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.

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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November 2018

10 November -
02 January

Upside Down House

The Triangle, Bournemouth,
Large illuminated SKATE letters at an outdoor skating rink.
15 November -
06 January

Skate Outdoors

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
Multi-coloured golf balls
16 November -
06 January

Mini Golf

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
Picnic on the Piste
16 November -
06 January

Picnic on the Piste

Picnic Park Deli, Westover Road
Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 2BY United Kingdom
The Bournemouth Christmas Market at Night
16 November -
02 January

Alpine Market

Bournemouth Square,
Bournemouth Big Wheel
16 November -
06 January

Ride on the Big Wheel

Pier Approach, Bournemouth Seafront BH2 5AA,
People enjoy the Alpine Bar in Bournemouth Square.
16 November -
02 January

Alpine Lodge Bar

Bournemouth Square,
A mock up of large illuminated Christmas Trees in Bournemouth's Lower Gardens.
16 November -
02 January

Christmas Tree Wonderland Light & Audio Shows

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
An illuminated Big Wheel ride at Bournemouth's Pier Approach.
16 November

Grand Opening of Christmas Tree Wonderland

Pier Approach, Bournemouth Seafront BH2 5AA,
Children post a letter to Santa in a post box next to a Christmas tree.
17 November

Santa’s Letterbox

Southbourne Community Green, Southbourne Grove BH6 3QY,
An illustrated Christmas Tree and animals to advertise the Night Tree event.
19 November -
24 December

Night Tree by Second Hand Dance in association with Pavilion Dance South West

Lower Gardens, Pavilion South West Dance, Westover Road, Bournemouth BH1 2BU,
Father Christmas sits next to a fire.
23 November -
24 December

Santa’s Grotto

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
Children smile amongst Christmas tinsel.
24 November -
02 December

Christmas Tree Festival

Immanuel Church, 120 Southbourne Road, Southbourne BH6 3QJ,
A street at night with an illuminated Christmas Tree.
24 November

Southbourne’s Christmas Lights Switch On

Southbourne Community Green, Southbourne Grove BH6 3QY,
A carol singers book of sheet music.
30 November

Carols by Candlelight with Snow

Westbourne Arcade, Poole Road, Westbourne BH4 9AY,

December 2018

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

Rotary’s Renowned Santa’s Grotto

Sovereign Shopping Centre, 600 Christchurch Road, Boscombe BH1 4SX,
Boscombe High Street at night illuminated by Christmas lights.
01 December -
20 December
Boscombe High Street at night illuminated by Christmas lights.
01 December

Boscombe Christmas Parade

Boscombe Pier, Sea Road, Boscombe BH5 1BN,
A street at night with an illuminated Christmas Tree.
01 December

Southbourne Christmas on the Green

Southbourne Community Green, Southbourne Grove BH6 3QY,
01 December -
02 December

Coca Cola Christmas Truck Tour 2018

Pier Approach, Bournemouth Seafront BH2 5AA,
Father Christmas takes a mince pie next to a roaring fire.
01 December

Santa’s Grotto in Westbourne Arcade

Westbourne Arcade, Poole Road, Westbourne BH4 9AY,
A carol singers book of sheet music.
02 December

Brass Christmas Carol Service

Immanuel Church, 120 Southbourne Road, Southbourne BH6 3QJ,
A nighttime scene of Westbourne Arcade.
07 December

A Very Victorian Westbourne

Westbourne Arcade, Poole Road, Westbourne BH4 9AY,
An illuminated Big Wheel ride at Bournemouth's Pier Approach.
07 December

Big Wheel Light & Pyro Show

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
Father Christmas in front of the fireplace at the Russell-Cotes
08 December -
09 December

Father Christmas at The Russell-Cotes

Russell Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, East Cliff Promenade
Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3AA United Kingdom
£4.50
A promotional poster for the Sleeping Beauty pantomime in Bournemouth.
08 December -
06 January

Sleeping Beauty – Pantomime

Lower Gardens, Pavilion Theatre, Westover Road, Bournemouth BH1 2BU,
A nighttime scene of Westbourne Arcade.
08 December

