three tiered cakestand served with sandwiches and pretty cakes for afternoon tea in Jersey in winter

15 Things to Do in Jersey in Winter: The Ultimate Jersey Christmas Guide

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While Jersey in the British Channel Islands is a great place to visit in the summer holidays, Jersey in winter can be simply magical. The weather might be chilly at this time of year, yet there’s a surprising amount of things to keep you busy on a winter break in Jersey. 

I grew up in Jersey, spent many winters there, and still travel to the island frequently to visit friends and family.

From browsing quaint Christmas markets with a French twist to breathtaking coastal walks, bracing winter sports and delving into heaps of history, there is no shortage of incredible experiences and different locations to explore in Jersey in winter. 

Join me as I show you why Jersey is the perfect place to explore during the colder months.

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Best Things To Do In Jersey in Winter

1. Blow away the cobwebs with a dip in the sea!

three woman swimming in the sea in winter while wearing woolly beanie hats

If you’ll spend Christmas Day in Jersey, why not take a bracing dip in the ocean before sitting down to feast on Christmas lunch?

Yes – the sea temperature is only around ten Celsius, but Christmas Day swims are a firm fixture in the local calendar! Join in (if you’re brave) or go along to cheer on the fancy-dress-clad swimmers taking the plunge.

If you prefer to stay indoors, the Aquasplash indoor water park is in the town centre, close to a cinema and good restaurants.

2. Enjoy Bracing Coastal Walks

La Corbeiere Lighthouse Jersey in Springtime
One of the best winter walks in Jersey is to La Corbiere Lighthouse

Jersey’s beaches are just as captivating in winter as in the high season, although you probably won’t be doing any sunbathing on this trip! Instead, grab your weatherproof boots and walk along the rugged cliff paths, drinking in the dramatic seascapes.

On a clear day, you’ll be able to see France and other Channel Islands from the soaring cliffs on the North Coast. Alternatively, walk along the Atlantic coast on the island’s west coast to see great Atlantic waves rolling. There’s no better place in this colder weather to witness the power of the sea!

Recommended walk: La Corbière Lighthouse to Portelet Bay (5.8-mile/9.3km) provides fabulous views and is not too taxing!

3. Visit Historical Sites

sailin boats in harbour near the Maritime Museum in Jersey
Old St Helier Harbour near the Maritime Museum, in Jersey in Winter. Photo: alagz

History buffs visiting Jersey in winter love to step back in time and experience life in Regency Jersey at the New Street Georgian House. This fully restored 18th-century historic building is open every Saturday in the winter months.

Jersey Museum, Art Gallery, and Victorian House are also open daily all year round, providing fascinating insights into the island’s past; however, the Jersey War Tunnels, Mont Orgueil Castle, and Elizabeth Castle close from October until March each year.

Alternatively, the Jersey Maritime Museum, beside St Helier’s historic harbour, is where you can immerse yourself in the Island’s shipbuilding past. It’s the perfect place to learn stories of the sea, Jersey and pirates, and maritime legends.

4. See Conservation Work in Action

Lowland gorilla looking at the camera
Visiting the lowland gorillas at Jersey Zoo is a thrill

World-famous Jersey Zoo (Durrell Wildlife Park) is fascinating to visit on chillier days. In addition to spotting all the animals, you’ll learn about the pioneering conservation work of the late author and conservationist Gerald Durrell, who established the zoo in 1959.

The zoo is open daily, except Christmas Day, and has a great restaurant with delicious hot chocolate!

5. Enjoy Local Cuisine

Fresh Jersey moules marinieres
Delicious Fresh Jersey seafood

Trying the local cuisine is a real treat if you’re visiting Jersey in winter. From traditional pubs and cafes to high-end restaurants, you’ll find incredible places to savour Jersey’s fresh seafood, Jersey Royal potatoes, and other local specialities. Jersey’s Bohemia restaurant is one of the best places to dine in the UK!

6. Relax With Spa Days

woman having a facial treatment surrounded by candles, on a spa day in Jersey in Winter

Treat yourself to a relaxing day at one of the island’s spas and get some pampering. Many of Jersey’s best hotels have superb spas where you can indulge yourself with massages, treatments, and saunas to beat the winter chills!

My Tip: Take a look at the beautiful spa in The Atlantic Hotel or the boutique Cottage Garden Sanctuary at Longueville Manor Hotel 🙂

7. Browse Unique Christmas Markets

During the festive season, Jersey’s charming Christmas markets offer artisan crafted treats, local and French foods, seasonal entertainment and beautiful big Christmas trees. Shops in the town centre open late and the atmosphere is intoxicating.

