As the Christmas madness approaches, families looking for a chance to escape for some quality time should look no further than the Isle of Wight. Families can enjoy Wightlink’s Kids Go Free offer during the Christmas holidays*. Under 5s always travel for free with Wightlink, but during the festive break passengers can take up to two children aged 5-15 for free with every adult travelling by foot.
Here are our top festive events to take the kids to this holiday:
Santa Specials at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Christmas at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway offers a special chance to enjoy a 10-mile round trip through the Island’s winter landscape and meet Santa along the way. Passengers will board at Havenstreet station where there’s a bustling Christmas market with lots of entertainment and magic shows for children. Guests can also visit Santa’s sparkling Winter Wonderland before going to visit the man himself and collect their special gift. Dates for 2018 Santa Specials are: 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 21st and 24th December 2018. Tickets start from £11 for children and £15 for adults. For more information visit iwsteamrailway.co.uk
A Victorian Christmas at Osborne
Today’s festive traditions have their roots in the Victorian era, and this December families can take a trip back in time to enjoy a Victorian Christmas at Osborne. At the former Isle of Wight home of Queen Victoria, Osborne’s celebrations will include Christmas stalls, the chance to meet Father Christmas and enjoy a ride on the carousel. Children can also try traditional games and even make their own make Victorian toys to take home while marvelling at the court jesters and their breath-taking fire shows. Taking place on 1st – 2nd December 2018 from 12 – 8pm, tickets are priced at £9.50 for children and £15.90 for adults. Guests can also get a 10% discount when booking online before 30th November. Find out more here: www.english-heritage.org.uk/
Winter Walking Scenes
For families looking for some active fun and the chance to enjoy the Isle of Wight’s beautiful countryside, embarking on a walking day out will fit the bill. Whatever families are looking for, the Island’s coastal paths are a great chance to wrap up warm, get outside and enjoy some family bonding time. With over half the Island designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and 500 miles of footpaths, families can get away from the Christmas madness and enjoy the great outdoors.
Winter Wonderland at Isle of Wight Pearl
This Christmas, Isle of Wight Pearl, which houses the UK’s largest collection of pearl jewellery under one roof, will become a winter wonderland for all the family to enjoy. With a forest of 50 beautifully decorated trees by Isle of Wight businesses, schools and groups, the centre will be transformed into a Christmas paradise. Between 8th – 9th December, the centre will also offer face painting for kids so the little ones are kept entertained while parents can enjoy shopping for that special piece of jewellery. Open from 10am – 4.30pm every day between 1st – 31st December.
Santa Dash 2018 for Mountbatten
Join in the festive fun and run, jog or walk dressed as Santa, along with hundreds of other Santas. Taking place on Ryde beachfront, participants can speed their way through the 5km route or just amble along. All are welcome to participate, even reindeer dogs! Priced at £20 for adults and £10 for children, entry includes a Santa suit, a medal and even a mince pie at the end of the course. For more information, visit mountbatten.nutickets.com/