts.

And of course, you can take a wintry stroll through the famous and beautiful Exbury gardens or take a ride on the steam railway.

Christmas at Beaulieu

(On selected dates between 23rd November – 24th December)

At night, the Beaulieu estate is transformed into an illuminated trail from the grounds to the gardens. The mile-long walk has a stunning display of lights illuminating the tree-tops and leaving the hedges sparkling.

The Christmas at Beaulieu trail includes a scented fire garden in the ruins, an icicle walk, a tunnel of light canopy, singing trees, palace house panorama, seasonal food and gifts, topped off with Father Christmas greeting you from the rooftop.

Christmas carol singing

For a more traditional Christmas activity, you can go Christmas carol singing in the New Forest, which is sure to get you in the festive spirit. There are a few carol services to get involved in this Christmas in the New Forest, including the below carol services.

  • Carols on the Green: A carol service at Milford-on-Sea with a Christmas lights switch-on, Father Christmas and late-night shopping.

Christmas workshops at Durlston Court Prep School

(November – January)

There are numerous Christmas workshops taking place in the run-up to Christmas. From Christmas door wreath making to Christmas table decorations and Christmas cake baking, there is something for everyone to get involved in.

Materials, ingredients and equipment are provided for each workshop event, food and refreshments are available and you get to take home your fantastic creation (as well as the knowledge of how to make it all over again if you want to).

For information on Christmas workshop events, visit:

Ready to celebrate Christmas in the New Forest?

Passford House Hotel is located in the New Forest, making it the perfect stop for a magical Christmas this December.

Just a short drive away from some great Christmas activities as suggested above, you can then retreat back to the warmth of our cosy hotel for more festive celebrations.

If you are planning to stay in the New Forest this Christmas, why not join us? Take a look at our Christmas offer or book one of our rooms.

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