Dream of a Traditional Wight Christmas
Christmas is coming to The Needles, so expect sacks of festive fun and a twinkly, goodtime atmosphere for 2017. The Needles massive tribute to festive fun is the only place to find the 'real' Santa Clause in residence. Join us for another magical December with the Island's most famous Christmas grotto returning, helping to spread cheer to families accross the Island.
Come and meet the real Santa Clause;
2nd & 3rd December - December 2nd, Autism and disability friendly sessions available,
please call for further details 01983 752401
9th & 10th December
16th & 17th December
Saturday 23rd December
See special guest from 'Whoville' arrive every morning at 10:00am. Grotto entry is only £6.00 and includes a quality gift for each child. Last Grotto entry is 4:00pm
Derek Sandy will be performing his number 1 song 'Cos it's Christmas' on December 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd. The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary will be present on selected dates throughout December.
Forget presents, tinsel and turkey sandwiches. What could make Christmas more magical than meeting Father Christmas, the man himself? Once you have indulged in the free parking, free children's rides*, free Jurassic Golf, free sweet making and glass demonstrations and free elves workshops complete your festive day and hunt down the man in red!
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, mauled wine and fresh mines pies will keep the adults entertained courtesy of 'Taste of The Wight' who will be offering local flavours to our families during some of the grotto dates in December.
New for 2017 will bring more of a 'Winter Wonderland' atmosphere to our festival street along with some rather special guests! The Islands favourite 'Donkey Sanctuary' will be present on selected grotto dates for children and adults to meet those special Donkeys and Shetland Ponies in their festive enclosure. In addition, the Needles are pleased to welcome 'Jara Amusements' who will be offering exciting street family entertainment games.
The Needles Christmas would not be the same without the man of the moment Mr Derek Sandy performing his Christmas hit 'Cos it's Christmas' on selected dates throughout December, a real treat for anyone feeling the spirit of the season and a perfect opportunity to support a local Island Charity 'Daisy Chains IW', 50p from each CD sold will be donated. CD's can be purchased from our Pier Head Shopping Emporium.
On the outskirts there lives a green Grinch another special guest for the Needles in 2017. Watch out for him over the Christmas period as he plans to put in some appearances!
As if that wasn't enough, our 4D cinema will be half price this Christmas at £2.00 per person, fun for all the family! You can find our Santa's breakfast special in our Marconi's' Restaurant along with Santa's favourite winter warmer meals plus festive mince pies and speciality coffee.
Looking for something special for your loved one this Christmas? Our unique handmade Alum Bay Glass makes for the perfect gift and our extensive showroom displays a myriad of exquisite glassware in a variety of different colours and shapes.
Our Isle of Wight Sweet Manufactory is a must too! Watch our sweet makers create treats you'll find nowhere else and then sample the results. We make hard boiled sweets in every imaginable flavour, perfect gifts for all the family!
Visit our Pier Head Shopping Emporium for a wide selection of gifts for all tastes and budgets , from stocking fillers to beautiful handcrafted items. Our Taste of the Wight outlet will also be ideal shopping for those all important local flavours, a must visit whilst at the Needles!
*All rides are free however not all will be open at one time, unlimited rides will be limited by ride closing times, inclement weather and demand.