A Jolly Guide to Christmas in Southampton 2022

Southampton is a small but might city with a pretty sweet coastline. At Christmas, our favourite coastal city doesn’t disappoint either.

From cheesy bingo nights and wholesome skating to hilarious theatre shows, there’s something to delight each and every student.

There’s only a few weeks to go before you pull that cracker, stuff your face and laugh at your drunk cousin so get the student gang together and have a jolly good old time this Christmas in Southampton.

Find out everything here about what to do for Christmas in Southampton for 2022…

1. Southampton Ice Rink

Whilst we don’t have the Christmas Markets to look forward to this year in Southampton, there is the Ice Rink at Westquay Shopping Centre which will be returning for 2022 – who’s excited?

The ice rink opens from November 12 until January 2, and is open daily apart from on Christmas Day.

You can skate around 900 sqm of real ice with your flatmates and show off your skills on the rink!

If you’re not an experienced skater don’t worry, everyone is welcome.

Tickets are just £13 and include your skate hire so, it’s certainly an affordable festive activity.

Why not book your tickets in advance to kickstart your Christmas in Southampton?

Southampton ice rink

Address: West Quay Shopping Centre, Southampton, Hants SO15 1QE

2. Steam Illuminations

A mere 30 minutes drive from the city centre will take you to the delightfully cheerful and wholesome steam train illuminations.

Nestled within Hampshire’s beautiful Winchester lies the market town of New Alresford and a 10-mile LED jackpot.

Running until 2nd January 2022, the steam train illuminations is an incredible light show on the move.

You can bring along your own food or buy refreshments at either of the railway stations.

To make things that much better, you can order treat and drink boxes to collect at departure points – yes please!

This magical ride makes a welcome break from all the boozing (unless of course you want to drink), so be sure to grab a ticket and climb aboard.

Tickets are £55 for two people so, split with a friend this festive season!

light show in Southampton

3. Bingo Lingo

Would Christmas in Southampton be complete without getting into a good game of Bingo with your flatmates? We don’t think so!

Head down to the Engine Rooms on 9th December for some absolute madness.

Yes, Bingo Loco is back but with a Christmas edition that will make the crowd go wild.

For just £16, get your student mates together and have a night filled with dance offs, lip sync battles, confetti showers, prizes, festive bangers and of course, BINGO.

Christmas Bingo Loco is good enough as a standalone event or the best pre-drinks you’ll have all year.

Think bevvies, stage acts, fabulous prizes and a fun-filled time.

This time, it’s a Christmas edition so expect some banging festive tunes and stage battles.

Tickets are just £7 for a student entry ticket if you bring along valid ID which isn’t bad at all.

Get yours before they all sell out!

Bingo Lingo

Address: West Quay Road Industrial Estate, W Quay Rd, Southampton SO15 1GZ

4. Southampton’s Alpine Ski Lodge

We may not have the markets this year (sad times) but we can still enjoy the festive vibes in Southampton with the Alpine Ski Lodge.

Fancy some festive tipples with your mates? Well you’re in luck!

Opening from the 11th November until the 2nd January, Après Bar will be serving the likes of Mulled Wine, Winter Cocktails, Hot Chocolate and Frosty Stein’s of German Bier – mmm.

There’s even cosy mini chalets with space for up to 8 people and waiting service throughout your 2 hour time slot.

Get together with your friends and have a wholesome time for just £20 for a booking which you can split within a group – not bad, eh?

We reckon bookings will get snatched up fast for the mini-chalet, so get yours sorted!

Southampton's Alpine Ski Lodge

Address: West Quay Shopping Centre, Southampton, Hants SO15 1QE

5. Mayflower Theatre

Boozing isn’t for everyone so a trip to the theatre might just be the ticket – check out the Mayflower Theatre for a good old panto.

This winter, you can watch Goldilocks and The Three Bears which is taking place from the 10th until the 31st December.

Jason Donovan is the leading cast member of this years pantomime, alongside Faye Brookes.

You can expect hilarious comedy, special effects, amazing stunts and international circus acts!

With ticket prices starting from £15, this could be a great Christmas get together with your pals.

There’s shows taking place in the afternoon and the evening so you’re spoilt for choice with this Christmas activity!

After all, who doesn’t love a good show? We sure do!

Christmas panto

Address: 22-26 Commercial Rd, Southampton SO15 1GE

6. Christmas Shopping

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or your mates and family, Southampton has loads of shops to choose from this Christmas.

The Beatnick Emporium is the place you need to go for your vintage queens – loads of amazing garms that make the perfect treat or gift. Vintage also means sustainable too so defo give it a visit.

If you fancy a mooch around the shops, a spot of lunch, a boozy tipple, an impromptu jazz sesh, some calligraphy and then a selfie with a leafy reindeer in snow, then West Quays is the one for you.

There’s over 100 stores to mooch around from the likes of Apple, Foot Locker, Lush and Zara to name a few.

Plus, after you’re done shopping you can go ice skating – yipeeee!

Marlands Shopping Centre is also a great place to go for some festive shopping with your pals with 60 shops to mooch around.

Christmas shopping

As you’ve discovered, there’s absolutely tons of things to do for Christmas in Southampton.

Just cos the German Christmas Markets are cancelled for this year doesn’t mean you can’t have some festive fun.

You can even have some festive celebrations in your student accommodation whether it’s hosting a dinner party, having a sing-along to Christmas songs, making festive cocktails, having a movie-marathon or even a baking session!

Whatever you do in this magical city, we hope you have an amazing time this Christmas – it’s going to be a good one!

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