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4 Fun Christmas Days Out to enjoy with the kids in Hampshire

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December 4, 2018

It is that time of year where it can be tricky to decide which is the best Christmas day out for the kids.
Do you take them to see the Garden Centre Santa, enjoy a slap up breakfast or Afternoon Tea with the big man, or make a full day out of it?
We have been busying trying out some fabulously fun Christmas days out and these are four of our favourites in the county of Hampshire.

Best Christmas Day Out for under 5’s in Hampshire

Paultons Park
Paultons Park, home to pre-school favourite Peppa Pig World, is transformed with twinkling illuminations, seasonal music, giant Christmas trees and even Santa in his sleigh with the reindeer from the popular TV series.
All your favourite rides are open in Peppa Pig World and the Lost Kingdom and you get the opportunity to meet Peppa Pig and George in their winter scarves, hats and coats.
Peppa Pig World
Meet Santa in his magical Grotto and many of his animal friends along the way as they all get ready for Christmas Eve. Adorable animated characters greet you at every turn with twinkling lights and magical scenes brought to life and make sure you catch the Very Merry Christmas Show for fun songs and dance.
Paultons Park Christmas
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Best Christmas Day Out for under 12’s in Hampshire

Once the kids get a bit older, it can be harder to find something suitable for them to enjoy on the run up to Christmas, but I have found the perfect day out.
Winchester Science Centre
Santa and his elves are visiting Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium on the run up to Christmas with pantomime favourite Jack and the Beanstalk and the experience comprises two main events, an hour-long Santa and science experience and a 30-minute Reindeer Round-up in Space planetarium show.
Winchester Science Centre
The show encourages you to “Give Science a try” as you try to get Jack to the top of the beanstalk with a range of fun, elf led experiments. Enjoy miniature explosions, dry ice and pantomime fun as you test out balloons, cannons and rockets to get to the golden egg, before the chance to meet Father Christmas.
Father Christmas
There is also an Elf Workstation set up on the top floor where the kids could indulge in some science and crafting and all the exhibits to explore – a full, fun-filled day out for all – read my full review of the Santa and the Elves Workshop here.

Best Christmas Day Out for the family in Hampshire

When it comes to entertaining children where there is a large age gap, it can be tricky to get it right, but this is where Christmas at Marwell Zoo zooms in as the perfect day out.
Marwell Hall
Set inside the zoo’s Grade 1 listed manor house, the Christmas at Marwell event sees you being treated to a visit to an enchanting Neverland-inspired world as well as being able to explore the zoo as part of your ticket on the day.
Mother Christmas
The kids got to see if their names were on the naughty or nice list, enjoyed a story with Mother Christmas and the elves, took part in an elf workshop to decorate their own bags and got to meet Father Christmas too.
Christmas at Marwell
Visiting Marwell is a full day out of fun, however, if you book onto their evening Christmas sessions, from 4.00pm, entry to the zoo is not included but you will receive a return ticket, from our elves, on arrival at the Hall to return to visit the zoo again by the 17 March 2019.
Snow Leopard

Best Christmas Evening Out for the family in Hampshire

For those that fancy an evening out for the family, Christmas at Beaulieu is the perfect choice.
Beaulieu’s stunning new illuminated Christmas trail features over one million lights in a mile long shimmering trail of 11 individual installations and is a real sight to behold.
Palace House
With a small funfair, Christmas food stalls, a “WOW” moment to see around ever corner and the appearance of someone very familiar, this a fabulous evening out with a difference.

Have you got any favourite Christmas days out?

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    Laura Dove

    December 4, 2018

    Ah so many lovely ideas here! I wish I didn’t live so far away!

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    December 4, 2018

    Wish we had something similar to this (Peppa Pig) out here in California! My daughters love that cartoon!

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    Tracey Kifford

    December 5, 2018

    These are great ideas. I’m struggling this year with knowing what to do. My children are 10 and 12. The 10 year old is still very much in the Santa camp. The 12 year old wants to believe, but she’s starting to question it all. Together they are too old for a Santa visit. I don’t even know if Santa’s elves cater for 10 and 12 year olds in their grottos? A Christmas Market will be really expensive as they’ll just see it as an opportunity to shop and spend money. I honestly don’t know what to do!

