Christmas carols, concerts and festive music in Dorset

PUBLISHED: 10:11 17 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:55 02 January 2018

Bolshoi on Screen brings The Nutcracker to Bournemouth (Photo by Damir Yusupov)


From candlelit carols to Solstice walks there's lots happening around the county


Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree - 2 December

Grab your dancing shoes and head to the Electric Palace, Bridport to enjoy a swinging Christmas Party when Rock ‘n’ Roll ruled the airwaves. Box office 01308 424901.

Come and Sing Messiah - 9 December

The New Elizabethan Singers invite you to perform Handel’s greatest masterpiece with them at St Mary’s Church, Bridport. Rehearsals at 3pm, performance at 6pm.

Christmas Concert - 9 December

The Belvedere Singers brings festive spirit to St Mary’s Church, Swanage at 7.30pm.

Wessex Miltary Band Winter Concert - 10 December

Enjoy festive music from this local band at Bridport Arts Centre. Starts 3pm.

Winter in Wessex - 10 December

A winter themed programme featuring the Wessex Youth Orchestra and ensembles from the Centre for Wessex Young Musicians. Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000.

West Gallery Carols - 10 & 17 December

Inspired by local folk songs and West Gallery carols the Ridgeway Singers and Band present a joyous celebration of a Dorset Christmas past and present at 4pm. 10 Dec Durweston VH 01258 488883: 17 Dec St Christopher’s Church, Winfrith 01305 853783.

Messiah - 13 December

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) perform Handel’s Christmas classic at Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000.

Candlelit Christmas Celebration - 13 December

St Ambrose Church in West Cliff Road, Bournemouth is illuminated by candles as the ethereal voices of La Nova Singers perform favourite festive tunes. Starts 7.30pm.

A Festive Feast of Harp & Guitar - 14–16 December

Máire ni Chathasaigh and Chris Newman blend traditional Irish music, swing jazz and bluegrass in this special Christmas show. Starts 7.30pm. 14 Dec Sandford Orcas VH 01963 220208; 15 Dec Hinton Martell VH 01258 840066; 16 Dec Martinstown VH 01305 889738.

Last Night of the Christmas Proms - 16 December

Festive musical magic from the BSO in this family concert featuring seasonal classics old and new. Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000.

Christmas with Canzonetta - 17 December

The classical singing group perform songs and readings for the festive season at the Church of St John the Evangelist, Tolpuddle at 3pm.

Noël! Noël! - 18 December

Enjoy uplifting Christmas songs and carols with the Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir (BSC) in the Great Hall at 7.30pm, Canford School. Box office 01722 710511.

BSO Christmas Carols - 23 December

Enjoy singing some of your favourite carols accompanied by the BSO and BSC. Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000.



The Nutcracker - 3 December

Bolshoi on Screen brings you Hoffmann’s festive fairytale performed by some of the world’s greatest ballet dancers at 3pm. Pavilion Dance South West, 01202 203630.

Brilliance - 6, 7, 8 & 10 December

Winter 1963 and the villagers are gathered to experience something truly electrifying as you will discover in this show written especially for performance in village halls. Starts 7.30pm. 6 Dec West Stafford VH 07968 633834; 7 Dec Wootton Fitzpaine VH 01297 560948; 8 Dec Memorial Hall Sturminster Marshall 01258 857447; 10 Dec Jubilee Hall Yetminster 01935 873719.

A Christmas Carol - 8 December

A Christmas Carol was the first public performance Dickens gave of his own work. This production, in aid of Barnardo’s, recreates the spirit of Dickens performance. Bridport Arts Centre 01308 424204.

Christmas. Time. - 14–17 December  

Even if you are serving time at Her Majesty’s pleasure you can still celebrate Christmas as this musical comedy reveals. Suitable 10+. Starts 7.30pm. 14 Dec  Royal Manor Theatre, Portland 0333 666 3366; 15 Dec Buckland Newton VH 01300 345455; 16 Dec Broadmayne VH 07443 659912;  17 Dec Portman Hall, Shillingstone 07870 972089.



Brownsea Christmas Walk - 19 & 21 December

Out of season guided walk on this magical island, followed by candlelit carols in the church, mulled wine and mince pies 10am – 1pm. Booking essential 01202 707744.  

Winter Solstice - 21 December

Watch sunrise on the shortest day of the year from Corfe Castle ruins followed by breakfast. Booking essential 0344 249 1895. Or see the sunrise over Studland on a Solstice walk to Old Harry Rocks followed by breakfast at Knoll Beach Café. Booking essential on 01929 450500.


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