Christmas in Lymington: key dates for 2017.

Your guide to Christmas events, carols, fairs, markets and other festivities in the Lymington and New Forest area.

Here is your definitive guide to Christmas in Lymington, Pennington and surrounding areas in and around the New Forest. We have included here Christmas events, Christmas fairs and markets, carol services and crib services, last posting dates, how to get in touch with Father Christmas - and where to find him locally in the run up to Christmas... and other useful information, such as any changes to refuse collections and where to recycle your tree.

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Christmas Events in Lymington and surrounding areas

Christmas moon from St Thomas church Lymington

18 November

Jean Genie Christmas Special! Upcycle an old pair of jeans, maybe as a Christmas present with New Forest Transition Group.

Christmas Card Lino Printing at the New Forest Centre

20 November

Fashion Show in aid of Lymington Sailability at the Chewton Glen.

23 November

Fashion Show in aid of Oakhaven Hospice at Lymington Town Sailing Club.

24 November

Lymington Christmas Lights Evening. Late night shopping, street stalls and refreshments, Father Christmas and the grand lights switch on. Service at St Thomas Church 6pm. Lymington Town Band on Forecourt of United Reformed Church.

Christmas Tree Festival at St Luke's Church, Sway.

25 November

New Forest Orchestra Christmas Concert at All Saints Church, Milford on Sea.

Christmas Tree Festival at St Luke's Church, Sway.

Christmas Festival in New Milton 12 - 5pm.

26 November

Waterside Choir at Belmore Lodge in Pennington.

Christmas Tree Festival at St Luke's Church, Sway.

Byron Road Christmas Lights switch on at 4pm in Barton on Sea.

1 December

Pennington Village Christmas Fair. Fairground rides, street entertainment, market stalls, refreshments and Santa's Grotto.

2 December

Small Business Saturday in Lymington. Support your local retailers, great places to purchase gifts in the run up to Christmas. Lymington Town Band on Forecourt of United Reformed Church. Free parking in town council car parks.

Lymington Choral Society Christmas Concert at St Thomas Church, Lymington.

Make your own Rustic Wooden Christmas Signs at Forest Arts in New Milton.

3 December

Crescendi Concert in aid of Dementia UK at Bashley Village Hall, New Milton.

9 December

Behold the Star. Christmas Charity Concert by Voices of the Forest at St Mary Magdalene Church, New Milton.

Christmas Wine Tasting at Stanwell House Hotel, Lymington.

Festive Badge Making at the New Forest Centre.

Christmas Canoe Paddle and meet Santa along the Beaulieu River with New Forest Activities!

10 December

The Santa Dash in aid of Oakhaven Hospice.

Children's Christmas Craft Workshop at the New Forest Centre.

8 - 12 December

Lymington Christmas Tree Festival at St Thomas Church. 

Music and Mince Pies at Forest Arts in New Milton.

12 December

Children's Christmas Party at The Turfcutter's Arms in East Boldre. 4-6pm. Find out more...

Christmas Carols with Beaulieu Band at The Turfcutter's Arms in East Bolre. 7-8pm. Find out more...

16 December - 1 January (excl 25 December)

Victorian Christmas at Beaulieu: see what the Victorian Montagu family members would have been doing as they prepare for the festive season of 1889. Until 1 January 2018.

16 December

Christmas Canoe Paddle and meet Santa along the Beaulieu River with New Forest Activities!

17 December

Fun for all the family with the grand arrival of Santa by Lifeboat to Lymington Town Quay. 1-5pm

Christmas Jumper night at The Turfcutter's Arms in East Boldre. Find out more...

19 December

Christmas Singalong evening at The Turfcutter's Arms in East Boldre. Find out more...

22 December

Christmas Canoe Paddle and meet Santa along the Beaulieu River with New Forest Activities!

24 December

Track Santa as he starts delivering to children all around the world... http://www.noradsanta.org

25 December

Christmas Day opening times at local pubs waiting to welcome you for a pint:

Turfcutters Arms East Boldre - 11am-1pm

26 December

Come and see the Beagles at The Turfcutter's Arms in East Boldre. Find out more..

Don't miss the Setley Cup, an annual junior model yacht race held on Boxing Day at Setley Pond, near Lymington, starting at 11am.

For information on the Boxing Day Point to Point, see http://newforestcommoner.co.uk

 

Christmas Fairs and Christmas Fayres

Friday 27 October

Christmas Shopping Evening at Acacia. Gift sets, makeup and nail demonstrations. Read more...

Friday 10 November

Oakhaven Hospice Christmas Fair at the Coates Centre. 9am - 7pm. All proceeds to Oakhaven Hospice. Read more...