Magic Victorian Westbourne

Westbourne Arcade, Poole Road, Westbourne BH4 9AY,
A Winter Fairy character with crystal ball and wings.
13 December

Winter Fairy

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
The indoor skating rink at the Bournemouth International Centre.
14 December -
23 February

Indoor Ice Rink

Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, Bournemouth BH2 5BH,
Two ladies dressed as roller skating Christmas puddings on Bournemouth sea front.
14 December

Roller Skating Puds

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
An illuminated Big Wheel ride at Bournemouth's Pier Approach.
14 December

Big Wheel Light & Pyro Show

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
A nativity scene at the Alpine Christmas Market Bournemouth.
15 December

Nativity Parade

From the Bandstand to the Green,
A nighttime scene of Westbourne Arcade.
15 December

A Very Victorian Westbourne

Westbourne Arcade, Poole Road, Westbourne BH4 9AY,
Theo Polar Bear and his Arctic companion
15 December

Theo-Polar Bear

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
The Glitterbelles Duo in sparkly gold costumes
15 December

Glitter Belles Duo

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
Mayor's Christmas Concert Bournemouth
15 December

The Mayor’s Christmas Concert – It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas

St Peter’s Church, Hinton Road
Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 2EE United Kingdom
An illuminated Big Wheel ride at Bournemouth's Pier Approach.
15 December

Big Wheel Light & Pyro Show

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
Theo Polar Bear and his Arctic companion
16 December

Theo-Polar Bear

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
Face Painting
16 December

Face Painting

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
The Christmas Belles act.
20 December

Christmas Belles Duo

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
Winter Rose puppet
20 December

Winter Rose

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
Two ladies dressed as roller skating Christmas puddings on Bournemouth sea front.
21 December

Roller Skating Puds

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
An illuminated Big Wheel ride at Bournemouth's Pier Approach.
21 December

Big Wheel Light & Pyro Show

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
Funky Little Chior
21 December

Funky Little Choir Company

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
A nighttime scene of Westbourne Arcade.
22 December

Grand Victorian Finale

Westbourne Arcade, Poole Road, Westbourne BH4 9AY,
A Winter Fairy character with crystal ball and wings.
22 December

Winter Fairy

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
The Snow Lion and the Red Queen
22 December

The Snow Lion & Red Queen

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
A nativity scene at the Alpine Christmas Market Bournemouth.
22 December

Live Nativity Service, Immanuel Church

Immanuel Church, 120 Southbourne Road, Southbourne BH6 3QJ,
Face Painting
22 December

Face Painting

Beale Place, Beale Place
Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 2AD United Kingdom
An illuminated Big Wheel ride at Bournemouth's Pier Approach.
22 December

Big Wheel Light & Pyro Show

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
The Snowman and the Snowdog
23 December

The Snowman™ and The Snowdog

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
A lady dressed as a snow queen site in a giant snow globe whilst two children laugh.
23 December

Snow Globe

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
A mother and children look at an illuminated Christmas Tree.
24 December

Live Nativity Service

Immanuel Church, 120 Southbourne Road, Southbourne BH6 3QJ,
Two men wear inflatable snowman outfits in a busy shopping street at night.
24 December

Bouncing Snowmen

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
Two ladies dressed as roller skating Christmas puddings on Bournemouth sea front.
24 December

Roller Skating Puds

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
Face Painting
24 December

Face Painting

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
27 December

Make & Take workshop

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
27 December

Elves on Stilts

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
Face Painting
28 December

Face Painting

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
An illuminated Big Wheel ride at Bournemouth's Pier Approach.
28 December

Big Wheel Light & Pyro Show

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
Two ladies dressed as roller skating Christmas puddings on Bournemouth sea front.
29 December

Roller Skating Puds

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
Two men wear inflatable snowman outfits in a busy shopping street at night.
30 December

Bouncing Snowmen

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
A lady dressed as a snow queen site in a giant snow globe whilst two children laugh.
30 December

Snow Globe

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
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