PORTSMOUTH Historic Dockyard has undergone a twinkling transformation ahead of its annual Victorian Festival of Christmas.
The three-day family event takes place from Friday to Sunday between 10am and 6pm.
The dockyard will once again transport visitors into a Dickensian-style bygone era of snowy white streets with seasonal carols, the raucous Fagin’s Tavern, and a Christmas gift market.
The Victorian dockyard will be full of drummers, dancers and pipers, plus a host of colourful characters including chimney sweeps, strumpets, cheeky scamps and Victorian gentry – though caution should be shown with the penny farthings whizzing past.
Also on show will be the oldest Christmas pudding in the world – a recently-discovered relic from the Boer War in 1900 which was found under a kitchen sink in Dorset.
Tickets are available at the Visitor Centre, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, until 4pm tomorrow or on the day.
Prices are £14.50 for an adult and £13 for over 60s or children aged five to 15. A family ticket for five (including a maximum of two adults) costs £44.50.