Explore Christmas Tree Wonderland in Bournemouth

PUBLISHED: 11:21 10 December 2018

Chirstmas Tree Trail. Photo credit: Bournemouth Tourism

Chirstmas Tree Trail. Photo credit: Bournemouth Tourism


A magnificent new festive trail featuring glittering trees and enchanting illuminations has turned Bournemouth into a winter wonderland

Alpine Market. Photo credit: Bournemouth TourismAlpine Market. Photo credit: Bournemouth Tourism

This festive season Bournemouth town centre will be transformed into a magical spectacle featuring over 100 glittering trees and illuminations as Christmas Tree Wonderland makes it mark on this seaside town for the first time.

Opening on 16 November and running through until the beginning of January, an illuminated big wheel on the resort’s award-winning seafront marks the start of this unique free festival trail. The route weaves through the historic Lower Gardens where you will see magnificent themed trees from cities around the world including Moscow, St Petersburg, Bethlehem, Seattle and Warsaw. There is also a Tree of Light and canopy of cascading lights over Pine Tree Walk.

Posting letters to Santa in Southbourne. Photo credit: Sirius ArtPosting letters to Santa in Southbourne. Photo credit: Sirius Art

The centrepiece of the brand new attraction is the Bournemouth Wonderland Tree – a 60ft LED spectacle comprising 30,000 individual lights programmed for regular sound and light shows.

There is also a series of enchanting illuminations dotted around Bournemouth town centre - including a giant teddy bear, gingerbread people and a giant bauble, as well as animated polar bears, a snow lion, fairies and elves. There will also be Santa’s Grotto (open 23 Nov – 24 Dec, booking advised) in the Lower Gardens and entertainment across the resort at various times throughout the festive season.

Skating under the stars in the Lower Gardens. Photo credit: Bournemouth TourismSkating under the stars in the Lower Gardens. Photo credit: Bournemouth Tourism

The popular Alpine Market is packed with a wonderful range of gifts and food. And the Alpine Lodge offers a selection of festive hot and cold drinks.

Christmas in Bournemouth wouldn’t be complete without the opportunity to skate in the fairytale setting of the town’s Grade II-listed Victorian gardens. SKATE is back in the Lower Gardens, with the addition of an ice path which will allow skaters to venture off the main rink.

The Moghul Bar by the ice rink. Photo credit: Bournemouth TourismThe Moghul Bar by the ice rink. Photo credit: Bournemouth Tourism

All this festive sparkle extends to the Triangle, Horseshoe Common and Lansdowne, plus the ‘coastal villages’ of Westbourne, Southbourne and Boscombe.

Other local Christmas events include Bournemouth Pavilion’s pantomime Sleeping Beauty (8 December to 6 January/box office 0844 576 3000). While Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum will be decorated for a Victorian Christmas, and Father Christmas will be in residence on 8 - 9 December (11am – 3pm, booking 01202 451820).

Christmas Tree Wonderland. Photo credit: Bournemouth TourismChristmas Tree Wonderland. Photo credit: Bournemouth Tourism

Free performances on the Christmas Tree Trail

Winter Fairy

13 and 22 December

Admire the skilful juggling of the Winter Fairy in this gorgeous winter walkabout. Beale Place at 1pm (next to Beales). Lower Gardens from 2pm.


Roller Skating Puds

14 and 24 December

Meet the delightfully funny and speedy Christmas Puds in the Lower Gardens from 3pm.


Theo the Polar Bear

15 and 16 December

Together with his Arctic conservationist companion, find out about how polar bears survive and interact with Theo, Marquee in Lower Gardens from 2pm.


The Glitter Belles

15 December

These sculptural creations inspired by 1970’s disco have inbuilt light balls giving off an opulent glow and LEDs to create a shimmering mirror ball effect. Lower Gardens from 2.30pm.


Christmas Belles

20 December

The stilt walking duo shimmer with waving gold ribbons and ring out yuletide chimes. Lower gardens from 1pm.


Winter Rose

20 December

A walkabout show with wayfarer puppet ‘Winter Rose’ and her colourful cargo of festive flowers and foliage. Lower Gardens/Pier Approach from 2.30pm.


The Snow Lion and the Red Queen

22 December

From the Forests of Eternal Snow pads the giant white lion accompanied by a queen. This walkabout combines animatronic puppetry and magical characters. Lower Gardens from 1.30pm.


Snow Globe

23 December

The human Snow Globe encasing the beautiful Snow Queen will be gliding through the Lower Gardens from 3pm.

Find all the details at christmastreewonderland.co.uk

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