Saturday 11 November

Oakhaven Hospice Christmas Fair at the Coates Centre. 9am - 5pm. All proceeds to Oakhaven Hospice. Read more...

Friday 17 November

Palace House, Beaulieu. In aid of the Countryside Education Trust. 10am - 2.30pm. Entry £3. Read more...

Saturday 18 November

Christmas Craft and Gift Fayre at the Lymington Centre.

Friday 24 November

Lymington Christmas Lights Evening. Late night shopping, street stalls and refreshments, Father Christmas and the grand lights switch on.

Saturday 25 November

Brockenhurst Village Christmas Fair and Market at Brockenhurst Village Hall. 11am - 4pm. Entry £2 (under 15s free). Read more...

East Boldre Painters Christmas Art Exhibition at East Boldre Village Hall. 10am - 4pm. Read more...

Sunday 26 November

East Boldre Painters Christmas Art Exhibition at East Boldre Village Hall. 10am - 4pm. Read more...

Thursday 30 November

Winter Wonderland and Christmas market at Belmore Lodge in Pennington. 5.30-7.30pm. Read more...

Christmas Market at Kingfishers in New Milton in aid of Bramshaw Riding for the Disabled. From 10.30am. Read more...

Christmas Fair at the Bell Inn, Brook. 4pm onwards. Read more... 

Friday 1 December

Christmas in Pennington Evening. Santa's Grotto, a Brass Band, Street Entertainers and festive stalls are all to be enjoyed, along with the Christmas lights switch-on. 6-9pm.

Saturday 2 December

Baxter Bradford's Photographic Print sale in Lymington, in aid of Força Strength Against Cancer. Find out more...

Exbury Gardens. New Forest Christmas Fair. 10am - 4pm. Entry £2 (children go free). Free parking. Find out more...

Sunday 3 December

Baxter Bradford's Photographic Print sale in Lymington, in aid of Força Strength Against Cancer. Find out more...

Exbury Gardens. New Forest Christmas Fair. 10am - 4pm. Entry £2 (children go free). Free parking. Find out more...

Winter Wonderland at Court Lodge, Lymington in aid of Oakhaven Hospice. Find out more...

Saturday 9 December

Christmas Fair at St Mark's Church, Pennington. 10am - midday. Find out more...

 

Organising a Christmas Fair? Add it to our events calendar! (Find out how here) If it is aid of a charity or if you are a Lymington.com member, we will add it in here and help you spread the word!

 

Last posting dates before Christmas

Christmas last post dates

International Standard (formerly Airmail) and all International Tracking and Signature services (formerly Airsure® and International Signed For®) 
  • Saturday 2 December: Africa, Middle East
  • Wednesday 6 December: Asia, Cyprus, Far East, Eastern Europe (except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia)
  • Thursday 7 December: Caribbean, Central and South America
  • Saturday 9 December: Australia, Greece, New Zealand
  • Wednesday 13 December: Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland
  • Thursday 14 December: Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA
  • Friday 15 December: Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Portugal, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland
  • Saturday 16 December: Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg
International Standard HM Forces Mail - British Forces Post Office® (BFPO) 
  • Monday 27 November: Operational HM Forces Mail
  • Monday 11 December:  Static HM Forces Mail
UK Inland Services  
  • Tuesday 19 December: Royal Mail 48® and 2nd Class post
  • Wednesday 20 December: Royal Mail Tracked 48®, Royal Mail 24® and 1st Class post
  • Thursday 21 December: Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed® and Royal Mail Tracked 24®
  • Friday 22 December: Royal Mail Special Delivery Saturday Guaranteed®

 

Letters to Father Christmas by 8 December

christmas eve Children can post a letter to Father Christmas by Friday 8 December to the following address. It's really important you write Santa's address carefully on a stamped envelope. Please be sure that you include your full name and address in your letter so Father Christmas can write back to you.

Santa/Father Christmas,
Santa's Grotto,
Reindeerland,
XM4 5HQ

For more information click here.

 

Carol Concerts and Services

Saturday 25 November

New Forest Orchestra Christmas Concert at All Saints Church, Milford on Sea.

Sunday 26 November

Waterside Choir at Belmore Lodge in Pennington.

Friday 1 December

Lily Cherpokova Concert at St John's Church, Boldre.

christmas tree festival at St Thomas Church Lymington

Saturday 2 December

Lymington Choral Society Christmas Concert at St Thomas Church, Lymington.

Sunday 3 December

Advent Carol Service at St Thomas Church, Lymington. 4pm.

Monday 3 December

Crescendi Concert in aid of Dementia UK at Bashley Village Hall, New Milton.

