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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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,
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,
Father Christmas sits next to a fire.
23 November -
24 December

Santa’s Grotto

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,

December 2018

Hot Rocks Christmas Event
01 December -
24 December

Hot Rocks Advent Calendar

Hot Rocks, Pier Approach
Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 5AA United Kingdom
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 Winter Fairy character with crystal ball and wings.
13 December

Winter Fairy

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
13 December

Aphrodites Duo

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,
14 December

White Fairy & Elf

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
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,
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,
15 December

Fire Show

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
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,
An illustrated Christmas Tree and animals to advertise the Night Tree event.
19 December -
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,
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,
20 December

Salvation Army Band

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
21 December

White Fairy & Elf

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,
21 December

Funky Little Choir Company

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
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,
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,
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,
27 December

Make & Take workshop

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
27 December

White Fairy & Elf

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
27 December

Elves on Stilts

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
27 December

Fire Show

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
27 December

Aphrodites Duo

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
28 December

Make & Take workshop

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth BH1 2AQ,
28 December

White Fairy & Elf

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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