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Family Christmas events in Dorset

PUBLISHED: 10:37 17 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:34 17 November 2017

Christmas Spectacular at the Regent Christchurch


From a Tudor Christmas to helping a Fairy Godmother decorate her tree, there are plenty of family-friendly events happening in and around the county this December

Silver Moon - 1 December

This masked performance by Compagnie Animotion tells the enchanting tale of two very different children. When the clock strikes midnight on Christmas Eve the magic begins. 6pm, Toller Porcorum Village Hall, 01300 320373.

Santa at Kingston Lacy - Fridays to Sundays (1–24 December)

See the entrance and servants’ hall decorated for Christmas, meet Santa Claus (booking essential 0344 249 1895 or nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy) then explore the illuminated Christmas walk in the gardens.  

Santa Steam Special - Weekends from 2–10 December & 16-24 December

Meet Santa and his helpers on this steam train special as it puffs between Corfe Castle and Swanage. Booking essential swanagerailway.co.uk or 01929 425800.

The Fairy Godmother’s Christmas Tree - 2, 3 & 9 December

The Fairy Godmother weaves storytelling magic as she decorates her tree for a rather special visitor at 11am and 2pm. Suitable for 3 – 8 year olds. Booking essential 01425 480811 or moors-valley.co.uk.

A Christmas Carol - 8-10 December

Dave Mynne’s family-friendly anarchic comedy brings the true spirit of Christmas to the county. Starts 7.30pm. 8 Dec Tarrant Gunville Village Hall (VH) 01258 830361; 9 Dec Broadoak VH 01308 424922; 4pm, 10 Dec Memorial Hall Piddletrenthide 01300 348247.

Frozen Sing-a-long - 9 December

Dress up as your favourite character for this fabulous pre-Christmas sing-a-long at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. Box office 01297 442138.




Jack & The Beanstalk - 2 December – 1 January  

Fee-fi-fo-fum let’s go to Bournemouth Pavilion for some panto fun!

S Club 7’s Rachel Stevens is waving her wand as Fairy Sweet Pea and Milkshake! presenter Derek Moran is Jack. Box office  

0844 576 3000.

Cinderella - 8 December – 6 January

With a Fairy Godmother waiting in the wings it looks like Cinders’ wish to go to the ball is granted. Lighthouse Poole. Box office 01202 280000.

Sleeping Beauty - 9 December – 1 January

Will Prince Daniel of Dorchester break the curse with True Love’s Kiss? Find out at Weymouth Pavilion. Box office 01305 783225.

Aladdin - 15 December – 1 January

Step aboard the flying carpet in this magical family panto at the Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne. Box office 01202 885566.

Aladdin - 21–22 December

Sherborne Amateur Pantomime Society introduce to you a cunning  genie in a bottle at the Digby Hall. Box office 01935 815341.

Discover more family Christmas happenings in our December issue!

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