Construction underway for Bournemouth Christmas Market

CONSTRUCTION is now underway for this year’s Christmas Market and Christmas Tree Wonderland.

With less than three weeks to go, the Bournemouth Christmas Market runs from Friday 19 November to Sunday 2 January.

To make up for lost time, after being unable to open last year due to the pandemic, the market will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Construction will see the return of the Alpine Lodge Bar, 35 Cottage Market Stalls, Christmas Tree Wonderland in Bournemouth Lower Gardens and the SKATE Rink.

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Visitors will be guided by a trail from Lansdowne to the Triangle through the gardens to the seaside and will be able to enjoy the 10m changing tree of light, waterfall, giant reindeer, bread people spice, polar bears, a giant ball and trees representing cities around the globe, including the Moscow tree, will also return to Pier Approach.

For those who wish to enjoy the cheerfulness of Christmas, the Alpine Lodge will have indoor, outdoor seating and on a balcony with a view of the Christmas market. It will host weekly events, including quiz nights on Monday, karaoke nights on Wednesday, and happy hour on Thursday.

Councilor Mohan Iyengar, Tourism, Leisure and Culture portfolio holder, said: “It is truly fantastic to see the first pieces of the Christmas puzzle come together in Bournemouth and beyond.

“Christmas in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will provide residents and visitors alike with plenty to see and enjoy after the quieter festivities we have seen in 2020.”

Some of the market’s retail outlets include Dorset Chilli, Cherry Tree Preserves, and Olde English Fudge. Those looking to shop for Christmas gifts will be able to browse a range of stalls from handmade silver jewelry at Ladysilver to ski hoodies from Polar Hoods and wooden clocks from Cybele London.

As always, there will be plenty of food stalls to sample, from bratwursts to churros and roast pork pancakes.

Last year, the BCP board canceled the Wonderland run by Seventa Events in early September and local authorities shut down a scaled-down Christmas market in November.

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