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Christmas

Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland

18th November-2nd January 2020

Venue: Various Locations

Address: Bournemouth, BH1

Website: www.christmastreewonderland.co.uk

With a spectacular Christmas tree trail, enchanting illuminations and seasonal family fun, Experience the magical spectacle of hundreds of glittering trees from around the world. Explore the Alpine Market...

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 Christchurch Christmas Festival

23rd-23rd November 2019

Time: 10am to 8pm

Venue: High Street

Address: Christchurch, BH23 1AS

Website: www.christchurchchristmas

A celebration of Christmas and all things festive. The festival includes a Christmas market, seasonal music, fun entertainment and much more.

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Festive Fun at Adventure Wonderland

23rd November-23rd December 2019

Time: 10am to 6pm

Venue: Adventure Wonderland

Address: Near Christchurch, BH23 6BA

Website: www.adventurewonderland.co.uk

Also, 24 & 30 November and 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 December. Visit magical Nativity Cuddles Corner, watch the seasonal pantomime in the Happydrome theatre, play in a festive...

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Reindeer Making

23rd November-1st December 2019

Venue: Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre

Address: Broadway, Bournemouth, BH6 4EN

Also, 24, 30 November and 1 December. A fun thirty-minute session making reindeer. Booking essential. Cost: £8 per reindeer. For details call 01202 451618.

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 Stir Up Sunday

24th-24th November 2019

Time: 10am

Venue: Kingston Lacy

Address: Wimborne Minster, BH21 4EA

Celebrate the stir-up Sunday tradition and make a mini Christmas Pudding to take home. Cost: £2.50 per pudding. Normal property admission applies. Ring 01202 883402.

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Pine Cone Feeders

24th-24th November 2019

Time: 1pm to 3pm

Venue: Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre

Address: Granby Road, Muscliff, Bournemouth, BH9 3NZ

Help the garden birds survive this winter by making a tasty treat using some large pine cones. Cost: £2. There is no need to book. For details ring 01202 451548.

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Sparkle in the Park

24th-24th November 2019

Time: 3.30pm to 4.45pm

Venue: Lodmoor Country Park

Address: Weymouth, DT4 7SX

Website: www.weareweymouth.co.uk

A free family event. Starting at 3.30pm, with a procession through the candlelit Woodland Walk.

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Castlepoint Christmas Lights Switch On

29th-29th November 2019

Time: From 5pm to 7pm

Venue: Castlepoint Shopping Park

Address: Castle Lane West, Bournemouth, BH8 9UZ

Website: www.castlepointshopping.com

An evening of fun festive entertainment that the whole family will love. Plus, there will be lots of festive surprises.

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 Christmas in Poole

30th-30th November 2019

Time: From 4.45pm

Venue: Falkland Square

Address: Poole, BH15 1ER

Website: www.pooletourism.com

Celebrate the start of the festive season at Poole’s Christmas Tree Light Switch On from 4.45pm

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Christmas Lights Switch On in Lyme Regis

30th-30th November 2019

Venue: Church Street

Address: Lyme Regis, DT7 3BS

Website: www.lymeregis.org

See the festive parade with its lanterns, majorettes and Father Christmas leave from the Baptist Church and make its way to the Christmas tree in Broad Street, where the Christmas lights will be switched...

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Christmas Lights Turn On

30th-30th November 2019

Time: 2pm to 5pm

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Ashley Heath, Near Ringwood, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

Join the Rangers to celebrate the start of the Christmas festivities with the lights switch on. Extra activities will include a fun festive treasure hunt and performances by the Dorset Youth Marching Band....

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Crealy’s Christmas Spectacular

30th November-24th December 2019

Time: 10am to 5pm

Venue: Crealy Great Adventure Park

Address: Clyst St Mary, Near Exeter, EX5 1DR

Website: www.crealy.co.uk/events/crealy-christmas-spectacular

Tickets to the Crealy Christmas Spectacular include the sensational Christmas Ice Show, Decoration Station, Mary Christmas’ Bakery, Rudy’s Reindeer Food Making Station, Santa’s Post Office, Santa’s...

