We’ve gathered a feast of ideas to tick off your Jersey Christmas list. From markets to merry-making and meeting the big man himself, with so many things to enjoy ‘yule’ be spoilt for choice.
Get festive at The Central Market.
Our historic Victorian market is a hive of activity throughout the year but at Christmastime, when the tinsel is hung and the string lights are twinkling, it shines at its brightest. Fruit and veg stalls are packed with colourful clementines, chesnuts and parsnips ready for roasting whilst happy shoppers stop for a bite to eat at one of the many the cafes that call the market home. Pick up artisan cheese from Relish or the fabulous Italian deli, treat yourself to some decadent chocs from Leonadis and browse the jewellers and gift shops to find that perfect Christmas gift for loved ones at home.
The 12 bays of Christmas.
If you’re planning to spend a good chunk of time on the island throughout December, why not make like some of our sea-loving locals and take part in the 12 bays of Christmas, a festive cold-water swimming challenge raising money for The Jersey Hospice and the National Trust for Jersey? Jingle all way to Ouaisne, rock around Rozel Bay, and see how many of our 12 beautiful bays you can tick off during your visit.
If you’re spending Christmas on the island then head to a beach on Christmas morning and you’re sure to witness an island tradition that goes back generations, the Christmas Day Swim. We can’t think of a better way to kick off festivities than with a bracing dip in the sea! Why not join an organised swim with a bunch of welcoming locals down at St. Ouen’s Bay or Grève de Lecq to truly embrace Christmas the Jersey way?
So, don your Santa hat and swimmers, and dive in.
Eat drink and be merry.
Gather your nearest and dearest and be transported to a world of festive cosiness and cheer at the Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa and L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa. Spend a magical evening enveloped in a Scandinavian inspired Winter Dome on the Grand Hotel’s terrace overlooking St. Aubin’s Bay. Snuggle up in faux fur, sip on a Christmas cocktail (or two) and while away the evening together in Jersey. Meanwhile at L’Horizon, dine in style in a glittering ice white winter wonderland with views of St. Brelade’s Bay. Don’t be left out in the cold, booking is essential for both experiences.
A Traditional Jersey Christmas.
Experience an old-fashioned Christmas at Hamptonne Country Life Museum. Dating back to the 15th century, the house and farm are perfect for discovering Christmas traditions of days gone by. You may even find old St Nick warming his boots by the fireside in Hamptonne House…
Christmas crafts at aMaizin! Adventure Park.
Big and little kids will love the festive fun waiting for them at the aMaizin! Adventure Park. Join their team of Santa’s little helpers on Christmas themed imagination street shops for a day of creative play. Paint your own nativity scene a bauble to decorate your tree for years to come and rock around the Christmas tree at the festive fun inside area.
We’ve got Christmas all wrapped up here in Jersey. Explore one of our festive markets to find the perfect presents to bring some Christmas cheer to your loved ones this year. Wander the stalls of the Genuine Jersey Simply Christmas Market and uncover some unique gifts or say ‘Joyeux Noël’ at the Norman-French Market, where you’ll find the finest fancies from our French neighbours.
Go on, give the gift of Jersey this Christmas.
Deck the halls with handmade gifts.
Create a keepsake to bring joy to the hearts of loved ones this Christmas at the Love Bird Pottery Studio. Choose a design and give it your own unique touch to make something truly unique to put under the tree this year.
Catch a Christmas show.
For 12 days in December the world famous Salon Perdu Spiegeltent will take pride of place at Les Jardins de la Mer. The tent’s classy oak interior, combined with dark red velvet and golden touches makes every evening inside a very special occasion.
Catch Killer Queen performing a jam packed show full of all your favourite Queen hits or see The Definitive Rat pack croon all those Christmas classics you love like White Christmas, Baby it’s cold outside and Let it Snow. If you’re more in the mood for some modern day magic then Claptone will be spinning an epic set whilst Newton Faulkner will be delivering his soulful blend of folk pop – sure to be a mesmerizing evening of music.
For 12 days in December the world famous Salon Perdu Spiegeltent will take pride of place at Les Jardins de la Mer. The tent’s classy oak interior, combined with dark red velvet and golden touches makes every show a very special occasion.