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    Jackline A

    December 5, 2018

    I didn’t know there was a Peppa the Pig park, my little one absolutely loves Peppa! It’s a shame we’re in Canada, haha! But i feel like a lot of these really cute ideas have a local equivalent, gives me a good base to start searching in my own area!

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    December 5, 2018

    We’ve been to the Marwell’s zoo in Hamspshire and have also wanted to go to Paultons. Glad you reminded me about that!

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    December 5, 2018

    So many wonderful ideas right here. If I am ever in the area, I would definitely take my family to check all of these out.

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    December 5, 2018

    What a great video and I love Peppa Pig! I can see kids love the rides and having so much fun.
    And the ducks in the pool are so cute.

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    Surekha Busa

    December 5, 2018

    That’s awesome, a day with Santa is unforgettable for kids below 10. I remember when I was 6 years old. I used to hang big red socks or even ordinary socks sometimes and check it every morning. So silly of me.

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    Treasure Every Moment

    December 5, 2018

    Oh wow the illuminated Christmas trail looks beyond magical – my daughters would love to visit all of these festive events I’m sure 🙂

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    Melanie williams

    December 5, 2018

    Wow so many family Christmas days out. Love the one at Marwell zoo – looks so festive xx

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    December 5, 2018

    Oh Nila would love to see peppa pig for Christmas!

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    Elizabeth Williams

    December 5, 2018

    Wow all of these look amazing in their own right. Love the look of the family Christmas evening at Beaulieu. It is always such a struggle to know where to go to visit Santa and celebrate Christmas, go all out or something small.

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    December 5, 2018

    Looks like you’re having a great time with the family! Enjoy this joyous month with them <3 xo, Suzanne

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    McKenzie Cherrington

    December 5, 2018

    Aww your blog is the cutest! I am glad I stumbled across it!

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    Bella and Dawn at Dear Mummy Blog

    December 5, 2018

    We loved Christmas at Marwell after visiting recently! Winchester Science centre sounds like a great experience and the kids had fun. Great list of things to do in Hampshire.

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    Cath - Passports and Adventures

    December 5, 2018

    Wow you’ve found some amazing Christmas days out. I’d love the Christmas at the Science Centre (being a scientist by trade) and Christmas at Marwell sounds brilliant too. And those lights, what a picture you captured!

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    Catherine Santiago Jose

    December 6, 2018

    I have never been in that park and it looks really a perfect place to visit with my kids on this holiday season. Such an stunning place!

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    Jasmine Hewitt

    December 6, 2018

    my son loves peppa pig! he would have flipped!

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    December 6, 2018

    Such fun! All of these look like adventures that would end up being fun at any age!

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    Pati Robins

    December 6, 2018

    there is so much to do !! i never thought i wanted to visit there but now seeing your photos i really do

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    December 6, 2018

    Loving the photos here. I am like a big kid when it comes to Christmas.

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    Lauretta at Home and Horizon

    December 6, 2018

    Christmas at Marwell Zoo looks like an awesome idea. I think it’ll be a great experience for the little ones.

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    December 6, 2018

    Hampshire looks like the place to be. Love the different varieties for each age range and that illuminated trail looks fantastic

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    Jenne Kopalek

    December 6, 2018

    That looks so fun! What a great Christmas round up of places to see!

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    Tesha Capri' Cummings

    December 6, 2018

    This is exactly the part of the UK I imagine in my mind.

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    December 7, 2018

    My niece and nephew are off to Peppa Pig world this Christmas and they absolutely can’t wait – it’s such a great day out for them!

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    December 7, 2018

    I wish I lived a bit closer, so many great days out! We definitely want to visit Paultons park at some point soon though.

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    December 8, 2018

    Looks like there are plenty of fun things to do. Love the Peppa Pig pictures

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    December 9, 2018

    We LOVE Paultons Park, I wish we lived closer! But OH MY GOSH! Christmas at Beaulieu looks amazing! So magical and festive!

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    December 10, 2018

    I’ve always wanted to go to Paulton’s. Oscar is a big fan of Peppa, but sadly we live way too far away to visit 🙁
    Louise x

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