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Christmas On The South Coast

Twinkling Christmas lights reflecting crystal-clear ocean waters. Brisk walks along sandy beaches. Cosy waterside settings brought to life with yuletide settings. The South Coast truly comes alive at Christmas, with the summertime fun making way for a winter wonderland by the seaside. With Solent Hotel & Spa ideally located in Fareham with easy access to both Portsmouth & Southampton, you’ll be spoiled for a choice of seasonal celebrations to get into during your stay with us over the festive period. Here are a few of our favourite things to do on the South Coast this Christmas. 

Portsmouth Christmas Market

The festive season means Christmas Markets making their way to the city, with the promise of delicious food, local delicacies and festive favourites awaiting visitors. The Portsmouth Christmas Market will be returning this year, hosted in beautifully decorated wooden cabins in the city centre. Stalls will be selling scrumptious treats like German sausages and gluhwein, along with Christmas stockings, decorations, and gifts. You’ll also be able to enjoy a seasonal tipple of traditional mulled wine, authentic German beer, and warming coffee or hot chocolate.

Distance from hotel by car

11.6 miles, 19 minutes


Gunwharf Quays

One of Portsmouth’s most popular attractions, Gunwharf Quays is home to fantastic high street stores, remarkable restaurants, boating wonders and incredible architecture, including the famous Spinnaker Tower. This year will see the introduction of the area’s new, exciting seasonal attraction, the Gunwharf Quays Christmas Village. Following a traditional European style, you’ll find craft and gift traders in wooden chalets, with snow-covered Christmas trees surrounding the village. The village will be highlighted with a 22.5 metre-high Giant Observation Wheel, providing guests with incredible views of Portsmouth Harbour. The wheel will be accompanied by traditional carnival rides, including a festive carousel.

Distance from hotel by car

12.7 miles, 21 minutes


Christmas Lantern Tour

Standing strong as Southampton’s most important historic building, the Tudor House is home to over 800 years of history in one fascinating location in the heart of the Old Town. Over the festive period, Tudor House will be hosting several seasonal events to get you in the Christmas spirit. First, step back into Christmas’ past and discover a world of festive history with a Christmas Lantern Tour. Unlock the secrets of Southampton’s seasonal stories from long ago whilst enjoying a lantern-lit tour of the Old Town, including visits to the town’s hidden vaults. Next, step into a world of magic with the Christmas at Hogwarts event, where you’ll create your spellbinding gifts, keepsakes, and decorations to enchant wizards and muggles.

Distance from hotel by car

8.5 miles, 20 minutes


Westquay on Ice & Apres Bar

Get your skates on and make your way across the frozen floors at Westquay on Ice. The spectacular 600-square-metre ice rink will be open every day throughout the festive period, giving you the perfect opportunity to get the family together for a seasonal skate against the incredible backdrop of Southampton’s historic city walls. Once you’ve finished skating, step into the Apres Bar, where you’ll be served a range of festive favourites including mulled wine, winter cocktails, hot chocolate, and frosty steins of German bier.

Distance from hotel by car

8.6 miles, 21 minutes


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