Festive Party theme time in Portsmouth

The Maritime city of Portsmouth in southern England is fast becoming a cruise ship passenger and general visitors attraction. The 170 metre tall Spinnaker Tower is the icon of the city these days and only recently visitors overlooking the historical Portsmouth harbour and Solent, caught an unexpected glimpse of the world's largest cruise ship "Oasis of the Seas" passing by.

In the next few days the city is celebrating a Victorian Festival of Christmas, which was a highlight of feature at the WTM event in London recently.

The celebration will occur on November 27th until November 29th with a Dickensian theme of snowy white streets, a festive fairground and seasonal carols.

In a Christmas and outdoor continental market, guests can expect a variety of activities throughout the dockyard including a parlour athletic competition, Punch and Judy shows, a bawdy music hall, a nativity farm and a classical "green" Santa.

Also featured are characters such as Queen Victoria, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Scrooge, Sherlock Holmes, Sweeney Todd and Fagin was on the Christmas streets.