Dec 08 2022
So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Terrible Tudors live on stage! From the horrible Henries to the end of evil Elizabeth, hear the legends (and the lies!) about the torturing Tudors. Find out the fate of Henry’s headless wives and his punch up with the Pope. Meet Bloody Mary and see Ed fall dead in his bed.
Dec 17 2022 ‐ Dec 18 2022
The world renowned tribute to Queen, Killer Queen, are returning to Jersey after their sold out shows in 2017 and 2019! Expect a raucous show, packed full of all your favourite Queen hits. A perfect alternative to your average Christmas party. Tickets are expected to fly out the door. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Dec 14 2022 ‐ Dec 15 2022
Throughout Scouting For Girls’ immensely successful career they’ve sold over two million albums, two million singles, had four Brit Award nominations, an Ivor Novello nomination, had four top ten singles and sold-out Wembley Arena. Scouting For Girls continue to prove they are unstoppable. Don’t miss this one-off show under the Spiegeltent.
Dec 16 2022
With a 'ho ho ho'...
... Father Christmas lands in Jersey.
Not even Father Christmas can resist a jolly old break in Jersey. He always finds time out of his busy schedule to pay the island a visit at the most wonderful time of the year. You can meet the big man in person at 16 New Street, a gorgeous Georgian house, lovingly restored and cared for by the National Trust for Jersey. You can also catch him at Reg’s Garden, a tranquil place to wander a while and discover some quirky finds along the way.
Glorious Garden Centres.
For a small island, we are blessed with a glorious number of garden centres. Whilst we love a wander around a good garden centre at anytime of year, we especially love them at Christmas when the decorations are out and there’s a little magic in the air. Take a wander around family run Ransoms and then stop for a spot of tea and cake at The Potting Shed Tea Room, or pop into St. Peter’s Garden Centre where you’ll find an eclectic selection of gifts, homeware, plants and pet products to browse. The Hidden Garden is also worth a visit – and make sure to grab a bite from Wild Health on Fridays and Saturdays to enjoy in their pretty, decorated Greenhouse.
Cracking Christmas Events
Gather your friends and family and immerse yourself in Christmas cheer at this year’s Genuine Jersey Simply Christmas market in St. Helier’s Royal Square. Showcasing over 50 of Jersey’s finest artisans, Simply Christmas brings you a labyrinth of stalls oozing with festive magic, beautiful gifts and tasty treats.
Dec 02 2022 ‐ Dec 11 2022
Hot off the heels of the ‘30 Bays in 30 Days’ Sea swimming event which raised £24,000 for the 2 charities this summer, ‘12 Bays of Christmas encourages the hundreds of local sea swimmers who brave our chilly waters every day throughout the year to take part in this festive challenge.
Dec 02 2022 ‐ Dec 31 2022
The Norman Market is coming back to St. Helier from 10-15 December. Our traders will open from 9am to 7pm every day at the Weighbridge, where you'll find an array of comforting French food such as crepes, cheese, saucisson, pâté, sausage sandwiches, cider but also nice gift ideas with soaps, bags, pashmina shawls... Come say Bonjour et Joyeux Noël!
Dec 10 2022 ‐ Dec 15 2022
Christmas Bounce-Fest is the ultimate Christmas family day out for those with small children! The Party Crew will be teaming up the Merton Hotel to bring a winter wonderland extravaganza, complete with bouncy castles, Christmas crafts and swimming!
Dec 19 2022 ‐ Dec 22 2022
A night of Dinner, Dolly and Dancing - our perfect Christmas party starts here! Back by popular demand, Kelly O'Brien puts on an exceptional world leading Dolly Parton tribute act. This unrivalled 5-star show plays homage to Dolly. It brilliantly recreates the vitality, voice and style of the little lady from Tennessee.
Dec 09 2022 ‐ Dec 10 2022
Journey down the rabbit hole this December as Jersey Arts Centre presents its 7th Community Christmas Production! Lewis Carroll’s classic stories of Alice’s adventures through the fantastical world of Wonderland will be brought to life through music, song and larger-than-life characters.
Dec 09 2022 ‐ Dec 22 2022
Just what you need to get that holly jolly feeling. We're ready for a merry season here at the Radisson Blu with our Comedy Party Nights! For two nights only, the Radisson Blu will be hosting some of UK comedy's finest for a spot of hilarious happy holiday fun.
Dec 16 2022 ‐ Dec 17 2022