Day 7: Visit Southampton

Data Thistle
4 min readDec 16, 2022


Markets, pantos and days out with Santa abound in Southampton this Christmas! Pick the perfect activity for you and your loved ones for a festive day out!

Southampton Christmas Market

Come along to Southampton Christmas Market! With all your favourite Christmas treats, the market is the ideal place to get into the Christmas spirit! German sausages, crêpes, churros, hot Glühwein and hot mulled cider, there’ll be something for everyone. The market gives you the chance to get some unique Christmas gifts for all the family whilst supporting independent retailers.

Big Christmas Giveaway

Until Sunday the 1st of January you have the chance to enter the ‘Big Christmas Giveaway’ where you could win theatre tickets, overnight stays, gift cards and other treats! After spending over a certain amount at various stores in Southampton you will receive a competition slip to deposit at either designated Christmas post box, in The Marlands Shopping Centre.

The Great Elf Investigation

Bring the kids along to this free family walking trail to help Santa! Santa is trying to find some missing toys that his elves stole but he needs your help to find them. If you don’t already have a map then you can locate one at Neds Noodle Bar/Stakks Pancake Hour, Decathlon, The Marlands, or Westquay.

Westquay On Ice

Westquay on Ice is open now! Come skating on the 600 square metre ice rink in the historic setting of Southampton’s historic city walls to celebrate this Christmas!

Après Bar

Transport yourself from the English coast to the alps at Southampton’s alpine ski lodge bar this Christmas! Open now until the 2nd of January this Après Bar hosts private mini chalets which can be booked for up to 10 guests. Get your family and friends together to have an intimate evening to celebrate the run up to this Christmas!

Christmas Makers Market at God’s House Tower

Come along to the Makers Market to see what treasures await you! With jewellery, prints, ceramics and much more, the market offers an array of unique gifts that your loved ones will love!

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Jason Donovan takes to the Mayflower Theatre to play the Evil Ringmaster in Goldilocks and the Three Bears! Don’t miss your chance to see this year’s pantomime.

Alice: A Musical Adventure In Wonderland

Brought to you by MAST Mayflower Studios, this production of ‘Alice: A Musical Adventure in Wonderland’ has been adapted for the Christmas Youth Production cast! Featuring songs from Elvis, Take That, The Monkees, and many more, you’re in for a toe-tapping experience.

Meet Santa at John Lewis

John Lewis is partnering with LEGO® this year to bring Santa and his bag of Goodies to your nearest store! All of Santa’s visitors will receive a LEGO® or LEGO DUPLO® gift as well as the excitement of meeting Santa!

Snow White at The Stage Door

Snow White the adult pantomime returns! This adults only pantomime is sure to entertain you and your friends this Christmas season!

We hope you have a safe and magical Christmas in Southampton, whatever you do!

The Data Thistle Team x