Ho ho ho! It’s time to get in the festive spirit with a round-up of 2018’s fun and festive seasonal events on the Isle of Wight. These are Wightlink’s top picks of things to do on the Island to capture that Christmas spirit.

You might even be able to see the big man himself as he stops by on the Island before he makes the rounds on Christmas Eve. If you do, put in a good word for us!

12 December

Christmas wreath making class at The Garlic Farm

Create your own Christmas wreath to take home with you at the end of the evening while enjoying a delicious light supper from the Garlic Farm.

Imagine how festive you’d feel hanging a wreath you’ve made up on the front door!

15 December

Carol service at the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

Combine a visit to the donkeys with a jovial sing-a-long. The carol service is just one of many seasonal events the Sanctuary is holding over the Christmas period, keep an eye on the website for more information.

15 – 16 December

Santa and the Grinch’s Grotto at Tapnell Farm, Yarmouth

Wind your way through the grotto to help Santa and the Elves give some much needed Christmas joy to Mr Grinch. This experience is perfect for little ones and gives them a chance to give their list to Father Christmas.

The farm is wonderfully wintery, and it also means you can tie the trip in with a visit to the other animals too. There are, of course, traditional farm yard animals but don’t miss the more exotic wallabies and meerkats!

21 – 23 December

Meet real reindeer at Tapnell Farm, Yarmouth

Every year Santa’s reindeer take an Isle of Wight getaway to make sure they are fully rested before they set off on the epic round-the-world journey on Christmas Eve. It’s a long night delivering presents and Tapnell Farm make sure they’re ready for their global adventure.

There’s also chance to write your letter to Santa then meet him, Mrs Claus and the Elves while learning all about the reindeer.

On the 21 December there will be several Autism Friendly Grotto Sessions for Santa and his real Reindeer. Groups will be smaller, music quieter and Santa and the Elves will be prepped for a warm welcome. Head to the Tapnell Farm website to find out more.

29 December

The Dinosaur Isle Christmas Fossil Walk

Walk off the Christmas dinner with a guided fossil walk from Dinosaur Isle starting at the museum at 10am. Don’t forget your wellies and plenty of layers to wrap up warm!

All through December

Visit Santa

Santa is making several stops throughout December including The Needles, Arreton Barns and to the stables at the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary.

You can even take a special trip on the Santa Special steam train at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway to visit Santa.

Look at the Christmas lights

Jump onboard the Southern Vectis Christmas lights tour for a night out with a difference. The open topped festive double-decker bus is driven by Santa, who will guide you round the best light displays the Island has to offer.

This runs on alternate nights from Newport and Ryde between the 8-23 December.

Christmas shopping

If you want to do a bit of shopping for Christmas baubles, trinkets and decorations then you need to stop by Russell Ince’s Christmas Imaginarium in Ryde or Jingle Bells in Shanklin.

Pick up an Isle of Wight decoration to hang on your tree and remember the fun you had during your visit.

Wightlink is your link to all of these exciting Christmas events on the Isle of Wight. Book your festive ferry today and make December a magical month!


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