FESTIVE EVENTS, FAIRS AND LIGHT SWITCH ONS

SOUTH EAST DORSET

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT WITH SNOW - WESTBOURNE

30 NOVEMBER 2018

Enjoy a very Victorian Westbourne with late night shopping, carols by candlelight and Snow!

For more information, please see the Facebook Event.

 

CHRISTMAS TREE WONDERLAND - BOURNEMOUTH

16 NOVEMBER 2018 - 2 JANUARY 

Experience the magical display of over 100 glittering trees and illuminations. Explore the Alpine Market and skate in the enchanting Victorian Lower Gardens. 

For more information, please visit Christmas Tree Wonderland.

LITTLEDOWN CHRISTMAS MARKET - BOURNEMOUTH

25 NOVEMBER 2018

There will be up to 140 stalls selling a range of Christmas gifts.
There's also plenty of activities for the children including a visit from Father Christmas, face painting and entertainment from Jules the Entertainer.

For more information, please see the Facebook Event.

CHRISTMAS LIGHT SWITCH ON - POOLE

29 NOVEMBER 2018

Poole will be bustling with a full days entertainment which includes a Christmas karaoke sing-along, giant snow globe and light switch on.

For more information, please visit Poole Tourism.

CHRISTMAS MAGIC WORLD AND TOY PARADE - CASTLEPOINT

1 DECEMBER 2018

An absolutely fantastic Christmas and Toy Parade inspired by the magic of Disneyland which will sprinkle magic fairy dust over everyone.  There will also be performers, fairy tale characters, reindeer and snow!

For more information, please visit Castlepoint Shopping.

BROADSTONE CHRISTMAS PARADE AND MARKET - POOLE

DATE TBC

The Christmas Market will be great to get those treats for family and friends and then the parade will start with Santa leading the way. After the parade the Methodist Church will be showing cartoons for the children followed by a Chrostmas film.

For more information, please see the Facebook Event.

STEP BACK IN TIME AT CHRISTMAS - POOLE MUSEUM

2 DECEMBER 2018

Step inside Scaplen’s Court to soak up the festive atmosphere of days gone by.  Whilst you are there you can explore and enjoy some historical Christmas crafts.

For more information, please visit Poole Museum.

CHRISTMAS MOVIES - POOLE

6, 13 and 20 December 2018

Christmas movies will be shown on a big screen outdoors in the Sainsburys plaza.  Wrap up and get cosy in the seated movie area with patio heaters and blankets.  Hot food, drinks and popcorn will be on sale.

For more information, please visit Poole Tourism.

DRIVE IN MOVIES - BRANSGORE

21 - 23 DECEMBER 2018

8 different Christmas classic films will be screened over 3 days.  Arrive early and you can enjoy the Christmas market stalls, hot food, beverages and snacks.

For more information, please visit Drive In Movies.

 

SKATE - BOURNEMOUTH

15 NOVEMBER - 6 JANUARY

The ice rink is situated in Bournemouth's Lower Gardens surrounded by lots of tall and beautifully decorated Christmas trees.  Make an occasion of it and visit Moguls Alpine Bar for a mulled wine or hot chocolate.

For more information, please visit Skate Bournemouth.

RURAL AND NORTH DORSET

PANTOS AND CHRISTMAS SHOWS

If you would like to take the family to a show this year then you'll be spoilt for choice in which theatre to go or which Christmas classic to see.

For a list of what's on and where, please visit Dorset Pantomimes and Christmas Shows.

 

 

 

ILLUMINATED GARDENS AT KINGSTON LACY

WED TO SUN FROM 30 NOVEMBER - 30 DECEMBER

From 4pm onwards you can wander the illuminated trail around the Formal Garden and see the house and garden transformed with lights.

For more information and admission prices for non National Trust members, please visit Kingston Lacy.

ETSY CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR - WIMBORNE

1 - 2 DECEMBER 2018

Fun and festive day out with over 60 local designers, makers and sellers.

For more information, please see the Facebook Event.

 

 

 

FESTIVE WEEKENDS - MOORS VALLEY COUNTRY PARK

VARIOUS DATES

Festive weekend events include a family Christmas Quiz trail, make your own festive wreath, meet Slick the Fox and a spellbinding evening performance of Rumplestilskin.

For more information and dates, please visit Moors Valley Country Park.

BLANDFORD YULETIDE FESTIVAL

12 DECEMBER 2018

This popular event will have stalls, a lantern parade led by Father Christmas, carol singing, evening entertainment and fireworks.

For more information, please visit Blandford Yuletide Festival.

 

AVON HEATH COUNTRY PARK

VARIOUS DATES

Festive events include a wreath workshop, reindeer making, winter treasure trail, pop up pottery and a Christmas conservation task.

For more information, please visit Avon Heath Country Park.

 

PURBECK AREA

PULL A PINE - ARNE

1 DECEMBER 2018

Every year the RSPB invites members of the public to come out for the day to clear as many small pine trees as possible and as a thank you for your hard work, you can take away your very own, hand picked, locally sourced, sustainable Christmas tree.

For more information including parking prices, please visit RSPB Arne.

 

ELF HUNT AT THE WALLED GARDEN - MORETON

1 - 23 DECEMBER 2018

The Elf Hunt will be running every day with maps available in buy in the Dovecote Cafe.  Entry into The Walled Garden and parking is free.

Father Christmas will also be visiting The Walled Garden on selected dates.

For more information, please visit Walled Garden Moreton.

CHRISTMAS AT CORFE CASTLE

VARIOUS DATES

There's lots gong on at Corfe with The Twelve days of Christmas famly quest, crafts, Christmas carols and Winter lights.

For more information, please visit Corfe Castle.

 

KIDS TRAIL - DURLSTON COUNTRY PARK

21 - 30 DECEMBER 2018

The Kids Christmas Trail at Durlston will be running every day except Xmas and Boxing Day.  Get in the festive spirit and win a prize!

For more information including trail cost, please visit Durlston.

WEST DORSET

CHRISTMAS MARKET - SYMONDSBURY ESTATE

1 DECEMBER 2018

Local food and drink stalls, arts, crafts and gifts, festive animals, bar, live music and more!

For more information, please visit Symondsbury Estate.

 

 

FESTIVE EVENTS - SHIRE HALL

VARIOUS DATES IN DECEMBER

Shire Hall will be hosting many fabulous events including carols in the courtroom, Christmas crafts, family films and Judge Santa!

For more information, please visit Shire Hall.

CHRISTMAS SINGING - WEYMOUTH

9 DECEMBER 2018

Join local singers in the Greenhill Gardens and sing along to some well known Christmas songs.

For more information, please visit Greenhill Gardens

 

 

SKATING IN THE SQUARE - DORCHESTER

24 NOVEMBER - 5 JANUARY

Enjoy ice skating whilst being surrounded with twinkly lights and Christmas trees.

For more information, please visit Skating in the Square.

 

DORSET GROTTO'S AND EXPERIENCES

Still not booked to see Father Christmas?

The big man is going to be popping up all over Dorset so if you need ideas on where to go, please visit Santa's Grottos and Experiences.

BUTTERMILK CHRISTMAS MARKET - POUNDBURY

There will be 30 stalls selling gifts and goodies plus Father Christmas will be arriving from 10am!

For more information, please see the Buttermilk Christmas Market Facebook event.

 

 

 

For even more local festive fete's, fairs and markets, please join the Dorsetmums Family Friendly Events group and see what's coming up near you. 

Dorsetmums has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this site and does not accept liability for any errors or omission.  Please also note that an event or venue may cancel or close at any time and therefore you should consider contacting beforehand.