Have you ever wanted to go to the Victorian Christmas at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight but opted not to because you weren’t sure it was worth it? If you’re not an English Heritage member, a visit to Osborne House can quickly become quite expensive, so it’s worth knowing if it’s worth going!

In short, yes, it absolutely is!

Osborne HouseThe Osborne House Victorian Christmas happens one weekend a year, early in December, and offers a fun and unique family day out.

There are fun fair rides – a carousel and swing boat – and there are live performances too. There’s a fantastic tent with local produce and loads of samples – remarkably, even at the end of day two, there were samples! – and a tent full of arts and crafts. There’s also another activities tent where you can explore a Victorian kitchen and make wooden tree ornaments.

You can go for a walk through the house, looking at the Christmas trees, or go on a tour if you can get in to it.Osborne House

On the other side of the house, by the cafe, there’s a whole other world, and it’s beautiful. The smallest detail – the snow machines on opposite sides of the square – adds an incredibly authentic ambiance, especially since it was so cold when we were there, so the snow ‘felt’ quite real!

There are people in Victorian garb in front of a giant Christmas tree for photo opportunities, and aside from the stalls selling fudge, hot chocolate, cakes and food, we also watched a fantastic magic show full of old world charm.

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The star of the day for those who went was, apparently. Santa. Though the queue for it was very long (one couple who waited with their daughter waited for around 2 hours), they said he was fantastic: engaging, kind, and wonderful with their daughter.

The shop is still open, along with the cafe.

Tips for enjoying your visit to Victorian Christmas, Osborne House:

1) parking is hard to find – we had to park on street and walk
2) there’s nowhere on site to draw money. There’s a cash machine at the fuel station across the road, but they charge for withdrawals. Bring plenty of cash for drinks, food, treats etc. The rides are free, as are most of the activities.V

Watch our video from Victorian Christmas, Osborne House