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Woodside Coastal Retreat is ideally placed on the island to explore all it has to offer, and during the festive period there is a plethora of events going on waiting to be discovered! From Santa train rides to full blown Christmas Markets, there will be something to get you in the Christmas spirit.
When: Selected Dates in Dec / Where: IOW Steam Railway / Prices: Adult £16, Child £12, Under 5s £10
These Santa Special train journeys are an annual event on the island and are always hugely popular! Relax on a 10 mile journey full of festive cheer and see the beautiful winter scenery of the Isle of Wight. Santa’s yearly visit to Havenstreet is the perfect place to kick of your Christmas, with a bustling Christmas Market including festive food and gifts, as well as a range of entertainment and mind-blowing magic shows too! Walk through Santa’s Winter Wonderland and keep an eye out for his helpful elves around too!
When: 11th Dec – 2nd Jan / Times: 10:00am – 4:00pm
This annual festival is a definite ‘must-see’ while on the island during the festive period. 200 Christmas trees will be spread all throughout 7 different locations, creating joy and delight at each one. There will also be a wonderful Santa Snowy Grotto at the Exchange in Brighstone for all the family to enjoy, along with plenty of attractions including carol singing, handbell ringing, craft markets and even a delicious hog roast to get you in the festive spirit. There will also be an opportunity to watch the lovely ‘Nativity Pagent’ which is performed by a cast of local residents. With a full programme of events for the Christmas Tree Festival, you are sure to find the festive activity for you and your family to enjoy!
Where: Osborne House / When: 2nd – 3rd Dec / Times: 10:00am – 5:00pm / Prices: Adult £19.40, Child £11.90 / Booking Recommended 0370 333 1183
It’s only fitting for a wonderful Victorian Christmas Fair to be held at Queen Victoria’s summer home. Osborne House is surrounded by spectacular scenery, with the 2 day fair adding that festive cheer to the surroundings. There will be traditional side show games to enjoy, as well as a beautiful Victorian Carousel and Victorian music played throughout too. Stroll around the house and meet the Toy Maker, then head outside to watch the magnificent birds of prey take flight at the Falconry Display. Don’t forget to meet Father Christmas, and even Queen Victoria herself, as you tour the festive rooms in the house. Wander around the courtyard, ride the swing boards and see the entertainers and stalls, a truly festive day out for all the family!
When: 15th – 3rd Dec / Times: 4:00pm – 8:30pm / Prices: Adult £14, Child £9.50
A fantastic winter tale of light, colour and sound! Visit the stunning grounds of the Osborne Estate after dark and view a whole new side of this enchanting place. Follow the string of lanterns and fairy lights through the twinkling trees and wander around the trail and emerge in a magical wonderland of a traditional Victorian fair, including a stunning carousel and swing boats, as well as delicious mince pies and mulled wine to warm your cockles. There will also be stalls selling handmade Christmas gifts to browse around too!
When: 18th – 19th Nov / Times: 10:30am – 4:30pm
There will be over 60 stalls available at the annual Cowes Christmas Fair, which is one of the islands most popular Christmas events! There will be a wide range of stalls offering handmade crafts and gifts for that perfect present, as well as a host of delicious refreshments on offer to keep you warm and fuelled for your shopping spree!
So whether you’re looking at staying at Woodside Coastal Retreat, or our sister park Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat, you will be perfectly placed to venture out and enjoy all the festive cheer that island has in store for you!
Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat hosts first class facilities, including a state of the art gym, Kellermans Restaurant serving mouth-watering food and the Woodside Bay Spa Lodge offering Aromatherapy Associates treatments in a relaxing environment. And best of all? Even if you’re staying at Woodside Coastal Retreat, you will still have unlimited access to these amazing facilities! Book your Christmas holiday with us now and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere around you.
Have a Merry Christmas with Darwin Escapes!