Things to do this Christmas in Weymouth
PUBLISHED: 11:28 28 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:50 02 January 2018
There's fun to be had down at the seaside at this most wonderful time of the year, says Andy Greeves
Weymouth BID have planned yet another cracking Weymouth’s BIG Christmas event. It starts with the lighting of the Christmas tree at 6pm and the arrival of Santa and his reindeer on Friday 1 December.
At the centrepiece of this annual extravaganza is the real ice rink outside Debenhams on New Bond Street - get your skates on from 1 December until New Year’s Day. Ticket price of £7.50 is for a 45-minute session and includes skate hire. Discounts available when booked online or for groups of four or more, just go to weareweymouth.co.uk/christmas, where you will also find details about Santa who is going to be in his Grotto in the foyer of Cineworld from 1 December.
In 2016, Weymouth BID won £10,000 worth of Christmas Lights, beating 12 other coastal towns including Bognor Regis, Eastleigh and Ilfracombe, in the Blachere Christmas Light Competition. These fabulous lights are on display again this year, ensuring that this coastal town is going to have some of the best illuminations in Dorset!
Looking for an unusual gift? On Sunday 3 December Weymouth Pavilion has a Christmas Craft Fair with over 50 stalls selling unique and handmade gifts. The fair is free to enter and Father Christmas is going to pop by. You may even bump into a queen as the Pavilion’s Christmas pantomime Sleeping Beauty (9 December – 1 January) stars Weymouth’s favourite dame Lee Redwood as Queen Thelma.
Another great Weymouth tradition is the Chase the Pudding Santa Dash (17 December) when hundreds of locals dress up as Santa and pursue a fleet-footed individual dressed as a Christmas pudding along Weymouth beach. The madness commences at 11am. The following day the Weymouth Concert Brass Band will lead Carols in Wyke Square from 7.15pm. The Christmas Day Harbour Swim is another local tradition and features hundreds of shivering souls in fancy dress and wetsuits braving the freezing waters of Weymouth Harbour to raise money for their chosen charities.
The fancy dress theme continues as Weymouth boasts one of the Best New Year’s Eve celebrations in the world, with thousands of people in fancy dress partying throughout the town and along the harbourside. It’s a fabulous way to welcome in 2018!
Free parking after 3pm throughout December in car parks managed by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council & it’s free all day on Small Business Saturday on 2 December.
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The novelty of celebrating Christmas at the seaside still hasn’t worn off, even after living here for eight years. There are some great independent shops in and around Weymouth, often tucked away on back streets, which offer a treasure trove of unusual gift ideas. So Christmas shopping is a breeze.
I love a great tune with great words so I enjoy the carol services around town, and on Christmas Day I’ll be at the Weymouth Family Church, the new owners of Bethany Hall on School Street. On my way to the Christmas Day service I’ll probably stop to watch some of the brave harbour swimmers…now that’s an exuberant Weymouth tradition!
Click here to see our full Dorset Christmas guide.