Dorchester Christmas Cracker 2019

 It’s that time of year again!

Dorchester Christmas Cracker

Thursday 5th December 2019

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

Keep an eye on this page and Facebook for details of the amazing things we have planned for Christmas in Dorchester in 2019

We have our own Cracker Facebook Page…

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A reminder about last year … when a certain bear from darkest Peru took the train from Paddington Station and with his tummy full of marmalade sandwiches, climbed onto the main stage outside St Peter’s Church, to press the magic button and turn on Dorchester’s Xmas lights.

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

There will be a lantern parade from 5:45pm from Brewery Square with children carrying lanterns made in a special workshop.  The parade will be led by our own champion Town Crier, Alistair Chisholm.

There will be a special “Victorian Christmas” taking place in Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum in High West Street with mulled wine and mince pies available from the Shire Hall Cafe and the New Hardy Players singing carols in Victorian costume.  Judge Santa will be holding court from 4pm, checking children’s performance over the year and giving out presents to those that have been good.

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.

This year’s traders are:


Xmas Window Competition 2018

If you have a shop in Dorchester and are preparing a special Xmas display, please enter our Xmas Window Competition.  We would like to recognise and reward your efforts.  Dorchester Chamber and Dorchester BID are offering £50 each, making a total prize value of £100 to the best Xmas window in Dorchester.  Judges will be Dorchester Mayor, President of Dorchester Chamber, DBID and Chairman of the Cracker Committee. Closing date Friday, 14th December 2018.

Click on the image below for more details on how to enter or nominate your favourite Xmas display:

There is 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.

Click here to read the Magazine



Programme of 2018 Events and Road Closures


Click on the map above for information on road closures

We’ll be updating this section as soon as 2018 plans for the evening have been finalised.  The 2018 programme above is a guide as timings for this year will be similar.  The roads this year will close from 5.45pm and the roads closed will be the same as last year.  Free parking will again be from 6:00pm in the town’s main car parks – see map for locations.  Road parking will again have to be paid for.

Click here to read the Dorchester Christmas Cracker 2018 Magazine