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Christmas 2016 in the Channel Islands

Lantern parades, concerts and plenty of places to shop

There are lots of Christmas events in the Channel Islands to get your festive season off to a great start. Watch the spectacular Christmas parade, go ice skating and visit the Christmas Markets in Jersey. Alternatively head to Guernsey and enjoy festive events including the switching on of the Christmas lights and Guernsey’s Christmas Markets where you’ll be sure to get some unique gifts.

Christmas Lantern Parade in Jersey
La Fete de Noue market
White illuminated float at Battle of Flowers Moonlight Parade

Festive Events in Jersey

Late Night Shopping at 16 New Street

24th November, 1st, 8th & 15th December

Step back in time to the National Trust for Jersey’s seasonal shop. Open 4 – 8pm.

Simply Christmas

25th – 27th November

Greve de Lecq barracks hosts a vibrant artisan Christmas market.

A Victorian Christmas Market

3rd – 4th December

Join Jersey Heritage at Hamptonne Country Life Museum in discovering how the Victorians changed Christmas. 10am – 5pm.

Christmas at 16 New Street

3rd, 10th & 17th December

View the traditional decorations and taste some Georgian Christmas treats at The National Trust for Jersey shop. Open 10am – 5pm

Candlelit Tour of 16 New Street

6th, 13th & 20th December

Join The National Trust for Jersey in a tour of the Georgian property with costumes actors. Cost: £10. Booking essential.

Carols by Candlelight

7th December

The renown Locrian Ensemble don their full period costumes for an evening of festive music at Jersey Opera House.

Ice Skating

9th December – 15th January 2017

Head to Fort Regent to enjoy the seasonal ice rink.

Father Christmas at 16 New Street

10th & 17th December

Meet the ‘real’ Father Christmas, dressed in green – find out why! Cost: £5.

Battle of Flowers Christmas Parade

11th December

40 minute parade from Elizabeth Harbour up the Rue de Liberation and across to the Pomme d’Or and then the Esplanade. Free to watch.

The Band of the Island of Jersey Christmas Concert

12th December

‘A Grand Christmas Concert’ at the Town Hall from 7.30pm. Free entry.

Carol Concert at 16 New Street

15th December

6.30 – 7.30pm at The National Trust for Jersey’s shop, 16 New Street.

15th December

Jersey Premier Brass Christmas Concert

22nd December

7.30pm at the Town Hall

New Year’s Eve Party & Fireworks

31st December

The Salty Dog are offering a four course set menu and champagne cocktails for £70 per person or choose and early sitting and dine from the À la Carte or Specials menu. Watch the fireworks afterwards.

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New shop sign at Christmas in Guernsey
Christmas stall in St Peter Port, Guernsey
Liberation Day fireworks

Festive Events in Guernsey

Christmas Craft Workshop

10th November

Make festive goodies in the walled garden.

Winter Fayre at Castle Cornet

18th – 20th November

Friday 4 – 8pm and Sat/Sun 10am – 5pm. Adults £2.25, children £1.25.

Ice Skating at Le Friquet

1st – 31st December

Open daily from 10am – 5pm Monday – Thursday, 10am – 7pm Thursday and Friday and 10.30am – 4pm on Sunday. Adults £8.50, children £6.50 which includes skate hire.

Christmas Lights Switch On at The Bridge

2nd December

Join Father Christmas from 4pm for entertainment before the 5pm switch on.

St Peter Port Christmas Lights Switch On

3rd December

Entertainment in Church Square from 3pm with switch on at 5pm.

Christmas Lights Tour

12th, 14th, 19th & 22nd December

Board a coach and take a 2 hour tour of all the festive lights on the island. £15 per seat. Tel: 01481 720210.

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