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

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The Snow Sisters and a very cheeky snowman will be turning on the lights at 6:30pm outside St Peter’s Church in High West Street. They will take to the stage and use special powers to light up Dorchester and be available for photographs afterwards.

To mark the occasion, a lantern parade will set off from outside the skating rink in Brewery Square at 6:00pm led by Town Crier, Alistair Chisholm with children carrying lanterns made by groups from Dorchester Youth & Community Centre and Damers First School. Everyone will be welcome to join the parade, which will join up with Santa’s Sleigh and finish at St Peter’s Church in time to witness our icy visitors turn on the lights.

Visit Father Christmas in his grotto from 4.00pm. Treat yourself to mulled wine, hot chocolate, and tasty festive treats in the cafe. Browse the gift shop and find beautiful, quirky and unusual Christmas gifts. Join the New Hardy Players for some traditional Victorian carol singing outside the courthouse.

Dorchester’s churches will open their doors from 5pm with mulled wine, mince pies and a festive atmosphere in St Peter’s and Cracker night carols in United Church in South Street at 6pm.

Many of Dorchester’s shops will stay open for late night shopping and the outdoor market is bigger than ever. Lots of entertainment throughout the evening and get a free Elfie Selfie at the Wessex FM bus, with costumes provided by Alter Ego Fancy Dress. What a fabulous way to celebrate Christmas in Dorchester!

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

Map & Programme 2019

Click on map to see details of road closures, route of lantern parade and Programme of Events

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. Pick up Christmas gifts from a range of hand-made ceramics, jewellery, clothing, toys, home-made items and tasty treats. Hot mulled wine and mince pies will be available from the bar.

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