The Dickens Christmas Festival

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Open: Awaiting 2019 dates

About this event

Travel back in time at The Dickens Christmas Festival, Portsmouth, where snowy streets welcome you to a world of festive cheer, as you enjoy one of the south’s finest Christmas festivals. This year we’re celebrating Portsmouth-born Charles Dickens, seen by some as the father of the modern Christmas! Meet characters from Mr. Dickens’ most famous novels including Oliver Twist, The Old Curiosity Shop, Great Expectations, David Copperfield, and A Christmas Carol. Plus, meet Father Christmas in his traditional green robes!

Treat yourself to some well-earned retail therapy as you browse our Christmas markets or visit our brand new gin and Prosecco parlour for an added bit of indulgence. Dickens himself was said to have been a fan of gin and was impressed with the new fangled “cocktail” on a trip to America in the 1840s – the Gin Sling became a firm favourite of his for the rest of this life.

See if you can spot The Living Snow Globe – the most curious object of them all, as she wanders around the Historic Dockyard. She’ll often be seen near snowy areas and loves being the centre of attention. Can you try and get a picture with her? Try and make her smile – it won’t be easy!

Get your tickets before 31 October at early-bird prices!

Find out the best ways to travel to The Dickens Christmas Festival this season, when to arrive and what themed zones are available to explore.


  • Miniature railway
  • Fagin’s Tavern Bar
  • Gin & Prosecco Parlour
  • Indoor markets
  • Food & drink markets
  • Dickensian characters
  • Traditional Father Christmas

Please note

Christmasmarkets.com does not organise this event.

Please check the information and dates with the event organiser before visiting.

Traders & Suppliers

Visit our traders page for information about exhibiting at the Dickens Christmas Festival.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Dockyard Attractions Open as Normal 10am - 6pm 10am - 6pm 10am - 6pm
  • Maureen


    Very well organised. Great atmosphere a full day out so excellent value.

  • Keyboard Gnome

    Rating: 4 / 5

    We have been to the Christmas Market several years running, and thoroughly enjoy it every time. Good stalls, sensible prices, small rides for the children and plenty to see. If I have a reservation at all it is that this year (2014) the Characters wondering about the event did not interact with people or each other in the loud, outrageous way they have done in the past. Which is a pity. They make all the difference. Having said that, there seemed to be more stalls, and visitors, this year, 2014, which gave the place a buzz. It is a very good-natured, family friendly event.

  • MaryLU

    Rating: 5 / 5

    Absolutely awesome experience! We've been last year to the Christmas market at Portsmouth Dockyard, while making a trip around the UK. There must have been literally hundreds of people in Victorian costume wandering around in the artificial snow. Not only put me in the mood for Christmas, but I got half of my Christmas shopping done too! I'd definitely go back

  • Pompey South

    Rating: 5 / 5

    We have been going to the festival of Christmas for the last few years and it gets better every year. There are loads of stalls selling a variety of gifts and crafts, loads of Victorian characters and the snow covered street! The atmosphere is always fantastic and really gets our Christmas started! Add to that all the attractions being included with your ticket (Victory, Warrior etc) and it makes for a really full day out.

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