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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Rotary’s Renowned Santa’s Grotto

1 December - 22 December
Father Christmas studies air mail letters next to a lantern.

The Boscombe Grotto, located in the Sovereign Shopping Centre, features an exciting walk-through fantasy cavern where children can see animatronic Christmas characters and animals, before being taken through by the elves to receive a gift from Santa himself.

  • Saturday 1st December – 10.10am* to 12pm (Group), 12pm to 5pm (open to all)
  • Sunday 2nd December – 11am to 3pm
  • Saturday 8th December – 10am to 6pm
  • Sunday 9th December – 11am to 3pm
  • Saturday 15th December – 10am to 5pm
  • Sunday 16th December – 11am to 3pm
  • Monday 17th December – 10am to 5pm
  • Tuesday 18th December – 10am to 5pm
  • Wednesday 19th December – 10am to 5pm
  • Thursday 20th December – 10am to 5pm
  • Friday 21st December – 10am to 5pm
  • Saturday 22nd December – 10am to 5pm
  • Sunday 23rd December – 11am to 3pm
  • Monday 24th December – 10am to 12.30pm

*After opening parade and official opening

Start: 1 December
End: 22 December
Event CategoryBoscombe
Venue Name: Sovereign Shopping Centre, 600 Christchurch Road, Boscombe BH1 4SX