Things to do at Whiteley for Christmas

With more than 70 places to shop, eat and be merry this Christmas and over 1,000 parking spaces – get planning your perfect festive day out at Whiteley.

Whether you’re planning some Christmas family fun, a day of Christmas shopping with friends, or a winter get together with loved ones – your inspiration starts here.

From the very best gifts to the tastiest menus, festive cinema trips and a whole programme of seasonal fun and games, check out what’s on over Christmas at Whiteley.

A Christmas winter wonderland

With so many ways to enjoy a day of festive fun, you can be sure we’ll be bringing the magic of Christmas to Whiteley this year.

We’re expecting visits from some very special guests! Santa will be making extra special trips from the North Pole every Saturday from 20th November until Christmas, and the Grinch will also be making an appearance on Sunday 28th November.

Keep an eye out for our fun festive friends – including magic elves – who will be spreading Christmas cheer, causing mischief and giving a warm welcome to visitors throughout weekends in December.

And make sure you take a trip on our Mini Loco Land Train which will be here every weekend and during the school holidays from 10am until 4pm to get you in the Christmassy mood.

Christmas shop ‘til you drop

With stores ranging from Next, Joules, and H&M, to Mountain Warehouse, Smiggle and so many more, you won’t be short of inspiration for a day of Christmas shopping at Whiteley.

Find this year’s much-anticipated M&S Christmas Food collection in-store, visit Beaverbrooks and Pandora for a gift to remember, and get all of this season’s fashion – from party wear to trainers – with stops at JD Sports, River Island and schuh… to name just a few.

Visits to Boots, Superdrug and The Body Shop will keep you busy with all things beauty for hours, while The Entertainer will help you find that perfect gift for the little ones in your life.

There are also plenty of stores to find fabulous stocking fillers and other festive gifts like books and stationery, from Tiger, WH Smith and imagin.

And if you’re worrying about fitting all of that into one day, fear not, you can enjoy late-night Christmas shopping with Whiteley’s extended opening hours from 9 am – 8 pm from 19th November, whilst enjoying free parking for up to four hours.

Christmas family activities
If you’re a family with children, burn off some of that excess Christmas excitement with a trip to Rock Up!

Rock Up is home to 17 incredible fun climbing walls towering over 8m with multiple routes to their peaks and is great for people of all ages and levels of experience.

There’s also a soft-play area for smaller children, as well as a café serving fresh food and coffee.

A Christmas movie

With nine screens, sit back, relax and enjoy the latest film releases on the big screen at Cineworld this Christmas.

Catch some new releases including Ghostbusters: Afterlife in November and Don’t Look Up starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Spider-Man: No Way Home in December.

And with a huge range of ‘pick n mix’, soft drinks and an irresistible Baskin Robbins stand with every flavour of ice cream, you won’t struggle to find a tasty treat or two for your festive day of fun.

Festive food

Bring family and friends together this Christmas season for some delicious food and drink at Whiteley.

Prezzo, Wildwood and Frankie & Benny’s will be offering festive menus with three-course meals starting at £22.95. From traditional roast turkey dinners to pizzas and turkey mac & cheese, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy. Nando’s will also have festive specials on offer including peri-peri gravy and the return of its fino pitta.

Or if you’re yet to visit Baja Mexicali, our new independent restaurant, now’s your chance to try its amazing dishes including tacos, burritos, quesadillas and more.

And for a quicker stop check out the Christmas Starbucks menu in Whiteley for a festive bite and hot drink.

Support our local charities

We’re continuing to support the amazing work of our three charity partners – The Abbeyfield Fareham Society, Friends of PICU and Solent Acts of Kindness.

The Abbeyfield Fareham Society is a charity that provides ‘home from home’ accommodation for active older people in the community, offering them comfort, companionship and security.

Southampton’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit is the regional lead centre for critically ill children, supporting more than 1,000 children every year. Friends of PICU contributes to every part of the children’s specialist care, from new inpatient intensive care beds, PICU specialist retrieval ambulances, all-important spaces for families to rest, and state of the art equipment.

And Solent Acts of Kindness supports those in the community who are going through a difficult situation for all kinds of reasons, providing food, clothing and household items to those in need.

Help us to support these amazing local organisations by donating £1, £3 or £5 or £10 at our Giving Box – located in Town Square. You can use contactless payment to easily donate, and the box will even light up for every donation.