A magnificent new festive trail featuring glittering trees and enchanting illuminations has turned
Bournemouth into a winter wonderland
This festive season Bournemouth town centre will be transformed into a magical spectacle featuring over 100 glittering trees and illuminations as Christmas Tree Wonderland makes it mark on this seaside town for the first time.
Opening on 16 November and running through until the beginning of January, an illuminated big wheel on the resort’s award-winning seafront marks the start of this unique free festival trail. The route weaves through the historic Lower Gardens where you will see magnificent themed trees from cities around the world including Moscow, St Petersburg, Bethlehem, Seattle and Warsaw. There is also a Tree of Light and canopy of cascading lights over Pine Tree Walk.
The centrepiece of the brand new attraction is the Bournemouth Wonderland Tree – a 60ft LED spectacle comprising 30,000 individual lights programmed for regular sound and light shows.
There is also a series of enchanting illuminations dotted around Bournemouth town centre - including a giant teddy bear, gingerbread people and a giant bauble, as well as animated polar bears, a snow lion, fairies and elves. There will also be Santa’s Grotto (open 23 Nov – 24 Dec, booking advised) in the Lower Gardens and entertainment across the resort at various times throughout the festive season.
The popular Alpine Market is packed with a wonderful range of gifts and food. And the Alpine Lodge offers a selection of festive hot and cold drinks.
Christmas in Bournemouth wouldn’t be complete without the opportunity to skate in the fairytale setting of the town’s Grade II-listed Victorian gardens. SKATE is back in the Lower Gardens, with the addition of an ice path which will allow skaters to venture off the main rink.
All this festive sparkle extends to the Triangle, Horseshoe Common and Lansdowne, plus the ‘coastal villages’ of Westbourne, Southbourne and Boscombe.
Other local Christmas events include Bournemouth Pavilion’s pantomime Sleeping Beauty (8 December to 6 January/box office 0844 576 3000). While Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum will be decorated for a Victorian Christmas, and Father Christmas will be in residence on 8 - 9 December (11am – 3pm, booking 01202 451820).
The giant bauble installation