Four of the best Christmas Markets in Dorset


The whole family will love visiting a Christmas Market in Dorset


We all know that Dorset is a wonderful choice for a summer break, but have you thought about visiting during the festive season? Our beautiful county comes alive around Christmastime, with quaint seaside towns covered in twinkling lights, festive events and all manner of delights waiting for you.

One of our favourite parts of Christmas in Dorset are the many Christmas markets which pop up across the county. From cosy local fairs to much larger events, these beautiful markets are the perfect place to browse for unique gifts, enjoy some festive treats and just soak up the atmosphere of the season.

To help get you in the spirit, we’ve picked four of our favourite Christmas markets to visit in Dorset during 2019…

Bournemouth Christmas Market: 15th November 2019 – 1st January 2020

Bournemouth is home to one of the largest Christmas markets in Dorset. There really is something to get the whole family in the festive spirit here – explore the traditional wooden huts covered in garlands and lights, sample some festive drinks and snacks in the cosy two-storey Alpine bar, enjoy some Christmas entertainment, take to the ice in the skating rink and follow a spectacular Christmas tree trail! With local suppliers, handcrafted items, delicious edibles and much more on offer, you’re bound to find something for everyone on your list… and yourself!

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Dorchester Christmas Cracker: 5th December 2019

There are plenty of things to enjoy during the Dorchester Christmas Cracker. Visitors can pick up all manner of unique and handcrafted gifts at the Street and Craft Fair, as well some delicious local festive produce. The shops will also be open late, providing even more shopping opportunities. The atmosphere of this lovely event is made even more festive with live music, Christmas lights switch on and much more... You might even catch a glimpse of Father Christmas himself!

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Discover the delights on offer at Dorset's Christmas Markets


Poole RNLI College Christmas Market: 8th December 2019

Live music, mulled wine, mince pies and much more await you at the RNLI College Christmas Market. Wander through the 40+ stalls in search of the perfect gifts, entertain the kids with a selection of arts and crafts workshops, and see Father Christmas arrive by lifeboat! Guests with limited mobility are invited to visit the market early in order to avoid the rush, so the whole family will be able to get involved with the festive fun.

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Swanage Christmas Market: 7th December 2019

This lovely Christmas market, organised by Swanage & Purbeck Rotary Club, is a great start to the festive season. Wander the charming streets of Swanage and browse the many stalls, where local craftsmen and traders are selling all kinds of Christmassy goods. The sounds of carol singers, smells of mulled wine and roasted chestnuts and glowing Christmas lights are bound to get you in the festive spirit, and if that’s not enough, keep an eye out for a special visitor and his sleigh!

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If you’re planning a cosy cottage break this festive season, make sure to take a look at our lovely collection of Dorset self-catering cottages. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway with a roaring log fire, or to treat the kids to a festive getaway, you’re bound to find your ideal holiday cottage ready and waiting.


Enjoy the festive season at a Dorset Christmas Market in 2019



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