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Countdown to Christmas in Boscombe!

Where: Boscombe
When: Saturday 19th November 2016 to Saturday 24th December 2016

Come and celebrate the countdown to Christmas in Boscombe!



Starting on the 19th November with the Boscombe and Pokesdown Carnival and the Christmas lights Switch On, the family fun continues right up to Christmas Eve.

Come along and see festive crafts, sample seasonal food, watch the street entertainers, and much, much more. Spreading the festive cheer for children and adults alike into Bournemouth’s surrounding coastal villages, there is also a host of family events in Southbourne and Westbourne.

Saturday 19th November – Christmas Lights switch on event with entertainment from 4-6pm

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th November – Winter wonderland in Boscombe

The events on both days will run from 11am – 3.30pm with a snow queen on Saturday, Jack Frost on Sunday and a good fairy on both days entertaining the crowds, plus Christmas themed arts and crafts in the Sovereign Centre.


Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th December – Victorian Weekend

Christmas activities and entertainment will take place from 11am – 3:30pm including a roving Victorian walkabout act, Mr Phoebus and his Penny Farthing, Victorian arts and crafts with Arts2Educate, Christmas science, plus an activity trail with arts and activities in various shops.

Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 December – ‘It’s Christmas!’

Christmas activities and entertainment will take place from 11am – 3:30pm including free face painting, a photobooth, giant stilt walking elves, a photobooth, Christmas arts and crafts with Arts2Educate, Christmas science, plus an activity trail with arts and activities in various shops.

Across all weekends, as an added incentive we are offering a Santa’s goody-bag to anyone who completes a feedback form!


  • Thursday 1st December – Closing at 8pm
  • Thursday 8th December – Closing at 8pm
  • Thursday 15th December – Closing at 8pm
  • Thursday 22nd December – Closing at 8pm
  • Friday 23rd December – Closing at 8pm

Royal Arcade

Visit the Royal Arcade in Boscombe for Santa’s pop up post box on Saturday 26th November and Saturday 3rd December from 10am-2pm, along with Christmas arts and crafts activities for children on all 3 Saturday’s (26 Nov, 10 & 17 Dec).

There will also be pop up stalls serving up wintery goods and buskers entertaining Christmas shoppers throughout the festive period. Come and see the amazing Christmas Shapes hanging inside designed by local primary schools: Winton Primary, Jewell Academy, Avonwood Primary, St Thomas Garnet’s School and King’s Park Academy.

Boscombe Market

Boscombe market takes place every Thursday and Saturday between 9am – 5pm throughout the year. In the four weekends leading up to Christmas there will be extra markets held on Friday 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd December. During the four ‘Countdown to Christmas’ weekends there will be market stalls on Sunday 27th November, 4th, 11th and 18th December, with children’s rides, family activities and free Car Parking in Hawkwood Road car park.



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