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Weymouth’s Cinder Trail

30th November-31st December 2019

Venue: Various Locations

Address: Weymouth, DT3

Website: www.weareweymouth.co.uk

A free animated trail of six story book settings, each on their own stage. The festive season kicks off with a packed weekend of Christmas entertainment including fun performances and a snow machine. The...

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Festive Family Activities

1st December-5th January 2020

Time: 10am-6pm

Venue: Kingston Lacy

Address: Wimborne Minster, BH21 4EA

Venture through the woods on a family trail, get crafty in the old laundry, play games and puzzles in the Saloon, make a traditional Christmas gift and much more. Ring 01202 883402.

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Poole Santa Parade

1st-1st December 2019

Venue: Poole Quay

Address: Poole, BH15 1HJ

Website: www.pooletourism.com

Watch Santa on his Christmas Sleigh. Santa will be arriving by boat at 10.30am and will then lead a procession through the town, finishing in Falkland Square.

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Sherborne Festive Shopping Day

1st-1st December 2019

Venue: Sherborne

Address: DT9 3BJ

A free entry ‘Love a Local Christmas’ festive shopping day. With music, fun and entertaining activities. Including a festive parade, a Santa’s grotto, a carol service and Christmas Tree festival....

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Dorchester Christmas Cracker

5th-5th December 2019

Venue: Dorchester

Address: DT1 1BE

Website: www.dorchesterchamber.co.uk

Featuring late night Christmas shopping, a Christmas craft fair, Christmas lights switch on, seasonal entertainment, live music, Father Christmas, festive food, free parking and more.

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Christmas Fayre

6th-6th December 2019

Time: 3:30pm-5pm

Venue: St Luke's Church

Address: St Luke's Road, Bournemouth, BH3 7LR

Website: www.stmartinsschool.net

Enjoy the magic of Christmas with traditional songs from St Martin's School choir, Santa's Grotto, face painting, a bouncy castle, Christmas Cafe, raffle, 20 stalls with beautiful gifts, plus fun and games....

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Buttermarket Christmas Market

7th-7th December 2019

Time: 10am to 4pm

Venue: Buttermarket

Address: Poundbury, DT1 3DS

Celebrating its 4th year, this Christmas market will be playing host to 35 stalls teeming with with crafts, food and drink. Plus, there will be Christmas jazz music and a Santa’s Grotto. Call 01305 267992.

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Pull a Pine for Christmas

7th-7th December 2019

Time: 11am to 3pm

Venue: RSPB Arne Nature Reserve

Address: Near Wareham, BH20 5BJ

Visit the Pull a Pine village in the centre of the heath, with stalls, refreshments and food. After a day of pine clearing, you can drop your chosen Christmas tree off at the Pine Pick-up. Call 01929 553360.

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Reindeer Making

7th December-15th November 2019

Venue: Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre

Address: Granby Road, Muscliff, Bournemouth, BH9 3NZ

Also, 8, 14 and 15 December. Join the rangers at this fun making reindeer activity. With mince pies, stollen and hot chocolate. Cost: £8 per reindeer. Booking essential as spaces fill up very quickly....

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Swanage Christmas Market

7th-7th December 2019

Time: 10am to 4pm

Venue: Shore Road

Address: Swanage, BH19 1LB

Enjoy a range of festive activities and browse around the many stalls at the Christmas market. For more, call 01929 766018.

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Christmas Carols in the Castle

8th-8th December 2019

Time: 5pm to 7pm

Venue: Corfe Castle

Address: The Square, Corfe Castle, BH20 5EZ

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle

Create a new family tradition with carols in the castle. Join local choirs and sing your heart out to Christmas carols old and new.

