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The best Christmas markets in Dorset in 2023

With Christmas almost upon us once again, we’ve hand picked some of the best Christmas markets in Dorset. Right across the county, wonderful artisan gifts and decorations, to beautiful traditional music in unique venues, Santa’s grottoes and something for everyone. A great day out for the family to get into the festive spirit. 

Christmas Markets in Hampshire

Bournemouth Alpine Christmas Market

From favourite festive food and drinks traders to local craftsmen answering all your Christmas shopping needs,  festive stalls are open daily, offering a range of products and culinary delights for everyone to enjoy.  The Alpine Lodge Bar is the place to enjoy some festive cheer and watch the world go by.  And experience the magical spectacle of over 100 glittering trees lighting the path all the way down to the seafront. 

Dates: 17th November – 1st January, open from 11am daily. 

Entry:  FREE 

More information. 

Christmas at Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch

Christmas is back at the beautiful Highcliffe Castle.  What better location to choose the perfect gift or decoration from local artisan stalls. 

Dates: 18th and 19th Novembewr, 10am – 4pm.

Entry: £3 per adult which includes access to the Castle.  Book tickets and find out more here. 

Poundbury Christmas Market

Over 100 stall holders located in Crown Square for a beautiful start to Christmas.  With live entertainment , delicious food and drink and something for everyone. 

Date: 2nd December. 10a, – 4pm 

Entry FREE.  

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Mapperton Christmas Market, nr Beaminster

Set in the grounds of the beautiful Mapperton House, you will find the perfect Christmas gifts and decorations from over 80 local businesses.  A bar, live band, and of course Father Christmas – a great way to start your Christmas off. 

When: 25th and 26th November, 10am – 4pm. 

Entry £5 adults 

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Shire Hall Christmas Market, Dorchester

Your Christmas shopping all wrapped up at the Shire Hall Christmas Market in Dorchester.  Over 30 stalls with local artisanal gifts and decorations.  Live entertainment and delicious food and drink to make the day a merry one! 

Dates:  25th and 26th November, 10am – 4pm

Entry: FREE

Symondsbury Estate Christmas Market, Nr Bridport

The annual Symondsbury Estate Christmas Market involves a wide range of local businesses selling handcrafted food, drink and gifts, together with  independent shops, offering luxury giftware, festive decorations, homeware and artisan food and drink.

There’s live music and performances, so come along and share some Christmas cheer!

Dates: 1st – 3rd December: opening times 12 -4 (1st), 10am – 8pm (2nd) and 10am – 4pm (3rd).

Entry: FREE

More information.

Shaftesbury Christmas Market

The annual Christmas market in the centre of Shaftesbury.  Locally sourced gifts, decorations and produce.  All your festive shopping needs in one place.  

Date: 10th December, 10am – 4pm.

Entry: FREE