Dorchester Christmas Cracker 2017

**NEWSFLASH** Here is an urgent notice from WDDC about tonight’s road closures            wddc Notice

It’s that time of year again!

Dorchester Christmas Cracker

Thursday 7th December 2017

The date has been set, Santa’s been told and we’re busy making sure the magic will happen again this year.  We will be updating this page regularly with information and news as it becomes available so keep an eye out and don’t forget to find and Like us on Facebook.

We hope you will all join us for late night Xmas shopping,  seasonal entertainment  and other delights.

With grateful thanks to our Main Sponsor

Kingston Maurward

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We have 2 very special guests turning the lights on at 6:30pm outside St Peter’s Church.  TV’s popular Fire and Police pups will take to the stage to press the magic button to illuminate Dorchester and will be available for photographs afterwards.

Santa will be in his Grotto at Dorset County Museum, which will be open from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.  Entry to the museum will be free and everyone is welcome.  Mulled wine and mince pies will be available in the Victorian Hall and the tea room will be open as well.  Sci-Fi characters will add an exciting dynamic to the festive atmosphere.

The churches in High West Street will open their doors from 5pm with a carol service in St Peter’s and the Rock Choir in Holy Trinity.  Both churches will be serving mulled wine and mince pies.

There will be a lantern parade from 6:00pm from Top o’ Town Roundabout organised by Dorset Arts with children carrying lanterns made in the “Create a Christmas Lantern workshop on 3rd December.

Lots of other entertainment throughout the evening to celebrate the official start of Christmas in Dorchester.

The Christmas Craft Fair will again be in the Corn Exchange

Address: Corn Exchange, Municipal Buildings, High Street East, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1HF

The CRAFT FAIR will be in the Corn Exchange from 4pm to 8pm.  Discover that ideal Christmas gift from the range of finest crafts, home accessories, jewellery, clothing and home-made items on display from selected local traders.

There will also be a Dorchester Christmas Cracker Magazine to promote the event and encourage visitors to Dorchester to shop, eat and to enjoy festive treats and the other delights the town has to offer.

Follow this link to read theDorchester Cracker 2017 Magazine

Your ultimate guide to everything that’s happening in Dorchester on Cracker night.


Programme of Events and Road Closures

**Newsflash – Click on link for the latest update on road closures and map  wddc Notice

Click on the map above for information on road closures

The roads this year will close from 4.45pm not 3:30pm and the road closures will be the same as last year.  Free parking will again be from 4:00pm in the town’s main car parks.  Road parking will again have to be paid for.

Enjoy the evening, but in the meantime, to whet your appetite, here are details of this year’s fun-filled event

Click here to read the Dorchester Christmas Cracker 2017 Magazine