Bournemouth officially started its countdown to Christmas 2016 on Friday 18th November when some very special guests switch on the town’s Christmas lights to kick-start six weeks of festive fun.
Pier Approach hosted a packed programme of entertainment leading up to the big switch-on!
- 6:00pm – SBLAS Performing Arts School
- 6:30pm – Event start time
- 6:45pm – Max Stone (2015 X-Factor Finalist)
- 7:15pm – Mayor announces the Light Show
- 7:20pm – Beach fireworks display
Far from some of the country’s more traditional seaside towns, which batten down their doors and close for business over winter, Bournemouth transforms into a veritable winter wonderland, with dazzling light installations lacing through the lower gardens, an outdoor ice rink and bustling pop-up Alpine mulled wine bar.
The Christmas market snaking its way through the heart of the Square up Commercial Road and Old Christchurch Road bring an air of enchantment and bags of unique Christmas present ideas. Inspired by the traditional German markets, Bournemouth is awash with scores of pretty chalets and bars tempting weary shoppers away from the high streets with delicious festive food and pretty traditional gifts from all over Europe.
All the way until New Year’s Eve, come and celebrate the best holiday of the year in Bournemouth. Whether you’re here on your lunch hour or a weekend away, you’ll find lots to do in the festival and the town to keep yourself and your family in the Christmas spirit.
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— Bournemouth.com (@bournemouth_com) October 30, 2016