This month Gunwharf Quays is set to welcome back its popular festive ‘Christmas Village’ attraction, with new activities added for 2023 following two successful years at the waterfront shopping outlet.
For the first time, guests can enjoy access to cosy igloo-inspired seating for a unique festive experience, available on a first come, first served basis. The igloos will be located next to the ‘Alpine Lodge Bar’ which will be offering some much-needed refreshments, such as warm spiced mulled wine plus beers and lagers from local and imported breweries.
To compliment the seasonal beverages, the popular ‘Christmas Tree Swing Grill’ will be returning to serve guests with traditional, high quality, German Bratwurst, alongside several other street food operators.
In addition, two new Bavarian curling lanes will be introduced this year, for guests looking to experience the real Alpine sport for themselves.
Returning again this year will be the ever-popular 22m high giant Observation Wheel, providing guests with spectacular views of Portsmouth’s harbour. At night, the Observation Wheel will be illuminated by over 10,000 LED lights creating a captivating light display. Accompanying this will be a traditional family Carousel, perfect for some family fun.
What’s more, the Christmas Village will follow a traditional European style again, with unique handpicked artisan craft and gift traders in wooden chalets selling Christmas gifts.
Yvonne Clay, Centre Director at Gunwharf Quays, commented: “We are thrilled to welcome back our popular ‘Christmas Village’ after two successful years, with some exciting new features for our guests to enjoy. Being able to offer our guests a fun and festive experience following a busy day of shopping is a great pleasure and we can’t wait to share the Christmas spirit with our community and beyond.”
The Village will open to the public on Saturday 11th November in the Plaza and run until Sunday 31st December. Opening hours are Sunday to Wednesday 10am – 7pm, and Thursday to Saturday 10am – 8pm.
For more information, visit www.gunwharf-quays.com/christmas-village-2023