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Christmas in Poole 30 Nov - 24 Dec 2017

Christmas Presents


Join in with Poole's Christmas events brought to you by Poole BID.  

Throughout December

Free parking is available on Thursdays (6pm – 9pm) and Sundays (10am – 6pm) from the 30 November.

NB event listings correct at time of publication.  For updates check Poole Bid Facebook & Twitter accounts.

Great Reindeer Hunt 18 Nov 2017 - 4 Jan 2018

Great Reindeer Hunt 2016

Teddy Bear Museum, Corner of High East St. & Salisbury St., Dorchester, DT1 1JU, Dorset

Edward Bear and family are all ready for Christmas but Santa's reindeer are missing and rumour has it they are hiding in Edward's festively decorated house. Help Edward find Santa's missing reindeer in his charming vintage house and win a bear in this fun festive event. Meet 'Spencer' Santa's giant 9ft helper bear.*

Free Christmas Bear worth £5.99!

.See a vintage Edwardian Christmas in this magical setting.

* Spencer is a  traditional Teddy Bear, not a costume or animated  display or grotto.

Admission Prices
Adult - £ 5.99, Child - £ 5.99, ( 2 – 16 years old - Under 3's FREE )
Family Saver - £ 22.99 (2 Adults & 2 Children)

Every participating child wins a Christmas Bear worth £5.99.

Open daily 10am-4pm - Closed 24th - 26th December

Santa's Christmas Grotto & Magical Light Garden 24 Nov - 24 Dec 2017

Upton Santas Christmas Grotto

Upton House & Upton Country Park, Upton Country Park, Upton, Poole, BH17 7BJ, Dorset

Upton Country Park

Festive Christmas Grotto
24th November – 24th December Closed 27th November, 4th & 11th December
Daily 10am – 7pm Last admission 6pm

Our festive woodland grotto is back for 2017 with a new and improved look! Real wood cabins, interactive things for children and adults to get involved with, a children’s quality wrapped gift and photographs to take home on the day.

Pre-book your weekend tickets (December only) by calling 01202 261305 (9-5pm Mon-Sun) or come along on the day to purchase your tickets by card or cash at our Ticket office.

Magical Light Garden
Daily from 4-7pm (last admission 6.30pm)
Closed Mon 27th Nov, 4th & 11th Dec.

Our walled garden will be transformed for the festive season into a magical world of lights and laughter.   Follow the pathways, taking in our giant Christmas Tree, Interactive Igloo, mini northern lights display as well as our penguin frozen lake, magical fairy turrets and nativity scene.

Tickets available over the phone 01202 261305 (lines open 9-5 Mon-Sun) or on the day at the ticket office.

Further details and pricing at https://uptoncountrypark.com/christmas.

 Garden of Light at Upton Country Park

Christmas at The Ark 25 Nov - 24 Dec 2017

Christmas at the Ark

The Ark, Poole Park, Poole, BH15 2SF, Dorset

Ho,ho,ho…Forget presents, tinsel and turkey. What could make Christmas more magical than a visit to see the elves and meeting Santa Claus, the man himself?

Come and experience the magic and sparkle of Christmas with fabulous festive fun for all the family at the award-winning Ark Poole Park this year.

Swapping snowy woods for picturesque Poole Park, the merry bunch will arrive with sacks of Christmas cheer - and a little mischief!

Experience an elf’s life at The Ark along with the magic and joy of split-level soft play, a real ice rink (perfect for a pre or post festive spin), ice cream kiosk and café serving a selection of delicious and freshly cooked meals, snacks and hot and cold drinks.

Meet Santa’s little helpers at the Elf Workshop and enjoy an experience that’s sure to get you in the festive mood:

Standard entrance fee applies for soft play and ice rink
Santa's Grotto is avialable top book 10.30 - 17.30- on 25th/26th November, 2nd/3rd, 9th/10th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th December)

There is limited capacity so book early to avoid disapppointment.
Tickets can be booked by calling The Ark on 01202 717197
or emailing info@thearkpoolepark.co.uk

 Christmas at the Ark Poole Park

Festive Fun at Adventure Wonderland 26 Nov - 23 Dec 2017

Adventure Wonderland Christmas

Adventure Wonderland, opposite Bournemouth Airport, BH23 6BA

26th Nov
2nd, 3rd, 9th 10th, 16th – 23rd December
Open from 10am – 6pm (last entry 4pm)

Get your family’s Christmas off to an unforgettable start with a magical trip to Dorset’s top theme park, Adventure Wonderland, this festive season.

