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22 Christmas Markets in Dorset for 2022

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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…

Update Dec 2022: This post has now been updated with all the 2022 event dates and details.

Map of all Dorset Christmas Markets

Map of Dorset Christmas Markets

Long-Term Christmas Markets in Dorset

2022 Dates: 18th November – 2nd January 2023
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.

2022 Dates: 19th November – 2nd January 2023
Location: Poole Quay, High Street and Falkland Square
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New for 2022, the Poole Christmas Maritime Light Festival will be taking over the town centre with festive fun – including a fab Christmas Market, plus rides, food, and a flotilla of lights.

“Be prepared to be dazzled as thousands of twinkling lights take you on a nautical journey that starts at the gateways to Poole; the Twin Sails Bridge, Hunger Hill and The Lighthouse.”

One-Off / Short-Term Dorset Christmas Markets

2022 Dates: 5th-6th November 2022
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.

2022 Dates: 12th-13th November
Location: Longthorns Farm, Wareham
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 A free two-day Christmas Market full of local small businesses selling amazing presents, decorations and more! Wareham town band and a local choir will also be performing, and the farm’s Alpacas will be present for a ‘meet and greet’!

2022 Dates: 19th 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.

2022 Dates: 19th-20th November
Location: Upton Country Park, Poole
Price: £3 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 a Christmas Woodland Adventure (17th December – 1st January, except Christmas and Boxing Day), Wreath Making Workshops on 3rd and 4th December, and a Festive Arts and Crafts Fair within Upton House. The perfect place to pick up some unique and locally made gifts!

2022 Dates: 26th 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 will be exhibiting across the floors of this distinctive building, selling a variety of wonderful Christmas gifts.

2022 Dates: 26th-27th 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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2022 Dates: 26th-27th November
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.

2022 Dates: 26th-27th November
Location: Athelhampton House, Puddletown
Tickets: £5 (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.

2022 Dates: 27th November
Location: Riversmeet Leisure Centre, Gillingham
Price: Free
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Over in North Dorset, Gillingham Crafts are hosting a fab Christmas market at Riversmeet Leisure Centre. There’ll be over 70 stalls, all handmade, offering a mixture of food and craft. They’ll also have choirs, a children’s play area, and Father Christmas! Keep an eye on the Facebook Page for more info!

2022 Dates: 27th November
Time: 11am-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.

It’s great for gift inspiration! Browse and shop with a cup of mulled wine in hand – or just enjoy the festive fun and atmosphere.

“There is a wide range of stalls selling Christmas gifts including handmade artisan gifts made by talented crafters, jewellery, fused glass, local preserves, chutneys, award-winning fudge, seasonal cakes, chestnuts, cheeses and much more.

“As well as Christmas decorations, Christmas cards, wrapping paper, wreaths, artisan food and hampers. Plus art from local artists and photographers.”

2022 Dates: 2nd December
Location: Leweston Manor House, Sherborne
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Come along for some festive shopping at Leweston Manor House. 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…

2022 Dates: 3rd December
Location: Station Road, 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 – as well as rides and performances throughout the day. Oh, and Father Christmas will also be in town!

2022 Dates: 3rd 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.

2022 Dates: 3rd 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. In 2022, the market has been sponsored by Zero C / Places for People.

2022 Dates: 3rd December
Location: Nothe Fort, Weymouth
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Join the Ministry of Steampunk for another year of Steampunk-themed festivities at the Nothe Fort, including a number of exhibits, a steampunk market, fort tours and carolling.

2022 Dates: 2nd-3rd December
Location: Symondsbury Estate Bridport, DT6 6HG
Tickets: Free (parking £3)

Symondsbury Estate Christmas Market is back and even better than before! So much so, they’ve now made it a two-day event – extending into the evening on Friday. 

“We have a wide range of local businesses selling handcrafted food, drink and gifts, together with our independent shops, offering luxury giftware, festive decorations, homeware and artisan food and drink.”

2022 Dates: 4th December
Location: Cheap Street, Sherborne
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This fun festive market takes over the main shopping centre in Sherbourne. Cheap Street is closed to traffic for a farmer’s market – where you’ll also have the chance to see Santa in his grotto, and browse Sherborne’s great range of independent shops.

2022 Dates: 10th-11th 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.

2022 Dates: 11th December
Location: High Street, Dorchester and inside the Corn Exchange
Time: 11am-4pm
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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.

2022 Dates: 18th 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!

Later that evening, Shaftesbury Arts Centre are hosting The Spoonfeds’ Christmas Pudding – a night of acapella Christmas songs, with sing-alongs and community carols. Tickets are free but must be pre-booked.

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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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2 thoughts on “22 Christmas Markets in Dorset for 2022”

  1. Hello – I’m Rose from the Workhouse Chapel in Sturminster Newton – http://www.workhousechapel.co.uk
    We run a totally fabulous Christmas event each year, showcasing brilliant quality handmade work from about 70 makers and artists from Dorset and neighbouring counties – A 2 month Slice of Christmas Shopping Heaven! Handmade for Christmas runs 9.30 – 4.30 daily from 28 October until New Years Eve (closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day . If you would like to receive one of our great little brochures to give you a better idea of what we’re about, I’d be very happy to pop one in the post for you.
    With all very best wishes

    Rose Hatcher – The Workhouse Chapel

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