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what’s on this Christmas in Dorset

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October 31, 2023 · 10 MIN READ

Have some festive fun this year in Dorset.

Whether you are from the area or you are planning a staycation in Dorset this winter this blog will be useful for you. The list is endless when it comes to things to do during the festive season in Dorset, so to make things a little bit easier for you, we have done the hard work and put together this list of different things that are on this Christmas in Dorset. Have a read and see which take your fancy.

Christmas events

in Dorset for 2023

Meet Farmer Christmas at Farmer Palmer’s

where? Farmer Palmers Farm Park Ltd, Wareham Road, Organford, Poole, Dorset, BH16 6EU

when? 9th December – 23rd December 2023

time? 9.30am – 3pm

how much? tickets £17.50

other info:

  • 9th, 10th, 16th – 23rd December 2023
  • enjoy a day out at the farm park and meet Farmer Christmas
  • receive a gift from the elves at Ye Olde Toy Shoppe

Illuminate at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

where? Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Abbotsbury, Waymouth, Dorset, DT3 4LA

when? 24th November – 31st December 2023

time? 4.30pm – 8pm

how much? adults £13.50, children £8

other info:

  • explore the gardens as they have been transformed for the winter trail
  • discover rare plants and trees as the are lit up in colours
  • gift shop, plant centre and tea house open to visit

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Christmas Lights and Reindeer Experience at Nutley Farm

where? Nutley Farm, Winfrith Heath, Dorchester, DT2 8DT

when? 24th November – 31st December 2023

time? 3pm – 8pm

how much? adults from £11, children from £6

other info:

  • enjoy all the incredible lights around the farm
  • meet the friendly reindeer
  • 600m illuminated walkway, glittering archways and more

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The Polar Express at Swanage Railway

where? Swanage Railway Station, Railway Station Approach, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 1HB

when? 17th November – 30th December 2023

time? 11am – 8pm

how much? tickets from £44.24

other info:

  • an hour long train journey to enjoy
  • characters from the book and film will be on board
  • plenty of singing, dancing and interaction to enjoy

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Once Upon a Time…Christmas in the Courtyard

where? Kingston Lacy, Wimborne, BH21 4EA

when? 24th November – 31st December 2023

time? 9.30am – 5pm

how much? adults from £18, children from £9, family from £45, 1 adult 2 children from £27

other info:

  • once you’ve explored the grounds enjoy festive fun in the courtyard
  • performances from local choirs and music groups
  • the Stables Café will be open serving festive treats

Poole Christmas Maritime Light Trail

where? Falkland Square, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1ER

when? 25th November 2023 – 2nd January 2024

time? 12pm – 9pm

how much? Free

other info:

  • explore the Christmas trail around Poole
  • light installations, funfair rides, Christmas markets and more
  • trail goes from Falkland Square through the High Street and onto Poole Quay

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