Messy Christingle at St Luke's Church, Sway. 4pm.

Monday 4 December

Light Up A Life 2017. A service of remembrance and thanksgiving for those who are no longer with us. St Thomas Church, Lymington at 3:00pm or 6:00pm.

Friday 8 December

Opening of Christmas Tree Festival - carols with the Robins Choir from Lymington Infant School. 10am.

Saturday 9 December

Behold the Star. Christmas Charity Concert by Voices of the Forest at St Mary Magdalene Church, New Milton.

Sunday 10th December

New Forest Children's Choir Concert at St Thomas Church, Lymington. 5pm.

Ringing and Singing for Christmas at St John's, Boldre. 3-4pm. With the Sway Handbell Ringers and Milford Minstrels.

Monday 11th December

St Nicholas Singers Christmas Concert at St John's Church, Boldre. 4pm. Tickets £10 from Maxwell Hamilton (01590 672191).

Tuesday 12th December

Carol Service in aid of Oakhaven Hospice and Naomi House at St Thomas Church, Lymington. 6pm.

Saturday 16th December

Promenade Concert with Fernhill String Orchestra "A Christmas Cracker". 11am

Sunday 17th December

Choir Carol Service at St Thomas Church, Lymington. 4pm

Candlelit Carol Service at St Saviour's Church, Brockenhurst. 5pm.

Carols by Candlelight at St Luke's Church, Sway. 6.30pm

 

Christmas Services

christmas lights in Angel Courtyard Lymington

Sunday 24th December

Family Crib Service at St John's Church, Boldre (with donkeys). 3pm.

Christingle Service at St Saviour's Church, Brockenhurst. 4pm.

Family Crib Service at St Luke's Church, Sway. 4pm.

Family Crib Service at St Thomas Church, Lymington. 5pm.

Midnight Mass at St Luke's Church, Sway. 11.15pm.

Midnight Communion at St Saviour's Church, Brockenhurst. 11.15pm.

Midnight Mass at St Thomas Church, Lymington. 11.30pm. 

Monday 25 December 

Holy Communion at St Luke's Church, Sway. 8am.

Holy Communion at St Saviour's Church, Brockenhurst. 8am.

Family Christmas Service at St Saviour's Church, Brockenhurst. 9.30am

Family Christmas Service at St Luke's Church, Sway. 10am.

Christmas Communion at St Thomas Church, Lymington. 10.30am.

Family Christmas Communion at St John's Church, Boldre. 10.30am.

Short Service of Holy Communion at St Luke's Church, Sway. 11am.

Holy Communion at St Saviour's Church, Brockenhurst. 11.15am.

  

father christmas santa sleigh lymingtonFather Christmas in Lymington

Friday 24 November - Lymington Christmas Lights evening

Friday 1 December - Pennington Christmas evening

Friday 8 December - Milford on Sea Carol Service

Saturday 9 December - Everton Nurseries

Sunday 10 December - Everton Nurseries

Friday 15 December - United Reformed Church, Lymington High Street

Sunday 17 December - Lymington Town Quay (arriving by boat)

Thursday 21 December - Outside Waitrose, Lymington

Friday 22 December - Outside Waitrose, Lymington

Saturday 23 December - Lymington High Street

Then Santa will be returning to the North Pole for final preparations for his big night! 

 

Christmas Pantomines and Productions in and near Lymington

The Frog Prince - by Forest Forge Theatre Company and Bumblefly Productions

1 - 20 January 2018 on tour in the local area. Details to follow soon.

Beauty and the Beast - by the New Forest Players

4 - 7 January 2018 at New Milton Memorial Centre.

Jack and the Beanstalk

2 December - 1 January 2018 at Bournemouth Pavillion

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

15 December - 7 January 2018 at the Mayflower Southampton

Cinderella 

8 December - 6 January 2018 at the Lighthouse, Poole

 

Things to do a little further afield...

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market and Ice Rink is on from 20 November until 4 December.

Ice Skating at West Quay, Southampton from 11 November until 2 January 2018.

Christmas Market in Above Bar Precinct, Southampton from 13 November until 23 December.

Ice Skating and Alpine Bar in the Lower Gardens, Bournemouth fom 24 November until 2 January 2018.

 

Christmas tree recycling:

Christmas tree drop offs between 2 - 12 January 2018


Brockenhurst - Brookley Road car park
Fordingbridge - A338 slip road car park
Hythe - New Road car park
Lymington - St Thomas Street car park
Lyndhurst - Village centre car park
New Milton - Crossmead Avenue car park
Ringwood - The Furlong car park
Totton - Westfield car park

 

 

 

 

 

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