Dorchester Christmas Cracker

 It’s that time of year again!

Dorchester Christmas Cracker
on Sunday 13th December 2020

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 2020

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To shake off the social distancing experienced due to coronavirus and COVID-19, the Cracker Committee are planning a special Xmas Cracker this year, subject to Government guidance and mindful of public health, of course.

It is planned that this year’s Xmas Cracker will be a traditional, Casterbridge Christmas in true Victorian style, and an all day event.

High West and High East Street will be closed to traffic and the event will run from 11am to 4pm.

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.

A reminder of last year’s event:

Map & Programme 2019

It is expected that the Christmas Craft Fair will again be in the Corn Exchange but information will be available nearer to the event.

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