Santa, his faithful reindeer Rudolph and trusted elves, will be dropping in from the North Pole to meet visitors on 26th November, the weekends of 2nd/3rd and 9th/10th December and every day from 16th-23rd December.

Tickets to visit Santa in his cosy log cabin are always very popular, so book now at adventurewonderland.co.uk/christmas to avoid disappointment and to get a 10% discount. All children visiting Santa’s grotto get a fantastic present.

Other attractions include  Nativity Cuddle Corner, with its host of furry friends and the massive indoor adventure play centre, Wild Thing!

Adventure Wonderland Panto 2017Families are also promised a festive treat at Adventure Wonderland with the Christmas panto, Dick Whittington and his Cheshire Cat.

Join Dick on his daring journey through the streets of London seeking fame and fortune, with shows in the Happydrome Theatre at noon and 3pm, from 26 November.

Guided by the magical Fairy Bow Bells and his best friend, the cheeky Cheshire Cat, Dick quickly discovers the streets aren’t really paved with gold. After meeting Alice Fitzwarren and taking a job with her father, things are looking up, but the evil King Rat has other ideas.

Will Dick find his fortune? Will good conquer evil, or will King Rat succeed in stopping the course of true love? Do paws beat claws? Whatever happens this action-packed panto will be full of laughter, music and dance – and that’s just from the audience!

Go online or call 01202 483444 for further details, opening times and tickets.

Prices and availabiity

Step into Christmas and Full Father Christmas admission prices apply during these dates.

What’s Included:

*Step into Christmas! (FREE For Winter & Annual Members)
Unlimited Play all day in Wild Thing!
Tickets to our Pantomime showing 12noon and 3pm (approx 1hr)
Visit the Nativity Cuddles Corner: (10:30am – 12:30pm / 1:30pm – 3:30pm)
Christmas Colouring Challenge! (You will be given a colouring sheet on request from the Wild Shop and a selection of pencils, if you want to enhance the colouring why not bring in some of your own colouring pencils! Stay in the lines!)
Mulled wine and a mince pie for Adults.

*Full Father Christmas Experience:
All of the above plus!
A Visit to Father Christmas in his snowy log cabin and a quality gift for every booked child.
Mulled wine and a mince pie for Adults.

Important info for pre-booked guests:
When you arrive on your visit date, please make sure you ‘check in’ at the main Wild Thing building to complete your booking and collect your tickets. Failure to ‘check in’ may result in a delay or cancellation of your Santa visit with no refund.

Christmas Joy 27 Nov - 31 Dec 2017

Christmas Joy - Hotel du Vin

Hotel du Vin & Bistro, Thames Street, Poole, BH15 1JN

Celebrate the festive season with great food and wine. Enjoy parties with style or celebrate a special day with family, friends or colleagues in our atmospheric bistros and unique private dining rooms.

From corporate Christmas events,  to a family Christmas Day or Boxing Day Lunch, festive afternoon teas or an entertaining New year's Eve - we've got it all covered.

Our superb array of festive menus offer traditional favourites to bistro delights inspired by seasonal ingredients, all prepared and served by our attentive and knowledgable team.

Christmas Afternoon Tea - Treat your loved ones to a festive afternoon of tasty mini savouries, warm scones oozing with cream and jam and exquisite little cakes and desserts for £22.50 per person.

The full Christmas Package - for a truly memorable Christmas take a two day stay over Christmas, comfortable in the knowledge that everything is taken care of.   For two people, including two nights accommodation, full breakfast on your first morning, Christmas Day Lunch, Boxing Day Lunch, and a £35 per person food allowance on the first evening with a glass of mulled wine £576 per room.

Take a decadent four course lunch on New Years Day including our lavish French market table £26.95 per person.

Start the New Year off in style with the New Year's Eve Package -  with a glass of champagne and four course dinner, dancing and live music and then retire to your sumptous guest room for the night £420 per room.

Make a night of it  - when your'e booking your party ask for details of preferential overnight accommodation rates in one of our guest rooms.

For full details of what's available throughout the festive season, including menus and pricing, or to book please visit Hotel du Vin Christmas Joy. 

Christmas 2018

Christmas Craft with Lola's Little Lemurs 28 Nov - 14 Dec 2017

Lolas Little Lemurs

Lemur Landings, Tower Park, BH12 4NY, Dorset

Lolas Little LemursLemur Landings Soft Play

10.30-am - 11.15 am £5 including Admission. NB £5 admissions are available until 10.30am.

Lola's Little Lemurs

November Character Visit - Along Came Lola
Bring your little lemurs along to monkey around with Lola. Cut, stick and colour crafts and masks with Lola's gang before Lola's arrival for a meet and greet.

