Christmas Isle of Wight
There are so many things to do on the Isle of Wight in December, why not treat yourself to a quick break and stay on one of our self catering properties. Free ferry crossings are being offered with Red Funnel Ferries so now is the perfect opportunity to pop over. Take a look at our available properties here; Properties The Wight Holiday Company
New for 2017 – Enchanted Osborne
For the very first time, join friends and family to enjoy the beauty of Osborne House and grounds after dark, with a stunning fairy-tale of light, colour and sound. You’ll find strings of lanterns laced through the boughs of trees. Marvel as fairy lights twinkle – leading you on a magical walk through the beautiful gardens at Osborne.
Enchanted Osborne takes place between Friday 15th and Saturday 23rd December – so get into the Christmas spirit at Queen Victoria’s favourite home to celebrate Christmas in style.
The 21st Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival
Historical legend says Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert brought the tradition of indoor Christmas trees to Britain. The 21st Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival brings over 200 uniquely decorated Christmas trees to pubs, churches, village halls and attractions in the rural heart of the West Wight. With musical entertainment and refreshments on offer, this festival is a very special start to the festive season.
The main Christmas Tree Festival Long Weekend is 7th – 10th December, but well over 100 trees remain on display until the 2nd January 2018.
Even more to do at Christmas time
The Isle of Wight hosts a range of Christmas events to keep you and your family entertained over the festive period. From Santa and Boxing Day Specials at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Christmas wreath making at Ventnor Botanic Garden to the Vienna Festival Ballet, there’s plenty of to do.
The Cowes Christmas Festival is on between 16th and 17th December. It’s a great place to pick up a fabulous gift from a local producer or crafts person. There’s also entertainment, live cookery demonstrations, music, children’s entertainment including Santa’s grotto and much more.
Isle of Wight Christmas Shopping
Discover a uniquely Isle of Wight gift by exploring some of our quintessentially English towns and villages. You’ll find plenty of craft and produce hand-made on the Isle of Wight to take home to family and friends. Visit our farm shops and farmers’ markets to create your own special Christmas hamper filled with local cheese, garlic and tomatoes. We even distill our own gin on the Island!
Immerse yourself in the Island’s landscape From Victorian poets and authors to modern day writers, the Isle of Wight Literary Heroes Trail takes you across the Island, discovering the haunts of our famous literary residents and visitors.
Whether on foot or by bike, one of the Isle of Wight’s most impressive features is its stunning landscape. From stunning chalk cliffs, to ancient inland woods and secluded coves, the winter scenery of the Island is stunning and dramatic.
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 the 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!