Christmas in Bournemouth: what’s on

Only got one day to spend in Bournemouth over the Christmas holidays? Don’t worry, thanks to Make It Bournemouth, we have the perfect itinerary for you.

christmas3From 10am, skate on real ice under the trees at the outdoor ice rink in the Lower Gardens, against the picturesque backdrop of après-skate chalets. Not into skating? You can watch the family have fun while warming yourself with mulled wine and nibbles from the new rink-side bars.

From 3pm, jump on the new hop-on hop-off Santa Express land train. Starting and ending in the Lower Gardens, the train costs just £1 per person per day and takes a route around the town centre with stops at Westover Road, Old Christchurch Road, the Town Square and the Triangle. You can see the best of Bournemouth centre in one day, for one pound.

From 4pm, head to Bournemouth’s popular Gardens of Light. With some brand new installations alongside a trail of light projections and a selection of the famous Light Pods, the Gardens of Light are completely free to explore and the creation of the award-winning team at Michael Grubb Studio.

And of course, do your Christmas shopping and head to the Moose Bar for a warm cider or mulled wine.

Don’t forget Bournemouth’s infamous festive landtrain runs all the way up Poole Hill so you can hop on, hop off, grab those last-minute stocking fillers then rest your weary legs at Canvas for a few hours… before hitting the dancefloor.

The Outdoor Ice Rink and Christmas Market will be open on Christmas Eve (and beyond) so maybe that’s a good place to start – and Canvas is a great place to finish. It’s a fab cocktail bar on Poole Hill, on the landtrain trail. Christmas jumpers are optional but festive cheer is compulsory!

Here is a rough timeline of what opens when…

Outdoor Ice Rink opens

November 16, 2016January 3, 2017
Bournemouth Gardens Ice Rink, Lower Gardens

Gardens of Light Festival

November 17, 2016January 3, 2017
Bournemouth Lower Gardens

christmas2Christmas Market opens

November 17December 31
Bournemouth Square

Lantern Parade

December 8 
Falkland Square, Poole

Christmas Festive Lighting at Corfe Castle

December 10, 2016January 1, 2017
Corfe Castle National Trust, The Square, Corfe Castle 

Late Night Christmas Shopping at The Dolphin Centre

December 8 6:00 pm9:00 pm
Dolphin Shopping Centre, 110 Dolphin Centre



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