The 2017 Bournemouth Christmas market brings a whole new concept to the Square. While previous years the town has hosted a prosperous and festive German-style market, local events company Seventa have taken on the project this season bringing a mix of wintry Alpine festivities and a commitment to local gifts, trades and wares. If you’re a business interested in getting involved you can contact Seventa direct at traders@
The lights were switched on in town on Friday 24 November (coincidentally Black Friday) with the town’s Triangle district taking centre stage for the festivities for the first time. This vibrant part of town was ringing with fun family activities, a live music stage and a visit from the Coca-Cola truck before the grand switch-on, the centrepiece of which was a giant illuminated teddy bear!
Bournemouth Square itself is beautifully lit with pretty fairy lights twinkling the way between the town’s two main shopping high streets. The Alpine Lodge cuts quite a presence, occupying two storeys and serving winter warmers to passers by and group bookings of festive revellers. New for 2017 you’ll find a Santa’s grotto (open for a whole month from 24 November to Christmas Eve), now quite a rare feature in the town and promising a magical atmosphere with a festive walk, photo, gift and a few precious minutes with the big man in red!
Bournemouth was the first to deck its halls for Christmas 2017 but all neighbourhoods are now brightly decorated and full of festive spirit as we count down to the big day itself. You’ll find a Victorian Christmas atmosphere in Westbourne, a neighbourhood feel to Southbourne’s festive efforts with its popular Santa postbox on the village green, Castlepoint’s striking white light installations and all the tinsel and trimmings from Christchurch, to Boscombe, to Poole.
Countdown to Christmas 2017
- 16 Nov – 2 Jan – Skate Bournemouth in the Lower Gardens
- 17 Nov – 4 Jan – Christmas in the Square (Bournemouth)
- 23 – 24 Nov – Coca-Cola Truck comes to the Triangle
- 24 Nov – 24 Dec – Santa’s Grotto at Bournemouth Alpine Market
- 25 Nov – Southbourne Christmas lights switch-on
- 25 Nov – 1 Jan – Boscombe’s traditional Christmas market
- 26 Nov – 17 Dec – Free parking at selected town centre car parks each Sunday
- 7 – 21 Dec – Late-night shopping every Thursday
- 1 – 24 Dec – Westbourne Victorian Christmas
- 2 Dec – Boscombe’s Christmas parade
- 2 – 23 Dec – Christmas in Boscombe with Rotary Santa’s Grotto
- 2 Dec – 1 Jan – Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime at the Pavilion Theatre
- 8 Dec – 6 Jan – Cinderella pantomime at the Lighthouse, Poole
- 9 Dec – Runton “Christmas” Road lights switch-on
- 9 Dec – Amazing Elves at Fisherman’s Walk
- 15 Dec – 17 Feb – Cool Coast ice rink at the Bournemouth International Centre
- 15 Dec – 1 Jan – Aladdin at the Tivoli theatre (Wimborne)
- 23 Dec – Southbourne nativity parade
- 25 Dec – Macmillan White Christmas Dip
Bournemouth Christmas Market 2016
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