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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)


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.


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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