What’s On

animation… light shows… and much more…

Kicking off with the grand opening of Bournemouth’s all-new Christmas Tree Wonderland on 16 November, you can look forward to more than six weeks of events in and around the town.

Full of magic, sparkle and wonder, the Christmas Tree Wonderland trail will come to life with regular light shows, animated characters and live music along the route.

For a quick overview of the entertainment schedules, click the links below:

Lower Gardens

Beale Place

Pier Approach, Seafont

As well as Santa’s Grotto, skating under the stars and an alpine market in the centre of the town, you’ll find switch-ons, parades and markets in our coastal villages. And the celebrations are themed with Westbourne’s Victorian Christmas, Boscombe’s continental flavour and Southbourne’s vintage vibe!

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without family friendly shows and live entertainment. From panto and performances specially designed for tiny tots in mind to church services and carol singing, you’ll be hard pushed not to join in the fun. Oh yes you will!

And don’t forget – our official transport provider, Yellow Buses can help you get around to experience everything the Christmas Tree Wonderland has to offer.

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Christmas Tree Festival

24 November - 2 December
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Children smile amongst Christmas tinsel.

Over 30 real Christmas trees, decorated by local businesses and residents, will transform Southbourne’s local church into a festive, glittering spectacle.

Open every night 4pm to 7pm between Saturday 24th November and 1st December for viewing and voting.

Sunday 2nd December 2.30pm Brass Band Carol service and the Mayor will judge the trees.

Start: 24 November
End: 2 December
Event CategorySouthbourne
Venue Name: Immanuel Church, 120 Southbourne Road, Southbourne BH6 3QJ