Top 10 Festive Family Things To Do

| November 2023

Christmas is a magical time of year, and Chichester is no exception when it comes to spreading festive cheer. Our beautiful city, nestled in the foot of the South Downs, is filled with festive activities for the whole family to enjoy. From enchanting Santa trails to heartwarming Christmas services, Chichester offers something for everyone this Christmastime.

Here’s our top 10 family things to do in Chichester this Christmas.

1) Santa’s Missing Sack Family Trail

Get into the Christmas spirit by embarking on our exciting Santa’s Missing Sack Family Trail. This free event, running from Saturday 25 November to Sunday 24 December, invites families to follow the clues and help Santa find his missing sack, ensuring a memorable adventure for the kids. There’s also an amazing prize up for grabs!

Another trail taking place on Thursday 7 December is the popular Starlight Trail with The Novium Museum, Chichester Library and Pallant House Gallery. Create a star lantern and take part in festive crafts and activities, collecting stamps along the way. Find out more here.

2) Bask in The Christmas Lights 

On Saturday 25 November, join the city in celebrating the start of the Christmas season by watching the Christmas lights switch-on. After this date, why not head out for a family stroll through the city’s beautifully illuminated streets and bask in the enchanting glow of the festive lights.

3) Meet Bertie The Christmas Cat at Chichester Cathedral 

This Christmas, Chichester Cathedral introduces an online animated story featuring Bertie The Cathedral Cat. Plus, throughout December don’t miss their special Christmas Trail where you can find Bertie exploring the Cathedral’s treasures. Spot all the Berties and you’ll win a decoration for your Christmas Tree. Find out more here.

4) Get Creative! with Culture Spark (Chichester Guildhall in Priory Park)

Transformed into a winter wonderland, visit Chichester Guildhall in Priory Park for wonderful arts and crafts workshops for all ages, run by local artists. Taking place on the 9th and 16th December, you can pre-book a workshop for £2 per person here.

5) Meet Santa at The Novium Museum and Chichester Festival Theatre

Santa Claus is coming to town! Make your kids’ dreams come true by taking them to meet Santa at The Novium Museum and Chichester Festival Theatre. Let them share their Christmas wishes and receive special gifts, creating cherished memories for years to come. Pre-booking is essential.

6) Watch Performances at Chichester Festival Theatre

The world-renowned Chichester Festival Theatre offers captivating performances of ‘The Billy Goats Gruff’ and ‘The Jungle Book’. Treat your family to a magical experience at the theatre, where they can enjoy these classic stories brought to life on stage.

7) Family Crib Service at Chichester Cathedral 

On Christmas Eve, attend the heartwarming family crib service at Chichester Cathedral. With two services at 3pm and 4pm, this is a perfect way to gather the family and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

8) Indulge in Hot Chocolate and Gingerbread Treats

Warm up and indulge in hot chocolate with all the trimmings, accompanied by delectable gingerbread treats. Many independently owned cafes in Chichester, like Café Paradiso, The Buttery and Crispins Café, serve freshly baked delights that will sweeten your Christmas experience. Discover more.

9) Choose Christmas Books at Chichester Library

Visit Chichester Library to pick out some Christmas books that the whole family can enjoy. Join in on a special storytelling sessions in December, which will captivate kids and adults alike with festive tales of joy and wonder.

10) Explore Christmas Markets

Explore the local magical Christmas markets, where Chichester comes alive with the sights and smells of Christmas. You can find unique gifts, festive decorations, and delicious seasonal treats. It’s a great way to get into the Christmas spirit and find that perfect gift for your loved ones.

Chichester truly knows how to make Christmas special for families. With these top 10 activities, you can create lasting memories and experience the joy and wonder of the Christmas season in our charming city. So, gather your loved ones and get ready to make this Christmas in Chichester a memorable one. Happy Christmas!