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Christmas Family Trundle

8th-8th December 2019

Time: 11am to 12pm

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Ashley Heath, Near Ringwood, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

Join the Rangers for a 2.5km walk to see what winter wildlife is around the park, with some folklore and mythology thrown in. A fun family walk. Cost: £2 per person. No need to book. Call 01425 470721.

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RNLI Christmas Market

8th-8th December 2019

Time: 11am to 4pm

Venue: RNLI College

Address: West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1HZ

Website: www.rnli.org

Packed with over 40 exhibitors selling a range of Christmas gifts. The kids will be entertained with a visit from Father Christmas who will be arriving by Lifeboat, plus arts and crafts workshops. Admission...

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Santa on the Quay

8th-8th December 2019

Time: 11am to 6pm

Venue: Poole Quay

Address: Poole, BH15 1HJ

Website: www.pooletourism.com

Featuring musicians, a special Santa's grotto, a craft workshop, face painters and much more.

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Poole Lantern Parade

12th-12th December 2019

Time: 6pm to 8pm

Venue: Falkland Square

Address: Poole, BH15 1EG

Website: www.pooletourism.com

See the Poole Lantern Parade light up the town with beautifully crafted handmade lanterns. The parade will leave Falkland Square at 6pm, weave through the town centre and finish at the Guildhall for carols.

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 Christmas Adventure with the Lord of Misrule

14th-31st December 2019

Time: 5pm to 7pm

Venue: Corfe Castle

Address: The Square, Corfe Castle, BH20 5EZ

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle

Also, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27-31 December. Join this mischief-maker and journey through the castle ruins, learn about medieval traditions and join in with games, dances and entertainment to brighten the...

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Christmas Choir and Outside BBQ

14th-14th December 2019

Venue: Various locations

Address: Poole, BH15 1ER

Website: www.pooletourism.com

Local choirs will be singing Christmas carols. Soak up the festive atmosphere and tuck into some tasty BBQ food.

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 Festive Fun Day

15th-15th December 2019

Time: 10am to 4.30pm

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Ashley Heath, Near Ringwood, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

Get in the festive spirit with fun Christmas crafts and activities, whilst raising money for good causes. Christmas activities include making willow stars and candles. Plus, performances from Dorset Youth...

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Frosty 5K

15th-15th December 2019

Time: 10am to 1pm

Venue: Great Field

Address: Poundbury, Dorchester, DT1 3RH

Website: www.weld-hospice.org.uk/events/frosty-5k-2019

Embrace the festive spirit this Christmas and join in with some seasonal fun at Weldmar's new family event this Christmas. Run, jog, hop or dance your way around the festive 5k course.

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Wrapping Up for Christmas

15th-15th December 2019

Time: From 1.30pm to 3pm

Venue: Durlston Country Park

Address: Lighthouse Road, Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Get the family together in the Belvedere and create special wrapping papers and gift tags for Christmas. A free event although donations welcome. 

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Festive Carols and Wildlife Wanders

19th-19th December 2019

Time: 10.30am to 2pm

Venue: Brownsea Island

Address: Poole Harbour, Poole, BH13 7EE

Soak up the sights and sounds of the winter wildlife away from the Christmas mayhem on the mainland, then enjoy a good old singsong in the unique island church. Booking essential. For more information...

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Little Red Riding Hood

20th-20th December 2019

Time: 6.30pm to 9pm

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Ashley Heath, Near Ringwood, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

A special interactive performance, bringing storytelling with madcap humour, memorable songs and beautiful imagery. Booking essential. For children aged 3 years+. Call 01425 470721.

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Christmas Film Night in Poole

21st-21st December 2019

Venue: Falkland Square

Address: Poole, BH15 1ER

Website: www.pooletourism.com

Watch some well-known Christmas movies on the big screen outdoors in Falkland Square. Snuggle up in the seated movie area with patio heaters and blankets.

