Dorset & Wiltshire Christmas Markets 2017

Guide to Dorset & Wiltshire Christmas Fairs and Markets - Platinum Skies

Christchurch Christmas Festival

This wonderful community celebration is back again this year! It’s a wonderful time for the town of Christchurch to get together for a festive family event. There will be a wonderful array of artisan stalls forming the Christmas market on the High Street. These will include stalls offering unique and beautiful gifts, delicious hot food and of course wonderful choices in drinks. There will be a lovely Santa’s Grotto & Lapland Post Box, ideal for taking the grandchildren to, a craft fair located in the Christchurch Priory, and Christmas music from choirs, musicians and bands to serenade you through the day.

Make sure you stay for Santa’s Parade of Light and we’re sure the grandchildren will love to see the magical Lights Switch On. This is a gem of a Christmas Festival with all the trimmings of a Christmas Fair and in close proximity to Monterey, our Christchurch retirement property.

When? 25th November 10am-8pm

Where? High Street, Christchurch, Dorset, BH231AS

Cost? Free *additional costs for purchasing gifts, food and drinks


Bournemouth Christmas Market

The wonderful Bournemouth Christmas Market will be running from the 17th November until 4th of January. Open daily, this Alpine inspired market will certainly fill you with festive cheer. There’s set to be a two-storey custom built Alpine Lodge which will be serving delicious drinks and food and giving you a lovely place to sit and soak up the feeling of the Season. It’s a wonderful day out for all the family and includes the chance to meet Santa himself. There’s a wonderful outdoor ice rink, plenty of stalls and entertainment to make your day.

When? 17th November – 4th January *Santa will be there from the 24th November

Opening times: Mon-Wed: 10am-8pm, Thurs & Fri: 11am – 6pm, Sat & Sun: 10am-6pm

Where? High Street, Christchurch, Dorset, BH231ASs **This should be bournemouth town centre?

Cost? Free to visit the market. *Santa’s Grotto will have the following prices:

Under 6 months – free

7 months – 12 years – £12.95 inc. a gift

Adults accompanying children £1.50


Salisbury Christmas Market

In the heart of the medieval cathedral city of Salisbury Christmas comes alive in this authentic German Christmas market. House in the historic Guildhall Square there will be many award winning stalls and products ideal for gifts. Whether it’s delicacies for the tummy, beautiful jewellery, handcrafted furniture of all-flavoured liqueurs it’s almost certain even the pickiest of Christmas gifter receivers will be delighted with something chosen from this market. 2017’s Salisbury Christmas market promises a Lantern Parade, live music and school choirs. All-in-all this will make a wonderful family day out for any Grandparent and their family.

When? 23rd November – 22nd December

Opening times: Mon-Wed: 10am-6pm, Thur: 10am-8pm, Fri & Sat: 10am-6:30pm, Sun: 10am-4pm *extended food quarter hours Thurs-Sun

Where? Guildhall Square, Blue Boar Row, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP11TP

Cost? Free *additional costs for purchasing gifts, food and drinks


Upton Country Park Christmas

Upton Country Park, near Poole, will be home to a Santa’s Grotto and Magical Light Garden from 18th November through to 24th December. There’s just something about the beautiful surrounds of a stately home and beautiful park that gets you ready for the Christmas season. Tradition with Santa and all things Christmas mixes with the beautiful modern Magical Light Garden. This is a great place to take younger grandchildren who will both love to meet Santa and enjoy the pretty, colourful lights.

Santa’s Grotto is open daily and you can pre-book your tickets for any weekend in December to make sure your grandchildren aren’t disappointed. The Magical Light Garden similarly offers pre booked tickets any weekend of December, however, it differs from Santa’s Grotto in that it is open between 4pm-7pm so you can enjoy the full effects of the lights.

When? 18th November – 24th December

Opening times: Santa’s Grotto Daily 11am-7pm, Magical Light Garden Daily 4pm-7pm

Where? Upton Country Park, Poole Road, Upton, Poole, BH17 7BJ

Cost? Santa’s Grotto: 2 and under: £7.95, 3 and over: £12.95, Adult Ticket: £2

Magical Light Garden: 2 and under: £2, 3 and over: £4, Adult Ticket: £6


There are so many wonderful Christmas Fairs and Markets found near our properties. We choose our locations because of their close proximity to amenities and for their strong community feel. Find out more about our Monterey property now selling in Christchurch by clicking here, or phoning us on: 01202 471461