Christ­mas Tree

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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

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