Ten Christmas events in Dorset this festive season

Christmas is fast approaching with the month of December fast approaching and with it a whole host of festive markets, parties and events as the holiday season approaches.

All over Dorset there’s a lot going on between now and December 26 with a festive theme, so if you’re stuck for a Christmas event to attend the Echo you’ll find a list of some of the activities that will take place this year.

Christmas cookie, Dorchester

Dorchester’s Christmas Cracker is back for 2021 with a whole new format as for the first time in 25 years the attraction is upgrading to a full-day event. Cracker Day will take place on Sunday, December 14, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Stalls line the High West Street in town with craft fairs taking place at Shire Hall and the Corn Exchange.

Christmas Tree Wonderland, Bournemouth

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Perhaps Dorset’s biggest party attraction, Bournemouth’s Christmas Tree Wonderland returns this year with the 60-foot tree again. It is one of the 100 illuminations of the city. Once again the ice rink will be the lower gardens alongside the alpine market and the bar in the square open daily from 10am until late.

Elves World Record Attempt, Weymouth

As part of the Christmas lights turning on event, a world record gathering of elves at one location will take place in Weymouth on November 27. The downtown event will host a variety of workshops and activities from 10am until the lights come on at 4pm. It is hoped that 2,000 elves will gather in the city in an attempt to break the current record.

Enter Sherbourne

More than 50 booths will be set up in Digby Hall in Sherborne on November 27. Santa will also be visiting throughout the event which will take place between 10 p.m. and 4 p.m. A seasonal café will also be offered, serving light snacks and hot drinks.

A Dorset Christmas at the Tank Museum

On November 27 and 28, Santa Claus visits the Tank Museum, near Bovington, as part of a festive and lively day. Throughout the day, a variety of performances will take place, including live bands. Although there is no cave, Santa will be walking around and present for a question and answer session. The event, which will start at 9 a.m., will also host a market over the two days and will run until 3:45 p.m. Tickets start at £ 17 for adults and £ 9.75 for children.

Symondsbury Estate Christmas Market, Bridport

In West Dorset, a charity Christmas market will be held on December 4 and 5 and the proceeds will be donated to the Family Counseling Trust and Weldmar Hospicecare Dorset. Entrance is free but parking costs £ 3. Various local businesses will be selling food, drinks and handcrafted gifts. Alongside independent boutiques selling luxury gifts, festive decorations and household items.

Wonderful Market, Poole

A Christmas edition of the Poole Heavenly Market will take place in Falkland Square on December 4 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. A host of stalls will additionally feature music from the Bournemouth Brass Band and the Mellor Sisters Christmas Show. Visitors will also find a children’s showcase trail with free eco-friendly arts and crafts stalls.

Swanage Christmas Market

The first weekend of December, Saturday 4th, is also the Swanage Christmas Market. Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Station Road, a wide variety of stalls and traders will be selling their party supplies in the traditional Christmas market.

Poundbury Christmas Market

One of the many festive markets takes place in Poundbury, near Dorchester. Located in the Buttermarket, like many events on this list, takes place on December 4th. The market returns for 2021 with a wide selection of local independent traders from across the county selling their holiday-related products.

Christmas Fayre, Portland

Dorset Echo: Chiswell Christmas Fayre.  Photo: Sam McKeown

Chiswell Walled Garden is having its own Portland Christmas party later this month. On November 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., art and craft stalls will line the community garden alongside local artists presenting their work. People can try their hand at guessing the weight of a cake and enter a raffle for a basket. The garden community group will also serve up festive treats.

What Christmas events will you be attending this year? Let us know in the comments below.


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