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Winter Solstice

21st-21st December 2019

Time: 7.15am to 10am

Venue: South Beach

Address: Studland, BH19 3AQ

A magical morning gazing over the sunrise at Old Harry Rocks. View the sunrise from Old Harry Rocks on the shortest day of the year followed by a full English breakfast at Knoll Beach café. Booking essential....

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Carols Around the Christmas Tree

23rd-23rd December 2019

Time: 7pm

Venue: Broad Street

Address: Lyme Regis, DT7 3BS

Website: www.lymeregis.org

Get into the festive spirit with the annual Carols Round the Tree event. The event begins at 7pm at the town’s Christmas Tree in Broad Street. Call 01297 442138.

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Christmas Day Harbour Swim

25th-25th December 2019

Venue: Weymouth Harbour

Address: Weymouth, DT4 8BG

Website: www.weymouthlionsclub.co.uk/christmas-day-harbour-swim-2019

Join in with this daring annual swim across the harbour or stay warm and watch the brave souls as they take to the icy waters. Raising funds for charitable causes.

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Christmas Morning Fancy Dress Swim

25th-25th December 2019

Time: 11am sharp

Venue: Charmouth Beach

Address: Charmouth, DT6

Be there by 10.30am to enjoy seeing all the fund-raisers in their dry fancy dress before they take to the icy waters. In aid of Lyme Regis RNLI. Just turn up and take the plunge. This event is weather...

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New Year’s Eve-Eve Phaser Night

30th-30th December 2019

Time: From 6.30pm

Venue: Lemur Landings

Address: Poole, BH12 4NY

Website: www.lemurlandings.co.uk

End your year with a super evening of phaser tag. Climb aboard the giant space station themed playframe for 6 thrilling phaser missions and DigiWall fun! For children aged 6 years+. For details call 01202...

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 Wild Wednesday

1st-1st January 2020

Time: 11am to 3pm

Venue: Durlston Country Park

Address: Lighthouse Road, Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Begin a New Year by enjoying some free activities and craft in the Belvedere.

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Lyme Lunge and Duck Race

1st-1st January 2020

Time: From 12pm

Venue: Sandy Beach

Address: Lyme Regis, DT7

Website: www.whatsoninlyme.co.uk

Begin the year by watching the traditional Duck Race down the River Lym, before bracing the cold waters of Lyme Bay, wearing fancy dress. Or keep warm and watch the spectacle instead.

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Last Day of Family Quiz Trail

5th-5th January 2020

Time: 9am to 3pm

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Ashley Heath, Near Ringwood, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

A fun self-led quiz trail with a festive theme for the whole family. Test your general knowledge of 2019 whilst children can have fun answering some festive questions. Call 01425 470721.

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Nature Tots at RSPB Arne

7th-7th January 2020

Time: 10.30am to 11.30am

Venue: RSPB Arne Nature Reserve

Address: Near Wareham, BH20 5BJ

Young explorers wanted for bug hunting, puddle splashing and all-round adventure. Nature Tots is a monthly nature group aimed at preschool children aged between 2 ½ and 5 years old. Booking essential....

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Brownsea Bird Boats

12th-12th January 2020

Time: 9am to 1pm

Venue: Brownsea Island

Address: Poole Harbour, Poole, BH13 7EE

Also 26 January. Witness one of the best winter bird spectacles in the UK. Also, spend two-hours on Brownsea Island and take an exclusive guided tour around the lagoon. Booking essential. For more information...

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Introduction to Orienteering

19th-19th January 2020

Time: 2pm to 3.30pm

Venue: Durlston Country Park

Address: Lighthouse Road, Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Learn to read an orienteering map and navigate a course. For children aged 6 years+. Booking essential. Cost: £3 per child.

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Stargazing

1st-1st February 2020

Time: From 7.30pm

Venue: Durlston Country Park

Address: Lighthouse Road, Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Visit the Learning centre to take a look at the moon, star clusters, galaxies, Orion Nebula and winter constellations. This event is weather dependent so do call on the day to confirm. Cost: £3 each.

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