24 Christmas Markets in Dorset for 2021

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Dorset Christmas Markets

‘Tis the season… for mulled wine, festive treats, and shopping for unique artisan gifts! The season for Christmas Markets – and there are plenty popping up across Dorset this year!

A Christmas market is always a great way to get yourself into the festive spirit…

Sip a steaming mug of mulled wine as you browse for unique gifts handmade by local artists and makers. And get ready for your Christmas parties by picking up some tasty locally made foodie treats! You can even stock up the drinks cupboard with Dorset-made beers, ciders, spirits, and wines.

I’ve divided this post into two sections. First up is a list of all the long term Dorset Christmas Markets which will be running throughout the festive season. The second section is a list of one-off events: markets popping up for just one or two days, listed in order of when they’ll be happening.

If you know of any great Christmas Markets around Dorset that aren’t listed here, leave a comment at the end of this post or get in touch and I’ll add it in. Merry Christmas…

Map of all Dorset Christmas Markets

Map of Dorset Christmas Markets

Long Term Christmas Markets in Dorset

2021 Dates: 19th November – 2nd January 2022
Location: Town Square (for the Alpine Market) and the Lower Gardens
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Probably the biggest and best-known of the Dorset Christmas markets is the alpine Market in Bournemouth. Each year this takes over the Town Square as part of the huge Christmas Tree Wonderland event.

Christmas Tree Wonderland Bournemouth
Christmas Tree Wonderland

The Wonderland is a free trail of festive-themed illuminations throughout the Lower Gardens in the town centre. This year, the centrepiece will once again be the 60ft walk-through Bournemouth Wonderland Tree, situated in the centre of the Lower Gardens.

Amongst all these magical lights and decorations, there’s also a traditional Christmas market, the fantastic pop-up Alpine Lodge Bar, and an outdoor ice rink.

2021 Dates: 24th November – 22nd December
Times: Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10am – 4pm
Location: Bridport Arts Centre
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This festive season, Bridport Arts Centre will be hosting GIFTED a Christmas selling exhibition at the Allsop Gallery.

This curated exhibition will showcase contemporary craft and design from South West artists. Expect to find glass, wood, paper, textiles, prints, photography, ceramics, furniture and jewellery plus Christmas gifts, decorations and cards.

One-Off / Short Term Dorset Christmas Markets

2021 Dates: 6th-7th November
Location: Kingston Maurward House, Dorchester
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The 36th Christmas Craft and Food Fair at Kingston Maurward House, with almost 100 stands selling beautiful crafts and delicious food produce.

2021 Dates: 13th – 14th November
Location: Longthorns Farm, Wareham
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 A two-day Christmas Market full of local small businesses selling amazing presents, decorations and more! Wareham town band will also be performing Saturday afternoon, with a choir on Sunday.

2021 Dates: 20th – 21st November
Location: Upton Country Park, Poole
Price: £2 an adult, under 16s free
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The beautiful estate of Upton Country Park are hosting numerous Christmas events this year.

These include Santa’s Woodland Grotto for the chance to meet the big man himself (10th-12th and 18th-24th December), Wreath Making Workshops on 28th and 30th November, and a Festive Arts and Crafts Fair within Upton House. The perfect place to pick up some unique and locally made gifts!

2021 Dates: 27th November
Location: Martin’s Bar & Restaurant, Highlands End Holiday Park, Bridport
Price: £1 for adults
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The annual Maker’s Market held at Highlands End, near Bridport, is back, with all proceeds going to Julia’s House. There will be over 35 stalls of homemade crafts, art, jewellery and seasonal treats – as well as lots of great food and drink.

2021 Dates: 27 November
Location: Italian Villa, Compton Acres, Poole
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A festive fair, full of unique and beautiful handmade gifts at the beautiful Italian Villa, Compton Acres in Poole. A host of talented local suppliers selling a variety of wonderful Christmas gifts.

2021 Dates: 27th November
Location: Digby Hall, Sherborne
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With over 50 stalls you are sure to find some amazing Christmas gifts for your loved ones. Santa will be visiting throughout the day, and there’s also a seasonal cafe serving light bites and hot drinks.

2021 Dates: 28th November 2021
Time: 11-4pm
Location: Littledown Centre, Chaseside, Bournemouth BH7 7DX
Tickets: £1 for adults, £0.50 for children (5 – 15)
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The annual market event at the Littledown Centre in Bournemouth is one of Dorset’s largest indoor Christmas markets.

There will be a wide range of stalls selling Christmas gifts including handmade artisan gifts made by talented crafters.

