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.

Christmas Day swims.

Head to a beach on Christmas morning in Jersey 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.


The Christmas Day swim at St. Ouen's Bay. Photographer: Dave Fergusson

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.

Christmas comes to Jersey Zoo.

Does Father Christmas deliver presents to bears and gorillas? Well, he certainly does if they are on his ‘nice’ list and the animal residents of Jersey Zoo must have been very good because they get a delivery every year. Head down to the Zoo to see the animals open their presents and get involved in lots of other animal activities that will have the whole family feeling merry and bright.

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The animals at Jersey Zoo opening their presents.

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.

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 to make delicious Christmas cupcakes, paint a bauble to decorate your tree for years to come and rock around the Christmas tree at the Snowball disco.

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Christmas markets.

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.

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Catch a Christmas show.

Whether you choose a rip-roaring panto, a magical musical or a Christmas comedy, you’ll be full of cheer after a taking in a show at the Jersey Arts Centre. How about joining Scrooge as he ‘bar-humbugs’ his way through ‘A Christmas Carol’ and takes you along for the ride on an immersive theatrical dining experience? It’s a real theatrical knees up and the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter’s night.

A stupendous gingerbread house.

How many treats are too many? A life size gingerbread house adorned with sweets? Anything goes at Christmas time! You’ll be sad to hear the house isn’t actually edible, but it’s certainly got our mouths watering. Pay a visit to the house at the Radisson Blu Hotel and you’ll find all sorts of fun waiting inside, including a treasure trove of fun props. So snap a selfie and share to show off your Jersey Christmas break.

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