Some of the best Christmas markets in Jersey include:

  • The Trading Point Christmas Market: 17-19 November
  • Genuine Jersey Simply Christmas Market: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 24 November to 11 December.
  • The pop-up French Christmas Market at The Weighbridge: 10 – 15 December

8. Take Amazing Photographs

Mont Orgueil Castle - the oldest castle in Jersey
While you can’t go inside Gorey Castle in Jersey in Winter, you can take wonderful photos of it!

The winter light in Jersey creates stunning photographic opportunities, whether it’s early morning mists, lowering skies backlighting beaches, or stormy days at the coast.

Wrap up warm and lace up your comfiest walking boots. Some of the most Instagrammable places in Jersey include La Corbiere Lighthouse, Jersey’s three impressive castles, St Ouen’s Bay and St Helier Marina. Or maybe you’d like a great shot of a pretty Jersey cow?

9. Check Out Local Events

Jersey has a pretty packed local event calendar for concerts, theatre performances, and art exhibitions at the Jersey Arts Centre. There’s usually a rip-roaring pantomime to enjoy!

10. Linger in Tea Rooms and Cafés

three tiered cakestand served with sandwiches and pretty cakes for afternoon tea in Jersey in winter

If you want to seek refuge from the cold, Jersey has plenty of cosy tea rooms and cafés! Ransoms Garden Centre in St Martin has a phenomenally popular restaurant/tea room, with outstanding cakes, or you might prefer Tides Restaurant at the Somerville Hotel, for afternoon tea with a stupendous view over St Aubin’s Bay.

Alternatively, “posh” afternoon tea at one of Jersey’s loveliest hotels, like the Longueville Manor Hotel, the Atlantic Hotel, or St Brelade’s Bay Hotel, is a luxurious way to while away the afternoon. Highly recommended. Yum!

11. Go on an Island Hopping Day Trip

Consider taking a ferry to a neighbouring Channel Island, like Guernsey or Sark, for a change of scenery and new experiences. Alternatively, nip across to St Malo in France for a spot of moules frites and to explore this beautiful historic walled city.

12. Explore St. Aubin’s Village

St Aubins Harbour Jersey
Beautiful St Aubin’s Harbour in Jersey

This picturesque harbour village is delightful year-round. Explore its quaint streets, boutique shops, and waterfront restaurants.

At low tide, you can walk out to the 16th century St Aubin’s Fort or stay on land and stroll or cycle along the peaceful railway walk from St Aubin to La Corbiere Lighthouse. Alternatively, browse the work of over 100 local artists and craftworkers at the Harbour Gallery and stay for a tasty afternoon tea.

13. Enjoy Wildlife and Bird Watching

Atlantic puffin in Jersey in Winter

Thanks to its mild climate, the winter months bring unique wildlife opportunities to Jersey. In fact, many regard the period from October to March as the best time for birdwatching in Jersey.

Watch for Marsh Harriers, cute little Atlantic Puffins, and rare Red-billed Choughs, along with dolphins, porpoises and seals along the coast.

The Seabird Trail, produced by Jersey National Trust, is a wonderful guided walk introducing you to all the best places to see the birdlife in Jersey in winter.

14. Learn New Cookery or Cocktail Making Skills

cooking class with a professional chef dressed in chef's hat and blue chef's jacket

Winter is a great time to pick up some new culinary skills! In Jersey, you could immerse yourself in a professional kitchen with a top chef or step behind the bar with a leading mixologist to learn some of the tricks of the trade.

➡️ These fun masterclasses are the best way to gain new expertise in a fabulous location.

15. Get Active

​Head to the Valley Adventure Centre for an exhilarating way to spend a day, whether you want to try your hand at activities like Axe Throwing, Aerial Trekking, or Zip Wire. It’s super popular with locals and visitors, so make sure to book your activity in advance.

Top Tip: Activities go ahead come rain or shine, so make sure to pack some waterproofs – just in case 🙂

High tide pounding the sea wall in Jersey
High tide pounding the sea wall along St Ouen’s Bay in Jersey

What’s the weather like in Jersey in winter?

You can always check the National Weather Service for details of the island’s weather, but one thing you’re unlikely to see in Jersey is inches of snow, as the mild climate is usually warmer than the UK’s southern counties.

Be prepared for varying weather conditions by dressing in layers and packing accordingly!

Final Thoughts – Things To Do In Jersey in Winter

In conclusion, the winter season in Jersey Channel Islands offers visitors unique and enchanting experiences. 

From exploring historic sites to enjoying coastal walks, numerous activities showcase the beauty and charm of this destination. The island’s mild climate makes it an ideal short break getaway during the colder months, with various indoor and outdoor attractions to suit the whole family.

Whether you’re captivated by history, and nature, or simply seeking tranquility away from the crowds, Jersey in winter is sure to leave you with unforgettable memories. So bundle up against the cold weather and embark on a journey to discover the hidden gems of this beautiful island paradise.

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illustrations of winter in Jersey including granite church, Jersey cow and coastal pathway

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