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Christmas markets in Dorset

PUBLISHED: 15:00 31 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:58 02 January 2018

Bournemouth Christmas Market by Lets Go Out Bournemouth and Poole under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/) via flic.kr/p/qdVNmy

Bournemouth Christmas Market by Lets Go Out Bournemouth and Poole under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/) via flic.kr/p/qdVNmy


Soak up the festive spirit at one of these Christmas markets in Dorset

Bournemouth - 17 November-4 January

As you’d expect from any great Christmas market or festival, Bournemouth’s will include lively entertainment, unique gift ideas and some tasty cuisine. Not only that, the event runs for almost two months, closing in the New Year, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy the celebrations. It is inspired by traditional German markets and new this year will be an alpine market.



Christchurch - 25 November

Enjoy a Christmas market with a variety of food, drink and gifts for sale on the High Street from 10am–late. Enjoy the entertainment on offer throughout the day in Saxon Square, High Street and other locations in town.



Athelhampton House & Gardens - 25-26 November

Over 50 stalls to explore from 10am-4pm where you’ll find everything from home-baked cakes to vegan delicacies. Entry is £2.50 per person which includes entry to the House and Gardens of Athelhampton. Free park and ride from County Hall in Dorchester.



Gillingham - 1 December

Parade starting at 6.30pm from Town Hall with a Christmas Market (from 2pm), live music, street food and children’s rides.



Symondsbury Estate - 2 December

This wonderful festive market, at Manor Yard just outside Bridport, includes stalls selling local crafts, food, drinks, and Christmas gifts. Also in attendance will be Christmas donkeys and there’s a children’s story-telling area. Runs 10am-6pm.



Blandford Forum - 13 December

The Yuletide Festival in Blandford Forum this year kicks of at 5pm and will include a whole host of activities ranging from, but not limited to: a lantern parade, carol singing, fireworks and market! You might even catch a glimpse of Father Christmas too.



Shaftesbury - 17 December

With the streets filled from one end of town to another, this is an atmospheric street fair in Shaftesbury High Street from 10am–3pm.



Click here to see our full Dorset Christmas guide.



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