Christmas is a magical time to visit Dorset and enjoy all the festive fun on offer at this wonderful time of year.
Whether you’re visiting with family, friends or that special someone, Dorset will certainly leave you full of Christmas cheer!
We look forward to seeing you soon, happy holidays everyone!
Find the perfect place to spend Christmas in Dorset
What could be more festive than spending Christmas with the whole family at a country cottage, opening presents round the cosy logburner and enjoying a sumptuous Christmas feast together round the farmhouse table?
Or maybe you’d just like to leave all the hard work to someone else for a change and be wined, dined and truly treated at a Dorset hotel?
There really is nothing like spending a Christmas break away in the countryside – take a look at some of the fantastic packages out there that we can assure you will make Christmas 2016 one to remember for years to come!
- Click here to find out more about our Christmas Breaks.
Yuletide events to keep everyone entertained
One of the most exciting parts about Christmas is all the festive events we get to enjoy, and this year has to be one of the best yet!
Meet Santa on the Swanage Railway Santa Special, with entertainment in the carriages, mince pies and presents for the children.
You can also Sail with Santa on a kids' party cruise! Santa and his helper Dr Balloonman will give a 30 minute show, Christmas music will be playing and Santa will walk through the boat giving out gifts to children as a memento of their cruise.
If you’re after some real Cheer, Weymouth will be holding a BIG Christmas, with lots of events taking place in the run up to Christmas including a real ice rink.
And for some nostalgia, head to the Tank Museum for their Vintage Christmas Celebrations.
- Follow the link for even more merry events
Enjoy a Christmas feast with us!
It’ll be more than the geese getting fat this Christmas after you’ve seen what delights are on the menus at Dorset’s fantastic pubs and restaurants this season….
Celebrate the season of Noel by tucking in to some festive favourites - we can’t wait to tempt you with our sensational mulled cider, our tasty eggnog and spiced mince pies.
And where better than to enjoy your meal than a warm and inviting village inn, or perhaps a richly adorned hotel?
Dorset’s award winning restaurants are sure to be pulling out all the stops too and make the perfect venue for your Christmas Party, whether you’re looking for an intimate, independent venue or a large and lively place full of merriment!
- Book your Christmas Party now!
Shop 'til you drop
It’s that time of year again for seasonal shopping but there’s no need to dread the experience here in Dorset.
Dorset is blessed with quaint market and seaside towns that are full of independent boutiques and shops selling quality gifts, antiques, cookware, confectionary and more, making your shopping experience a real pleasure.
Add in twinkly lights, carol singers, lantern parades, Christmas tree festivals, mediaeval plays, ice skating and hot chestnuts, and you’ll see why shopping in Dorset this Christmas will be a truly magical time.
Of course, if you’re in need of even more retail therapy, then the more bustling shopping centres in Bournemouth and Poole can tend to your high street needs.
- Take a look at Dorset’s Christmas Shopping events here.
Oh yes it is! It’s panto time!
Ridiculous, noisy, funny and involving lots of audience participation - we all love a Christmas Panto!
It’s an integral part of everyone’s Christmas celebrations and this year, Dorset is spoiling you with a range of traditional classics from Snow White to Peter Pan, all showcasing a mix of your favourite panto celebrities and fabulous local talent.
Take the whole family along and enjoy a side-splitting, thigh-slapping evening out!
- Follow this link to see what Dorset pantomime is on near you.