lights at a christmas market

Magical Christmas Markets in Dorset

Posted on: 8th November 2023

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Christmas markets by the sea

Bournemouth Christmas Market

16th November 2023 – 1 January 2024

Soak up the festive atmosphere this year at Bournemouth Christmas Market.

Situated in the city centre, throughout November, December and early January, this annual event will keep the whole family entertained. Enjoy a mulled wine in the alpine lodge bar whilst socialising with friends or try something a little more adventurous at the open-air real ice rink.

To get in the Christmas spirit, visit the Christmas Tree Wonderland – where over 100 trees will be glittering as they lead you from the market towards the Bournemouth seafront. This is has long been established as one of best Christmas Markets in Dorset.

Bournemouth Christmas Market

Swanage Christmas Market

2nd December 2023

One of the highlights in Swanage’s calendar is the Swanage Christmas Market. Dorset traders line the streets around Station Road so pop along to pick up Christmas gifts and seasonal food and drink.
For younger visitors, there’s a merry-go-round and the opportunity to meet Father Christmas. Added to this, there will be a small stage with festive entertainment.

Swanage Christmas Market

Dorset Christmas Markets with local artisans

A Dorset Christmas, The Tank Museum

18th – 19th November 2023
In partnership with Dorset Team – Dorset-based designer-makers and sellers on Etsy, see the Tank Museum transform with stalls selling high quality, local products. Grab some Christmas gifts and check out the live entertainment.

Younger visitors will love the “Frank on a tank” elf trail and can also witness Santa arriving at the museum on a tank!

Blandford Yuletide Festival, Blandford Forum

1st December 2023

Held in the heart of the Georgian town of Blandford Forum, a short drive from South Lytchett Manor, the Blandford Yuletide Festival is set to return on 1st December.

Featuring a festive market, a lantern parade plus the opportunity to meet Father Christmas himself, this is a great event for all the family.

Blandford Yuletime Festival

Christmas on our doorstep

Festive Thursdays, the Courtyard Centre

Various dates November and December 2023

Just a short stroll from our award-winning campsite, The Courtyard Centre will be hosting several Festive Thursday events in the lead up to Christmas. Browse the shops of the Courtyard Centre and enjoy carol singing, mince pies and a truly festive atmosphere.

South Lytchett Manor the Courtyard Centre

Stay in Dorset this Christmas

This is just a taster of what’s going on in Dorset this Christmas. Take a look at our events listings to get more of a feel for what’s happening, including illuminated trails, Christmas grottos and lots more.

Enjoy a Christmas break in Poole by staying at South Lytchett Manor. With a bus stop right outside our gates, you can save the hassle of parking and can travel right into the heart of Poole, Swanage and other Dorset towns.

Our Dorset holiday park is open right through until 2nd January 2024 so if you are looking for an escape with your motorhome or caravan or fancy staying in one of our shepherd huts, glamping pods or Romany Caravans, get in touch by calling 01202 622577 or by booking online.

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