These are the best places to see Santa in Portsmouth and Hampshire this Christmas 

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Father Christmas has taken time out of his busy schedule to visit the Portsmouth area this festive season. 

No idea how he has found all the time between preparing Rudolph and all the other reindeer, as well as making all the toys. 

Here are all the places to meet Father Christmas this year

Here are all the places to meet Father Christmas this year

So if your little one is eager to meet Santa this year, and perhaps make sure they are on the nice list this year, here are all the places that can happen this year. 

Portsmouth 

Cascades Shopping Centre 

There will be a Santa’s Grotto in the shopping centre in the centre of Portsmouth this year. 

Father Christmas on board HMS Warrior 1860 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard's Festival of Christmas.  Picture: Chris Stephens.

Father Christmas on board HMS Warrior 1860 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard's Festival of Christmas. Picture: Chris Stephens.

It will be open from November 16 until December 24 – so plenty of time to visit before Santa sets off on his journey around the world on Christmas. 

Cascades Shopping Centre is on Commercial Road. 

READ MORE: Father Christmas and his grotto to return to Cascades Shopping Centre 

The Dickens Christmas Festival 

The annual Christmas market is returning to the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth this festive season. 

And one of the main attractions is the chance to meet Santa – who will be dressed in his traditional green outfit. 

The festival will take from Friday, November 30 to Sunday, December 2. 

Spinnaker Tower

Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower, in the Gunwharf Quays area of the city, will be hosting a Toymaker’s Workshop this Christmas. 

Visitors will be able to see Santa’a elves in action as they put the finishing touches on their llatest batch of cuddly reindeer.

But no trip to Santa’s workshop would be complete without a visit to see Father Christmas in his grotto – yet another place you can see Santa. 

The Toymaker’s Workshop is open from December 1 to December 24. 

Hayling Island

Winter Wonderland

Hayling Funland will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland this Christmas. 

You will be met by Santa’s elves who will then take you on your visit to see Father Christmas. 

From November 24 to December 24. 

Horndean 

Queen Elizabeth Country Park

Santa will be making a one day trip to Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Gravel Hill, on December 8. 

Children will be able to make Christmas crafts, take a ride on a tractor and trailer, follow the Christmas trail and then finally meet Father Christmas in his grotto. 

Saturday, December 8 only. 

Keydell Nurseries

Santa has returned to the popular Keydell Nurseries, in Havant Road, Horndean this Christmas. 

Father Christmas will be in his grotto in the centre every day until Christmas Eve.  

READ MORE: We visited Santa’s Grotto at Keydell Nurseries in Horndean – here’s what we thought

Havant

Staunton Country Park

Children will be able to take a donkey ride to meet Santa and be given a wrapped gift at Christmas on the Farm at Staunton Country Park, Havant

There will also be elf led activities including decorating a Christmas tree decoration. 

Christmas on the Farm will be open from December 1 to December 23. 

Lee-on-Solent

Christmas light switch on

Lee-on-the-Solent's lights switch-on will be in the High Street on Friday 30 November.

A French market will run from 9am until late, with reindeer, petting zoo, Santa’s grotto and fun rides for children. 

Titchfield 

Stewarts Garden Centre

This garden centre has once again built a Santa’s grotto, where children can meet the big man himself. 

It will be open at Stewarts Garden Centre from December 1 to December 24. 

Romsey 

Paultons Park and Peppa Pig World

This attraction near Romsey has been turned into a winter wonderland, see Rudolph and Donner and the Christmas Elves in Santa Claus’ Toy Factory. 

Children will have the chance to meet Father Christmas and get a toy. 

It is open from November 24 to December 24. 

Winchester 

Winchester Science Centre

Santa and the elves are back at Winchester Science Centre. 

Children will have the chance to meet Father Christmas as well as watch a live science show. 

From December 1 to December 24. 

Marwell Zoo

Marwell Zoo has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland – you can head into the elves workshop and create your own Christmas present bag before meeting Father Christmas and receive a special gift. 

You can also have a professionally taken photo at the end of your trip! 

It is open from December 17 to December 24. 

READ MORE: Marwell Zoo has been transformed into magical winter wonderland this Christmas 

Southampton 

Tudor House Museum and Gardens 

Meet Father Christmas in the beautiful historic setting of the Southampton Tudor House and Gardens.

Each child will have the opportunity to meet Father Christmas and receive a souvenir photo and a special gift to take home.

Santa visits must be booked in advance. 

Father Christmas will be at the Tudor House on December 8 and December 9. 

Alresford

Watercress Line

See Santa on a magical steam train ride along the scenic Watercress Line.

As you travel in a festive traditional train carriage Santa and his jolly helpers will visit you in your seat with a special gift!

The magical ride will be available on December 1, 2, 8, 9, 16, 17 and 19-24. 

New Forest 

New Forest National Park

Take a visit to Santa with a twist this year – with the New Forest Activities' Christmas Canoe Paddle. 

Explore the stunning river and keep an eye out for Father Christmas along the way.

All Children will receive a gift from Father Christmas on the water.

Places must be booked in advance.

Available on December 8, 15 and 22. 

Exbury Gardens

You can visit Exbury Gardens in the New Forest for free this Christmas. 

There will be a special ‘Postal Express’ train service running throughout the day.

Along the route visitors will see some beautiful sights and favourite Christmas characters as they head through the woodland and if you’re lucky you may even see Father Christmas. 

On December 8, 9, 15 and 16. 

Andover

Finkley Down Farm

Head to Finkley Down Farm and join elves on a Christmas adventure. 

Along the way children will be given a ‘Santa passport’ and there will be the chance to visit Father Christmas and be given a present. 

From November 24 to December 24. 

The Hawk Conservancy Trust

Santa will be making a special visit to The Hawk Conservancy Trust’s Feather Restaurant for a delicious breakfast.

Children will have the chance to meet Father Christmas in his grotto as well as meet miniature donkeys and an owl.

On December 23 and 24.