Its the most wonderful time of the year, and an even more wonderful time to visit the Isle of Wight.  Don’t mistake this small island as a stereotypical ‘bucket and spade’ beach resort, it’s much more than that!  In the winter months, discover a whole new side to the Isle of Wight as festive wonderlands and grottos pop-up around the Island, with something for the young, right through to the young at heart!

Jump onboard…

Santa is stopping by Havenstreet again this year and is really looking forward to meeting you! With a warm festive atmosphere, Christmas music, a bustling Christmas market, as well as a selection of eclectic entertainment and magic shows. Enjoy a stroll through Santa’s sparkling Winter Wonderland before meeting him… and if you’re good he’ll have a wonderful gift just for you!

Looking for somewhere to sit back and enjoy a mince pie? Relax in a cosy steam-heated compartment, as one of our majestic steam locomotives hauls your train on a 10-mile round trip through the Island’s winter landscape. Enjoy seasonal fayre in their cafe and  shop packed with perfect Christmas gifts.

Isle of Wight Steam Railway – find out more and book online

Step back in time…

From turkey and crackers to figgy pudding and Father Christmas, the festive season as we know it today has its roots in the Victorian era. This December, take a trip back in time at beautiful Osborne and delight in a celebration of the perfect Victorian Christmas.

Surround yourself with good cheer as the sound of music and the smell of roasting chestnuts fills the air. Be captivated by Victorian toy makers as your children make toys of their very own to take home. Have a go at traditional games, take a ride on the carousel and marvel at daring jesters and their breath-taking fire shows.

Osborne is the perfect day out on the Isle of Wight, no matter what time of the year.  Experience a unique side of the house and grounds, as it is adorned with festive decorations, tastes and smells.  Feel like you’ve stepped back in time to a bygone era, with markets to enjoy and carol singers filling the air.

Osborne – find out more and book online

Explore a magical world…

Something unusual and magical is happening this December at Tapnell Farm Park with the opening of their brand new Christmas experience: Tapland. Explore an all-weather Christmas experience for children of all ages, with immersive memory making around every corner, discover a new world of imagination where kids can be kids, and grownups can be too!

A truly unique Christmas experience, when you’ve booked you’ll get a personalised letter from Santa, who will be inviting children who have been extra kind and helpful to visit him in Tapland. But in order to find his secret home, they will first need to help some of his friends on the journey along the way! At the end of your adventure you will meet Santa himself, who will know a lot more about you than you think!

As if this wasn’t enough, you can still enjoy all thats on offer at Tapnell Farm Park, including a whole host of animals to meet, adventure play and more!  At the end of the day, treat yourself with a delicious local meal at their ‘The Cow’ restaurant.

Tapnell Farm Park – find out more and book online

Something different…

For the first time ever, enjoy a brand new magical event coming to Robin Hill, Polar.  Step outside this festive season and experience the thrill of a Christmas dream come true… Explore your way through frosty woodlands, twinkling lights and join us on an enchanting winter journey with a breath-taking finale like no other!

As well as the magical winter wonderland, enjoy a dazzling amphitheatre show that follows the magical tale of one boy’s Christmas dream come true, in a sensational dance and acrobatic theatre style production!  With fantastic food also on offer throughout the park and a number of hands on activities there will be something for the whole family.

Jump on board Santa’s sleigh and experience an adventure like no other and ride along with him throughout the night in their 4D cinema.  Or jump aboard the snow covered ‘Cows Express’ a perfect sight-seeing tour for the little ones.  Looking to take it easy?  Jump aboard the land train around the park and take in the magical sights, smells and sounds.

Robin Hill – find out more and book online

If you’re looking to escape to the Isle of Wight for a winter weekend getaway, or longer… then be sure to check availability online.  Remember online booking directly with us ensures you get the best available rates, we can also offer a discount for your ferry travel.  Treat the whole family to an early Christmas present and escape to the Isle of Wight this December.