Bournemouth at Christmas: ice rink, market, German Bar, parades

It’s that time of year – already! Bournemouth at Christmas is something very special indeed and it’s time to make plans, meet with friends and get festive. Festive festivities start in earnest on Thursday when the Christmas market opens in the Square, including the infamous German Bar. It’s bound to be busy but a glass of gluhwein, especially after a hard day’s shopping, is bound to get you in the Christmas mood.

The market itself is ideal for hunting down unusual Christmas gifts from local traders. What’s more, the shops are open until 8pm every Thursday (from 1st December) to give you a little extra time to shop after work. The market will also feature live music and carol singers – we need to get some DJs involved, perhaps they could fit some CDJs into Santa’s Grotto when it opens on December 6.

The outdoor ice rink is another Bournemouth highlight and that opens this year on November 16 (Saturday). New this year is the Gardens Of Light, also launched on Saturday November 16, with the Lower Gardens transformed with innovative, interactive and fun lighting installations. There will be light pods, river reeds lighting up the Bourne Stream, tree lighting, digital projection mapping and much more.

Christmas parades take place on December 1 and December 12. The Aladdin pantomime starts December 7 and you can catch  A Christmas Carol at the Pavillion from November 28.

If you are not fortunate to live in Bournemouth, the hotels have some brilliant special offers so you can come for the weekend and make the most of it. Check out this website for rooms from just £38.50pp:



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