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The best things to do in Dorset this Christmas

PUBLISHED: 16:02 20 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:33 02 January 2018

Lyme Regis gets its Christmas sparkle on (Photo by Simon Emmett)

Lyme Regis gets its Christmas sparkle on (Photo by Simon Emmett)

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Lights, festivals, concerts and fantastic things to do. That’s Christmas in Dorset. Here’s our handy guide…

Places to visit

Sherborne - With a wealth of independent retailers and its own dedicated Festive Shopping Day, Sherborne is the place to head for finding great Christmas gifts.

Weymouth - There’s fun to be had down at the seaside at this most wonderful time of the year.

Wimborne - There are festive events both ancient and modern happening in town this year.

Blandford Forum - There’s plenty of festive spirit in the Georgian town this Christmas.

Bournemouth - Bournemouth and its ‘coastal villages’ of Boscombe, Southbourne and Westbourne are really getting in to the festive vibe.

Dorchester - From a Hardy Christmas to skating in the square, there is plenty of festive cheer in Dorset’s county town.


Events

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

Christmas carols, concerts and festive music - From candlelit carols to Solstice walks there’s lots happening around the county.

Christmas shopping and lights in Dorset - You’re sure to encounter plenty of Dorset’s festive spirit at these local events – you may even bump into Santa!

Family Christmas events - 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.


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