The festive season is upon us once again! And that means a whole host of Christmas markets and festive events in Bournemouth and the surrounding area.
Pick up unique gifts handmade by local artists and makers while you sip a steaming mug of mulled wine. Buy tasty locally made foodie treats for your Christmas parties – sampling everything as you go, of course! Even stock up the drinks cupboard with Dorset-made beers, ciders, spirits and wines.
A Christmas market is always a great way to get yourself in the spirit of the season!
And there are tons of great ones popping up across the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area. From the big one in the town centre to smaller one-off events for a more intimate feel.
Below, you’ll find a list of all the Christmas markets in and near Bournemouth, as well as some fun local Christmas events to add to your calendar. I’ll try to keep the list up to date and add in any new markets I find out about. If you know of one I’ve missed, leave a comment at the end of the post or get in touch and I’ll be sure to add it.
- Map of all Bournemouth Christmas Events
- 6 Christmas Markets in Bournemouth
- Other Christmas Events in Bournemouth
Map of all Bournemouth Christmas Events
6 Christmas Markets in Bournemouth
Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland and Alpine Market
2021 Dates: 19th November – 2nd January 2022
Location: Town Square (for the Alpine Market) and the Lower Gardens
The biggest and best-known of the Christmas markets in Bournemouth is the Alpine Market, which takes over the Town Square as part of the huge Christmas Tree Wonderland event each year.
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.
This year, the Gardens and the wider town will play host to a variety of lighting features and installations stretching all the way from the Seafront, through the Square, and up to the Triangle, Beale Place, Horseshoe Common and the Lansdowne roundabout.
Littledown Christmas Market
2021 Dates: 28th November 2021,
Location: Littledown Centre, Chaseside, Bournemouth BH7 7DX
Tickets: £1 for adults, £0.50 for children (5 – 15)
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.”
Festive Arts & Crafts Fair at Upton Country Park
2021 Dates: 20th – 21st November
Location: Upton Country Park, Poole BH17 7BJ
Price: £2 an adult, under 16s free
Just down the road from Bournemouth, the beautiful estate of Upton Country Park are hosting numerous Christmas events this year. Including Santa’s Woodland Grotto for the chance to meet the big man himself (10th-12th and 18th-24th December), and Wreath Making Workshops on 28th and 30th November.
They’ll also be hosting a lovely Festive Arts and Crafts Fair within Upton House. The perfect place to pick up some unique and locally made gifts!
Poole’s Marvellous Market – Christmas Special
2021 Dates: 4th December
Time: 10am– 5pm
Location: Falkland Square, Poole, BH15 1ER
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…
Zero Waste Christmas Fayre
2021 Dates: 13th November
Time: 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: The Sports Hall, Bournemouth Collegiate School, BH5 2DY.
A sustainable Christmas Market hosted at Bournemouth Collegiate School by local group Sobo Wastebusters.
“A fun day where you can learn, make, take away ideas and buy things towards reducing your waste and having a more sustainable Christmas this year. We’ll be providing ideas, demonstrations, workshops and sustainable products for ways towards a Zero Waste lifestyle, reducing your waste this Christmas.”
Handmade Christmas Fair, Christchurch
2021 Dates: 11th December
Location: Stanpit Village Hall, Christchurch, BH23 3NE
The monthly Handmade Fair at Stanpit Village Hall in Christchurch takes on a festive feel for December. Visit to pick up some unique gifts and support local makers and artists. The village hall is also hosting a carol evening on 15th December.
Other Christmas Events in Bournemouth
2021 Dates: 18th November – 3rd January 2022
Location: Lower Gardens, BH2 5AH
Prices From: £10.50, pre-booking essential
This year, SKATE are coming back to Bournemouth – bringing their huge real ice rink and Moguls Alpine Bar to the town’s Lower Gardens. And it’s all surrounded by the magical lights and decorations of the Christmas Tree Wonderland.
Panto at Bournemouth Pavillion
2021 Dates: 4th December – 2nd January 2022
Location: Bournemouth Pavilion, BH1 2BU
UK Productions alongside BH Live are presenting the swashbuckling adventure Peter Pan – The return of Captain Hook.
“Meet Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and Mermaid and set sail for a family show full of fun and laughter as he seeks to thwart the dastardly Captain Hook.
“Prepare for out-of-this-world flying effects, galleons of laughter and the hungriest of crocodiles as the adventure unfolds.”
Christmas at Adventure Wonderland
2021 Dates: Weekends of 27th Nov, 4th Dec, 11th Dec, and 18th Dec – 23rd Dec
Location: Adventure Wonderland, Christchurch, BH23 6BA
Adventure Wonderland is a family-friendly theme park on the edge of Bournemouth. This Christmas, they’ll be hosting a magical sequel to 2020’s sell-out special, The Santa Show.
Expect an all-singing, all-dancing stage show featuring Father Christmas and some of his trusted elves!
If I’ve missed any fab Bournemouth Christmas markets from this list, please leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to add it. Have a great Christmas everyone!