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Top four Dorset Christmas markets

There are plenty of festive events across Dorset throughout November and December. Christmas in Dorset is just as (if not more) magical as Summer in the county. Whilst visiting in the colder months, make the most of the Christmas fairs and markets and get ahead on your Christmas shopping. Here are our top four Christmas markets and fairs to visit in Dorset during the winter months.


Discover the festive side of Bournemouth this November with magical festive fun for all the family. The Bournemouth Alpine Christmas Market runs from 16th November to 2nd January, perfect for last-minute shoppers. Sample seasonal produce at the Market and Moose bar, enjoy the animated figures and decorations and shop until you drop for the perfect gift. 

Poole Christmas market in Dorset
Image Credit: Lighthouse Poole

With 150 stands bearing seasonal goods, there’s something for all budgets and tastes at the Christmas Wonderland market in Poole. For 18th November only, you can find a tempting selection of unique gifts, interesting crafts and tasty foods alongside fairy lights, decorations, Christmas trees and wreaths. You could have Christmas all wrapped up in one day at this festive extravaganza.

Weymouth BIG Christmas in Dorset

 Image Credit: Weymouth's BIG Christmas

Weymouth’s BIG Christmas is set to be really big. Last year from the 1st to 31st December, there was something going on every day across the town. Keep the whole family entertained with panto, late night shopping, ice skating and more. Don’t miss out on the opening night on 1st December where there will be craft stalls and entertainment to keep you busy. As these events span across December, you’ll be sure to be in the Christmas spirit after a visit to Weymouth.

To top off the festive season, head over to Lyme Regis for a pop-up vintage fair from 1st to 27th December. Featuring plenty of handmade goodies from local exhibitors, you’ll be sure to find some beautiful last minute stocking fillers and secret santa gifts. Round off your visit to Dorset with a festive fair to really get you in the mood for Christmas day.

Continue the festivities by staying in Dorset this Christmas.

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