Here’s our Top 10 of everything Christmassy, from Christmas Markets to wonderful Christmas Events. With one special extra for four legged family members.
The Great Reindeer Hunt
From: 17/11/2017 To: 04/01/2018
Venue: The Teddy Bear Museum
Help Edward Bear and family search for Santa’s Reindeer in Edward’s festively decorated house. You may win a bear!
Dorset Food & Drink Christmas Fair
On: 25th & 26th November
Venue: Athelhampton House – Free park & ride from the County Hall, Dorchester.
Locally produced food and drink from a range of your favourite Dorset producers! Start your Christmas shopping! ❄️ ?? Meet Santa on Sunday 26th, proceeds go to Weldmar Hospicecare.
Christmas Time in Brewery Square
On the 25th why not stay in Dorchester a bit later and hop on over to Christmas Time in Brewery Square?!
Venue: Brewery Square, Dorchester
Something for all your family to enjoy to kick off the festive season; from mulled wine to festive treats, displays, live music and activities, and skating rink.
Santa Specials: Swanage Railway
From: 02/12/2017 To: 24/12/2017 Booking Essential.
Venue: Swanage Railway
Enjoy a steam train ride and meet Father Christmas on board his special train. Tickets include a present for each child and seasonal refreshments for adults (we all know what that means).
Father Christmas visits Farmer Palmers
From: 02/12/2017 To: 03/12/2017
The title says it all. There’s an additional charge to see Santa on top of the entry fee, but you get 10% off entry if staying at Lancombe!
The Fairy Godmother’s Christmas Tree
Venue: Moors Valley Country Park
Booking essential. £5.00 per child. 3 to 8 years
The Old Fairy Godmother needs your help to decorate her tree for a special visitor. Come and help and she will weave some magic stories for you. Wrap up warm as this event takes place outdoors.
Dorchester Christmas Cracker
Venue: Dorchester Town Centre. FREE
Website: www.dorsetcountymuseum.org or follow on Facebook and Twitter
Starting off Christmas in the County town, including Christmas Light switch on. Your entry to the Dorset County Museum is also Free and back by popular demand is everyone’s favourite Science Fiction and Fantasy Movie and TV characters. Take your children to see Father Christmas in his Grotto, and you can enjoy Mulled Wine and Mince Pies.
Dorchester Christmas Market
Venue: The Corn Exchange, Dorchester
This runs from 11am until 4pm. You can enjoy Live Entertainment, Live Reindeers, Arts and Crafts with Cheeky Elves, Hot Refreshments, with over 50 Stands
Entry is just £1.00 for adults and Under 16’s Free
Chase the Pudding Santa Run
Venue: Weymouth Beach
Chase the Pudding 5k Run on Weymouth Beach. Classic Santa fun run, including Children’s and Adult Race.
Weymouth’s BIG Christmas
When: 4th – 31st December. See website for a list of festivities through December..
With a Real Ice Rink, a Real Christmas Tree, Real Reindeer, Markets, Entertainment and Pop Up Santa’s Grotto, you are bound to have fun!
PLUS ONE VERY IMPORTANT EXTRA………
Santa Paws for the Doggies at Groves Nursery
When: 12th & 13th December
Venue: Groves Nursery
Treat your four legged members of your family to some time with Santa. You only pay £2 admission in aid of Guide Dogs UK