Meet Santa Fordingbridge

Meet Santa for free

Meet Santa in his grotto in the Victoria Rooms from 6.45pm. Tickets will be given out on arrival. Downstairs in the hall, there will be a buggy park and activities for kids from TUFF.

Elves will be taking groups to the upper room. While you wait to get into the grotto, sponsored by Timothy's, there will be entertainment from Fordingbridge Players. Groups of children will be seen by Santa in his grotto and there will be a chance to have your photo taken. Refreshments from the Scouts will be available downstairs throughout the evening. Santa will be leaving his grotto to head back to the North Pole at 8.45.

Please note, there are a lot of stairs at the Victoria Rooms. If you have accessibility issues, please let us know by emailing so we can make arrangements.

Entertainment & activities

Find out what's going on and where in the town

  • Music stages

    There will be two music stages: The Jacksons stage near Jacksons Solicitors in Provost Street which will feature a selection of choirs, plus the PDQ Airspares live music stage at Bank Corner

  • Avonway

    Featuring a gin and prosecco bar, teddy tombola, a country market, Fordingbridge Dance Studios and JunNk

  • Avonway Annexe

    Taster Sessions from therapists from the Arch Clinic

  • Salisbury Street

    Steam rides from Caxtons to Roundhill, steam organ, Hyde Band and face painting in Bubbles.

  • Library

    Craft sales, children’s crafts, Paul Kidby book signing (6-8pm)

  • High Street

    Street performers, hot food and chestnuts

  • Museum and Tourist Information

    Lucky dip in the Fordingbridge Museum and some Christmas stalls in the Tourist Information office

  • Provost Street

    Climbing wall and teacup rides

  • Town Hall

    Community and Charity Hub featuring stands from Inner Wheel, Cancer Research, St Mary's Church, Busy Bees, Two Bridges Care Group,  Footpath Society, Art Club, Wildlife Rescue, Ringwood & Fordingbridge Lions, Bowling Club, Avon Valley Partnership, Toy Library and Fordingbridge Events Group

  • Roundhill

    Three piece band outside The Salvation Hall and singer, pony rides, alpacas and smaller animals petting zone, craft tables and craft activities for children

  • United Reformed Church

    Craft market

  • Victoria Rooms

    Santa’s grotto sponsored by Timothy’s, children’s entertainment, Fordingbridge Players, refreshments from the Scouts

  • Regal Cinema

    Open evening with mince pies, mulled wine and free ticket competition. Showing a Christmas film, then Mama Mia 2 at 8.15

Starting the festivities

Following a performance from Fordingbridge Infant and Junior School choir, Christmas in Fordingbridge will be officially opened by a local hero, nominated by the people of the town.

He or she will be introduced by Revd Canon Gary Philbrick who has reviewed the nominations and chosen the winner after his traditional Christmas address.


Christmas Baubles

Approximate times for the evening

  • 5.30pm

    The event will be kicked off by a performance from Fordingbridge Infants and Junior Schools Choir on the Jackson stage.
  • 6pm

    Christmas in Fordingbridge will be opened by a local hero, nominated by the people of the town.

  • 6.20pm

    Heavy horses will take Santa to his grotto in the Victoria Rooms. 

  • 6.45-8.45pm

    Santa’s grotto is open. You will be able to see the heavy horses and other farm animals up close in the car park of The George.

  • 8.45pm

    Santa departs Victoria Rooms and proceeds across the bridge and through the town to Provost Street
Christmas Dog

Window Trail Competition

This year sees the return of the Christmas window trail in town. Various shops will have a selection of Christmas characters in their windows from 30th November, along with festive baubles made by local schoolchildren.

Entry forms for the window competition will be available from Adrian Dowding, The Gourmet Grocer and Pampered Dogs.

Fordingbridge Events Group is being helped by New Life Community Church and Fordingbridge Infant and Junior Schools, where the pupils are busy making festive pom pom baubles. These will also be used as decorations on the main tree in the Market Square.

Christmas raffle

There will be a Christmas raffle running throughout November and December with a range of prizes from local businesses.

Tickets will cost £1 for a strip of 5 and are on sale from Jessica, The Fordingbridge Bookshop and The George.

All proceeds from the raffle will be given to Fordingbridge Foodbank.

Fordingbridge Lights Coffee


Christmas in Fordingbridge sponsors

The Fordingbridge Events Group also wants to thank all the sponsors of the Fordingbridge Festival for making this event possible