Looking for festive things to do this year? Here’s our roundup of the most magical events happening in Chichester this Christmas!

The countdown is officially on for Christmas – it’s time to start making special festive memories. From wine tasting at the

Christmas market, to taking your little ones to meet Father Christmas, the charming city of Chichester has everything you could wish for.

Before you read on, make sure your diary is free – you won’t want to miss out on any of these fantastic events over the

next few weeks!

Shop ‘til you drop

From Christmas markets to late night shopping, there won’t be a missed opportunity to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones this year.

Chichester’s popular Christmas markets promise to be brimming with Christmas cheer, handmade decorations and delicious food.

Chichester Christmas Market

Stansted Christmas Fayre

Weald & Downland Living Museum Christmas Market

Be the organised elf this year by getting your Christmas shopping done early and avoid those stressful weekend queues. Every Thursday from the 29th of November, your favourite high street shops will stay open until 8pm, so you can tick off your Christmas list with plenty of time to spare.

Local cafés and bars will be open too – so why not reward yourself after your shopping spree with a festive hot chocolate, or a well-deserved glass of fizz?

Where to meet Father Christmas

Santa’s on his way to Chichester!

Hop on the Christmas Express train at Amberley Museum, or take a cruise down the canal to visit Santa in his grotto. These are the best places to see Father Christmas this year – find out more about each event by clicking on the links below.

Amberley Museum

West Dean Gardens

The Novium Museum

Weald & Downland Museum

Wyevale Garden Centre

Father Christmas Canal Boat Trips

Chichester City Centre Sleigh Experience

What’s on in Chichester?

Nothing feels more festive than visiting an ice rink, singing along to traditional Christmas carols and watching a magical theatre performance.
See our top picks to help you plan a festive day out.

Visit the theatre

This year, Chichester Festival Theatre plays host to performances, pantomimes and concerts – all in the spirit of Christmas!

The Nightingales – Starring Gavin & Stacey’s very own Ruth Jones.

The Messiah – Laugh hard at Hugh Dennis, John Marquez and Lesley Garrett’s performances in the funniest Nativity you’ll ever see.

The Watsons – Feel like you’ve taken a step back in time when you watch this adaptation of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel.

Dear Santa – A magical treat for kids and grown ups.

Sleeping Beauty – The charming fairytale takes to the stage this Christmas.

An Evening Of Eric & Ern At Christmas – For one night only, enjoy an evening filled with laughter that the whole family will enjoy.

Christmas Concerts – Enjoy performances by Chichester Cathedral Choir and The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines to get you feeling festive.

The Nutcracker – Don’t miss out on this dazzling ballet performance.

Sing along to Christmas carols

Bosham Community Choir are putting on a special Christmas concert this year. Tickets include a glass of wine and all money raised will go to the DREAMBUILDING appeal. Expect well-known Christmas classics and popular hits from musicals.

Something different this Christmas

Looking for something more unique to do this Christmas? Chichester is hosting some sparkly alternatives that are festive yet original – and perfect for a romantic date night, a get together with friends, or a day out with the family.

Festival of Light

See Stansted Park like you’ve never seen before. Take a moonlight stroll through the enchanted forest, where you can gaze at beautiful illuminations and magical interactive displays.

Join the Nutcracker Trail

Get your little ones involved in the hunt for hidden Nutcracker Kings around the city centre. Special prizes, including an iPad Mini, gift cards and theatre tickets, are up for grabs if you can find the names of all 10!

Christmas Lunch Cruise

The perfect treat for adults; enjoy a unique Christmas lunch with wine and mince pies – while cruising down the canal.

Follow The Star of Bethlehem

South Downs Planetarium presents an astronomical detective story, exploring the timeless mystery of the Christmas star.

Whether you’re fascinated by science, or just love everything Christmas-related, Chichester’s science centre is hosting a number of events to fascinate people of all ages this Christmas.

So many reasons to live in Chichester

As fabulous and festive Chichester is at this time of year, the wonderful city is full of fun and excitement all year round.
Chichester borders the South Downs – and the picturesque countryside and sandy beaches make it a desirable place to live.

But that’s just the start.

Chichester offers something for everyone. Feel inspired by the history and charm of rural buildings dating back to Victorian times, or experience a dose of adrenaline at Goodwood Festival of Speed.

This charming city is full of cafés, pubs, restaurants and bars – so you’ll always have the perfect excuse for a night out or coffee catch up. Chichester lets you shop to your heart’s content, with department stores, popular high street shops and independent boutique.