2021 Dates: 28th November
Location: Mapperton House, Beaminster 
Tickets: £5 per person including FREE garden entry
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Enjoy the magic of Mapperton Estate at Christmas with lots of fantastic stalls focusing on local products and delicious food and drink. You can also explore the Mapperton Gardens in winter!

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2021 Dates: 3rd December
Location: Leweston School, Sherborne
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Come along for some festive shopping at Leweston School. Showcasing a wide variety of stalls, highlighting local produce, suppliers and craftspeople who will be selling art, clothing, homeware, gifts, toys, sweets, alcohol and much more…

2021 Dates: 4th December
Time: 10am– 5pm
Location: Falkland Square, Poole, BH15 1ER
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Head down to Falkland Square – outside the Dolphin Centre in Poole – for the Christmas edition of the Marvellous Market this December! Market stalls, entertainment, live music, a shop window trail, free Christmassy eco arts & crafts with Outside In, and more…

2021 Dates: 4th December
Location: Station Road and Commercial Road in Swanage
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The Swanage Christmas Market will once again be taking place this December. There will be a wide variety of gifts, crafts, food and drink available – and Father Christmas will also be in town!

2021 Dates: 4th December
Location: Long Street, Cerne Abbas
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Long Street is transformed into a picturesque seasonal scene with a wonderful array of stalls selling locally produced foods, Christmas gifts and crafts and hot food and drink.

2021 Dates: 4th December
Location: Buttermarket, Poundbury, ​DT1 3DS
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This small independent Christmas market in Poundbury always falls on Small Business Saturday, the first Saturday in December. Full of local independent businesses from across Dorset.

2021 Dates: 4th December
Location: Nothe Fort, Weymouth
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Join the Ministry of Steampunk for Steampunk-themed festivities at the Nothe Fort, including a number of exhibits, a steampunk market, fort tours and carolling.

2021 Dates: 4th – 5th December
Location: Symondsbury Estate Bridport, DT6 6HG
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Symondsbury Estate Christmas Market is back and even better than before! So much so, they’ve now made it a two-day event. They’ll be welcoming back their regular stallholders, as well as introducing an array of exciting new businesses.

2021 Dates: 4th-5th December
Location:  RSPB Arne, near Wareham
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Head to RSPB Arne for a fantastic Christmas Fair in the shop and cafe garden. There will be a wide range of local stallholders selling lovely gifts and delicious mulled cider. And on Sunday 5th, they’ll also have beautifully wonky sustainable Christmas trees for sale. 

2021 Dates: 5th December
Time: Promenade leaves at 11am
Location: Market at Alexandra Gardens
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Join in with the Ministry of Steampunk and promenade from the Jubilee Clock, through Weymouth town centre, before finishing at Alexandra Gardens, where there’ll be a Steampunk market. 

2021 Dates: 4th-5th December
Location: Athelhampton House, Puddletown
Tickets: £5 per person. Under 12’s free.
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Join Dorset Food & Drink at Athelhampton House for this popular Christmas Market. With 40+ stalls around the gardens selling locally made products, delicious food and drink, crafts, and hot food, there’s something for everyone.

2021 Dates: 10th December
Location: Community Learning and Resource Centre, Wimborne, BH21 1EA
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This Christmas sees a trial run of the brand new makers market from Make it Dorset,  a community enterprise project set up to help and promote Dorset artisan makers. Check the poster below for details:

2021 Dates: 11th-12th December
Location: Allendale Centre, Wimborne
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The hugely popular craft fair Handmade Wimborne settles in for two full days at the Allendale Centre, for a weekend of Christmas shopping with the hugely talented Handmade Wimborne sellers. Expect a wide array of local designers, artisans and crafters.

2021 Dates: 11th – 12th December
Location: Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, Dorchester
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Head to the Shire Hall in Dorchester for the annual Christmas Markets. Free to enter, the market will host over 30 businesses, selling everything from food and drink to jewellery and photography.

2021 Dates: 12th December
Location: High Street, Dorchester
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An all-day Christmas celebration in the Dorset county town, with a Christmas Market on Dorchester High Street and a craft fair in the Corn Exchange.

2021 Dates: 19th December
Location: High Street, Shaftesbury
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Last up comes the famous Shaftesbury Christmas Fair, celebrating all that is best about Christmas on the “High Point of Dorset”. Shaftesbury is one of the prettiest villages in Dorset, and makes an idyllic winter setting for a Christmas market!

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If I’ve missed any fab Dorset Christmas markets from this list, please leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to add it. Have a great Christmas everyone!

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