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Christmas in Portsmouth

October 11, 2022

Plans to showcase Portsmouth’s high streets and local businesses are underway as part of a new Christmas campaign to shop local.

Christmas Lights Switch On events will take place as usual in Commercial Road (17 Nov) , Southsea precinct (24 Nov)  and Cosham High Street (1 Dec). The We Shine Art & Light Festival and Portsmouth on Ice rink will return alongside the city centre Christmas Market and Love Southsea Market.

Local businesses are also encouraged to list seasonal specials on Portsmouth’s rediscoverportsmouth.co.uk website

Christmas in Portsmouth starts on 17 November with a celebration of lights. The countdown begins with the Commercial Road Lights Switch On and the opening of the We Shine Art and Light Festival where key locations in Portsmouth will be transformed into a night-time gallery.

Visit the Portsmouth Christmas Market (17 Nov – 24 Dec) in Commercial Road for beautifully decorated wooden cabins selling festive treats from German sausages to glühwein, Christmas stockings and tree decorations.  Pop by the We Create Market (17 – 19 Nov) in the old Sainsbury’s for gift ideas from local makers and artists. For more shopping ideas visit the Love Southsea Market (weekends in Dec).

The We Create Market is also making a comeback to the old Sainsburys building near Commercial Road. Local makers and businesses are invited to apply for a pitch.

From 26 November, enjoy festive skating at Portsmouth on Ice in Guildhall Square until 8 January. The real ice rink, set in a winter wonderland, guarantees skating whatever the weather. New for this year are DJ nights alongside the popular dedicated family and SEND sessions.

Apply to trade at We Create Market 

Apply to trade at Love Southsea Markets

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