Dorchester Christmas Cracker

 It’s that time of year again!

Dorchester Christmas Cracker
on 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, festive food and other delights.

With grateful thanks to our Main Sponsor Kingston Maurward


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

As every year, someone special will be making an appearance 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 possibly a gospel choir will perform in Holy Trinity.  Both churches will be serving mulled wine and mince pies.

Last year, there was a lantern parade from Brewery Square to the Corn Exchange with children carrying lanterns made in a special workshop.  The parade was led by our own champion Town Crier, Alistair Chisholm.  We’re hoping to do something similar this year but will keep you posted.

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.

Last year’s crafts
Click to download last year’s magazine.

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.

To book a table or enquire about outside stalls in the market, please email Sandy Jordan