5 Dec: Crafty Fun - Socky Snowmen
Bring your little lemurs along for some festive fun. Join us and get stuffing and make your own frosty friend to take and put up at home.

6 Dec: Arty Fun - Christmas Card Making
Bring your little lemurs along for some festive arty fun. Cut, create and colour your Christmas Cards to give to Family and Friends.

7 Dec: Character Visit - Along Came Lewey
Bring your little lemurs along to monkey around with Lewey. Cut, stick and colour crafts and masks with Lew's gang before Lewey's arrival for a meet and greet.

12 Dec: Arty Fun - Christmas Card Making
Bring your little lemurs along for some festive arty fun. Cut, create and colour your Christmas Cards to give to Family and Friends.

13 Dec: Crafty Fun - Socky Snowmen
Bring your little lemurs along for some festive fun. Join us and get stuffing and make your own frosty friend to take and put up at home.

14 Dec Crafty Fun - Deck the Halls
Bring your little lemurs along for some festive arty fun. Cut, create and colour your Christmas decorations to take and put up at home and on your tree.

More details & booking




Dear Santa… Christmas crafts & letters at Poole Museum 30 Nov - 16 Dec 2017

Poole Museum Dear Santa 2017

Poole Museum, 4 High Street, Poole, BH15 1BW, Dorset

Poole Museum Dear Santa 2017Thursday – Saturday, 12pm – 3pm
Thurs 30 Nov – Sat 16 December


Join us in the third floor family area of Poole Museum for a range of free Christmas craft activities:

All activities are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Free Christmas parking & late night shopping in Poole 30 Nov - 24 Dec 2017

Free Christmas Parking


Pick up the perfect gift and make use of FREE Christmas Parking in Poole Town Centre Car Parks:

Free Christmas Parking

District Car Parks (Broadstone, Ashley Road, Penn Hill, Ashley Cross and Canford Cliffs)Free between noon and 6pm on three Saturdays before Christmas 9 Dec, 16 Dec and 23 Dec.

Park and ride
Will be available on the four Saturdays before Christmas on 2 Dec, 9 Dec, 16 Dec and 23 Dec. The super low floor buses make it easy for wheelchair users and parents with buggies. An adult return ticket can be purchased for £1.50 and accompanied children will be 50p return. Holders of an English National Concessionary bus pass can travel free of charge. 

Find out more about Poole's Park and Ride service.

Christmas at Poole Libraries... for Children 1 - 23 Dec 2017

Whats on Poole Libraries

Poole Libraries

Christmas at Poole Libraries…. For children

Christmas Mini-Challenge
Read 3 books and try our lucky book dip to see if you can complete the challenge over the Christmas holidays - you never know, you may discover a new favourite author! 

Christmas Tree Decoration Competition – Canford Heath Library
Friday 1 to Fri 22 December – Design and make a Christmas tree decoration and win a prize.

Paper Chains for Christmas Ages 4-11
Hamworthy Library –Thurs  7 December 3.30 – 4.30pm.
Make and decorate paper chains for our library.

Christmas Crafts
Festival Christmas creations, charming paper baubles, cards and decorations to take home, or to help us decorate our tree.
Rossmore Library - Thurs 14 Dec 3.30-4.30pm
Branksome Library – Sat 16 Dec 10.30-12 noon
Parkstone Library – Tues 19 Dec 11am-12noon
Oakdale Library – Tues 19 Dec 10.30-11.30am
Canford Cliffs Library – Wed 20 Dec 10.30-1130am
Creekmoor Library – Wed 20 Dec 10.30-11.30am
Hamworthy Library – Thur 21 Dec 11.30am-12.30pm

Christmas Rhymetimes and Storytimes
In all libraries between 11 and 23 December.   Ask in your local library for details.

Become a snowman!
Poole Central Library – Sat 16 Dec 11am-12noon
Have your photograph taken by a librarian and decorate it to become a snowman!

Vegetable Glue Ages 4-11
Canford Heath Library – Mon 18 Dec 2.30-3.30pm
Learn about healthy eating with a story and try some fruit and vegetables, with the team from Branksome Tesco.

Decorate Christmas Biscuits
Canford Heath Library – 2.30-3,30pm

Twas the night before Christmas – storytime
Parkstone Library – Sat 23 Dec 11am-11.30am

Get Ready for the New Year!
Broadstone Library – Fri 29 Dec 10.30-11.30am
Poole Central Library – Sat 30 Dec 11am – 12noon
Special crafts to finish 2017 and welcome the New Year.

All events are free but please book in advance to make sure of your place.
Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Contact us T 01202 262449, email libraries@poole.gov.uk or visit www.poole.gov.uk/libraries.