Christmas events and things to do in Weymouth - 2015
PUBLISHED: 12:53 26 November 2015 | UPDATED: 15:36 09 December 2015
This seaside town will be brimming with festive cheer thanks to a packed programme of events which finishes with a fancy dress flourish to welcome in 2016, as Andy Greeves discovers Weymouth
The switching on of the Christmas Lights at 6pm on Friday 4 December starts the 28 day celebration of Weymouth’s BIG Christmas. From ice-skating and pudding chasing to live music and great shopping, Weymouth will be buzzing right the way through to dawn of 2016.
The centre piece is a real ice rink located in the square outside Debenhams. This will be opened by local MP Richard Drax at 3pm on the 4 December. It’s then open every day until 27 December (except Christmas Day). It’s bound to be popular so online booking is hotly recommended weareweymouth.co.uk/christmas and skates are available to hire as part of the ticket price.
The Festive Stage - next to the ice rink - welcomes a variety of entertainers for Christmas Out Loud over the weekend of 18 & 19 of December and also hosts the Pop-Up Panto, performed between noon and 2pm on 5 & 6 of December. This year’s taster comes from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which runs at the Weymouth Pavilion from the 11 December to 3 January. Book online at weymouthpavilion.com.
Santa is going to be a regular visitor to Weymouth throughout December. Arriving with his reindeer, as the lights are illuminated, on the 4 December. He will have a grotto in town (in the foyer of Cineworld) where you will find him on Weymouth’s Big Christmas’ opening night - as well as successive weekends and the three-day run up to 23 December.
When it comes to finding great gifts, Weymouth’s main shopping areas can be found on St Thomas Street, St Mary Street and Westham Road, with big name high street retailers including Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, Next and Pandora. If you are after something a little bit different, St Alban Street has lots of independent boutiques to explore, such as the brilliant Bibis.
Near to the Old Harbour, Brewers Quay is something of a hidden gem. This former Victorian brewery is home to specialist shops including antiques, handmade gifts, jewellery, books, toys and art. Another good hunting ground is Weymouth’s Christmas Market held every weekend throughout December. If you are flagging during your shopping marathon seek out a caffeine boost at Waffle On (24 Trinity Road) or Stanleys (39a St Thomas Street). Weymouth is also home to Costa Coffee, Café Nero and Coffee #1.
Continuing with the festive action, the Wessex FM Roadshow will be in town on the 4, 5, 12 and 19 December. The ever-popular 5k Chase the Pudding Santa Dash – unique to Weymouth – will be playing out on Weymouth Beach at 11am on the 20 December.
The fun continues with Weymouth’s BIG Fancy Dress Party on New Year’s Eve. Last year, the town was voted as one of the top ten New Year’s Eve destinations by travel search engine goeuro.co.uk. This year’s fancy dress party is set to be the biggest of its kind in the UK.
Finally if you are driving into Weymouth during the festive period (from the 4 December), if you park after 2pm you pay for just one hour and you can stay until 8am the following morning.
For more details about Christmas events happening in Weymouth visit weareweymouth.co.uk/christmas
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