The smell of mulled wine is beginning to fill the air as Hampshire gears up for Christmas with a plethora of Christmas markets, fayres and festivals leaping up across the county.

Fleet Christmas FestivalThe Fleet Christmas Festival and Christmas light switch on will be on the 26th November from 2pm – 8.30pm. The festivities will feature an ice rink, market stalls, live music, free children’s craft activities and much more.  Parking in Fleet will be free on the day (with the exception of Gurkha Square where the ice rink will be) courtesy of Hart District Council, and Fleet road will be closed to traffic from 12 noon to 11pm between Reading Road and Church Road. Tickets for ice skating are beginning to sell out so don’t leave it too late to get yours.

odiham-christmas-extravaganzaOn the 27th of November Odiham’s Christmas Extravaganza from 5.30pm will be an evening of music, entertainment, seasonal stalls and festive fayre as the Christmas lights get switched on and families can enjoy food, drink, shopping, traditional fun fair rides, Santa’s grotto and street entertainment.

The annual Ash Vale Christmas Fantasia is taking place on Saturday 29th November, with a Christmas fayre in the Ash Centre from 2pm with stalls and tombola. From 4.30pm the Ash Ensemble will begin to sing the evening in with Carols around the Christmas tree at Ash Wharf, accompanied by choirs from St.Peter’s Church and St Mary’s Church.

In Farnborough a Christmas Fayre is taking place at the Farnborough Masonic Centre on Saturday 29th November from 12 noon to 4pm in aid of the Step by Step charity. If you are looking for a jolly sing song, Farnborough Football Club is hosting Carols on the Pitch on Friday 5th December from 7.30, gates opening at 6.15 for the funfair, get tickets in advance.

Hook Christmas ChiorIn Hook the Christmas Fair, run by Hook Schools Parents Association, will be great fun for the children with Wacky the Wizard, Santa’s grotto, stalls, games and raffle 11am – 2pm on Sunday 30th November at Hook Junior School. The Hook Choral Society’s Christmas Concert will delight with seasonal song, traditional carols and readings at St John’s Church on the 21st December.

Hartley Wintney’s High Street Christmas Market is on Thursday 4th December from 4pm – 8pm, with carols on the common at 6pm by the Christmas tree, culminating in a fireworks display at 8pm.

At The Church on the Heath, Elvetham Heath, a charity concert is being held on the 11th December from 7.30pm to 9.00pm to raise money for the Step by Step charity. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for age 5 – 16, family tickets (2 adults + 2 children) for £25, contact fundraising@stepbystep.org.uk.

The well loved Christmas markets in Hampshire will tempt all the senses with music, food, light and laughter providing an ideal opportunity to buy unique gifts, local produce and hand crafted presents.

To help you plan your enjoyment we have listed some of the Christmas fayres and markets below, for more information and a full detailed list of events go to visit-hampshire.co.uk.

  • Aldershot on 15 November
  • Andover on 21 November
  • Fleet on 26 November
  • Lyndhurst on 27 November
  • Odiham on 27 November
  • Lymington on 28 November
  • Gosport on 29 November
  • New Milton on 29 November
  • Bishops Waltham on 4 December
  • Basingstoke on 5 December
  • Whitehill Bordon on 6 December
  • Petersfield on 7 December
  • Romsey on 7 December
  • Alton on 13 December
  • Winchester on 14 December
  • Alresford on 15 December
  • Denmead on 19 December
  • Emsworth on 20 December

(dates correct when published)