A Jolly Guide to Christmas in Southampton 2020

Ah, isn’t this time of year just the best? We can enjoy festive hot chocolates, pigs in blankets, and plenty of prezzies…what a dream!

If you’re a student staying in our fabulous Southampton student accommodation you’re probably scratching your head and thinking “what can I actually do this Christmas?”

Well, fear not, because we’ve done some research and gathered a list of jolly things to do this Christmas, and they’re all COVID-safe activities.

So, this year’s been a bit of an odd one, which is why we need to be as festive as possible this Christmas, which is why we’re here to help you!

Let’s take a look at our jolly guide to Christmas in Southampton 2020, get your Christmas jumpers on and let’s get going.

1. Southampton Christmas Lights

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The crimbo lights were put up early this year in the town centre and they’re super impressive!

So why not grab yourself a nice hot choccy and have a stroll, maybe take a few Insta pics whilst you’re at it.

Westquay is the perfect spot for your Christmas shopping, so make a day of it and treat yourself to a cheeky bit of shopping or a meal out.

2. A Christmas Cruise From Southampton

christmas cruise from southampton

This one’s a very boujee option, but why not when you’re studying in a city like Southampton? It’s in the perfect location for a cruise!

There are plenty of Christmas and New Year cruises available, although they may be a little expensive, they’re definitely worth saving for.

Of course, the cruises this year aren’t running due to COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean you can’t save for a couple of years in advance for an extra special treat for you and your mates.

Maybe you could spend Christmas in the Canary Islands, or a 5 day Northern Europe trip?

If you put your mind to it, it would be fairly easy for you and your pals to save in a year or two, perhaps you could reward yourself at the end of uni with a glam trip!

3. Christmas Lunch Southampton

christmas lunch southampton

Fancy a nice Crimbo dinner in Southampton? Cooking can be a bit of a challenge for some students but don’t worry, we’ve got your back!

Pop down to The Vintage Inn in town and have three courses for £66.95, or a 5-course set menu at Miller and Carter for a bit of indulgence.

Cookfood.net are a fabulous website if you don’t fancy cooking something in your student flat, with a whole bunch of Christmas mains, starters and desserts whatever your food preference.

Treat yourself to a portobello mushroom wellington for £10 and dauphinoise potatoes for £6.75, what a winner!

The Chilworth Arms is great as a cheaper option for a Crimbo dinner, with a three course classic festive menu from £27.95.

4. Watch A Panto

christmas pantomime southampton

Oh no he didn’t…oh yes he did! Everybody loves a good panto this time of year, they’re perfect to get you into the festive spirit!

Catch Sleeping Beauty at the Mayflower Theatre starring Joe Pasquale and Lesley Joseph for a bit of fun this year.

Tickets for a standard performance cost from £19.50 to £34.40 with some availability still left before the big day.

Grab your mates and get ready to have a giggle, because that’s what Christmas is all about!

5. Cook Your Own Christmas Dinner

cooking up a christmas dinner in southampton

It’s time to impress your pals with your culinary skills and get cooking a Crimbo feast.

If you and your mates all put some money into a big pot, it actually ends up not being that expensive at all!

We’d recommend heading down to the frozen section in the supermarket and grabbing your roasties, Yorkshire puddings and veg from there for a proper bargain.

In terms of meat, the frozen section is a good choice too, and there’s plenty of veggie options if you shop around.

Cooking your own Christmas dinner with your mates may seem a little daunting, but if you all muck in together it’s actually pretty fun!

Just stick on the cheesy Christmas tunes, put your ugliest Christmas jumper on and make sure you purchase some Christmas crackers.

6. Visit Riverside Park

riverside park in southampton is perfect for a christmas walk

There’s nothing like a nice festive walk for a bit of fresh air, just make sure you wrap up warm in this chilly weather.

Riverside Park is a 32-hectare site along the River Itchen with two cricket pitches, a skate park, a tennis court and play areas.

Grab yourself a coffee to go and have a nice stroll, you might even see a cuckoo along with various other wildlife like otters and water voles – cute!

7. Christmas Canoe Paddle

christmas canoe paddle in southampton

About a 15-minute drive away from central Southampton is New Forest, where you can hop onto a Christmas canoe with your buddies!

It costs £22 for adults, with a 90-minute guided tour and a festive paddle on the Beaulieu River.

Enjoy a hot drink and a complimentary mince pie on arrival and get into the festive spirit.

Who knows, you might even get to meet Santa himself, ho ho ho!

8. Festive Karaoke

festive karaoke in southampton

All I want for Christmas is youuuuu! It’s a banger, right? So why not have a singsong with your mates in your comfy student accommodation for a real laugh.

Whether you’re a big Mariah fan, or you prefer a bit of Band Aid, festive karaoke is always a good idea to get into the festive spirit.

Why not chip in with all your mates and get a karaoke machine? Stick it in the kitchen with a few festive drinks and some mince pies and you’re good to go.

Just because things may be a little different this year doesn’t mean you can’t have lots of fun, it’s all about improvising!

You could make it a wider event and pop onto Zoom with your family and friends and sing your heart out that way, because why not? It’s Christmas after all.

Don’t forget about social distancing! Only have a singsong with your pals in your household, anything else, you’ll need to check the latest government guidelines.

We hope you find these tips useful, and you’re feeling nice and festive already! Obv, things aren’t as we planned right now, but we have to work with what we’ve got. If you’re struggling for Christmas prezzie ideas, read our latest blog for some inspo 😊

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