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Swanage Railway Christmas Belle 2 - 24 Dec 2017

Christmas Belle 2016

Swanage Railway, Station House, Swanage, BH19 1HB, Dorset

Join us during the festive season for a trip on the 'Christmas Belle' in our luxurious Pullman Observation Car.

During your one-hour return journey, you will travel through the beautiful Isle of Purbeck countryside while enjoying champagne and canapes both served at your seat.

Soak up a traditional Christmas atmosphere in the specially decorated carriage with relaxing comfy chairs. You will also receive a personalised Christmas card and a special gift.

The 'Christmas Belle' runs on the following dates and times:

December 2nd , 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd & 24th December.

Departing Swanage Station at 12:05, 13:40 & 15:15.

The cost for this special service is £32.50 for an individual seat and £65.00 for a seat for two persons.

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Vintage Christmas 2 - 3 Dec 2017

Vintage Christmas 2017 - Tank Museum

The Tank Museum, Bovington, BH20 6JG, Dorset

Viintage Christmas - Annual Passes are Valid

Stepping back in time, Vintage Christmas brings fantastic entertainment, an incredible festive market and historical education in a unique setting.

Learn more about what life was like at Christmas time from the 1920's to the Post War era, with themed crafts and activities. There will also be living history reenactors around the Museum to help take you back in time.

 Don't miss...
•Santa's grotto (additional cost) and see him arrive by Tank at 10.30 on both days!

•Christmas Carvery Lunch
•Children's crafts and activities
•Vintage Market
•Live music
•Vintage Vehicle Display
•Living History dioramas and talks

Please note that programme is subject to change.

Shop til you drop  for all those unique Christmas gifts that you won't find anywhere on the high street.


Poole Santa Parade 3 Dec 2017

Santa on City Cruises

Poole Quay, Poole, BH15 1HJ, Dorset

Santa on City Cruises11am Santa arrives on Poole Quay by City Cruises Boat 

Santa will travel on his Christmas Train together with the Mayor of Poole, Councillor Lyndsay Wilson and performers from Cinderella, this year's magical pantomime at Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts.

Santa will be accompanied by Poole Sea Cadets Band link will open in new window, Shining Bright Like a Star performers, Bournemouth Carnival Band and Children’s Christmas Fancy Dress Competition entrants.

The procession will travel from Poole Quay moving towards Old Orchard before turning up the pedestrianised High Street through the town to Falkland Square.

After saying goodbye to the crowds, Santa will take up residence in his grotto at Quayside Emporium

RNLI College Christmas Market 3 Dec 2017

RNLI Christmas Market

RNLI Lifeboat College, West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1HZ, Dorset

RNLI Christmas Market 11-4pm

​Get in the festive spirit at our Christmas Market. Father Christmas : Kids Workshops : Local Produce and Crafts : Festive Food : Live Music.

Admission and parking FREE.

 RNLI College


Santa's Grotto at Quayside Emporium 3 - 24 Dec 2017

Quayside Emporium Grotto 2017

The grotto is back at Quayside Emporium at selected dates this Christmas! Tickets cost £7.50, included in the price is a child's present and the chance to see our grotto and Father Christmas!

To book T: 01202 679333.

Santas Grotto Quayside Emporium

Step back in Time at Christmas 3 Dec 2017

Poole Museum step back in time Christmas

Scaplen's Court, 4 High Street, Poole, BH15 1BW, Dorset

Poole Museum step back in time ChristmasSunday 3 December, 12 – 3pm


Step inside Scaplen’s Court to soak up the festive atmosphere of days gone by. Explore the building and enjoy some historical Christmas crafts. Refreshments available to purchase.

Christmas at Poole Libraries... for Adults 4 - 19 Dec 2017

Whats on Poole Libraries

Poole Libraries

Christmas in Poole Libraries….. for adults

Making Wool Robins
Broadstone Library Tue 5 Dec 2-3.30pm
Try a crafty new skill with the Scrapstore as they teach you how to make wool robins ready for Christmas.   Suggested donation £2 for materials.

Decorate Christmas cupcakes
Creekmoor Library Wed 6 Dec 10.30-11.30am
Create fabulous swirls and toppings for your cakes.   Take your cupcake creation home.   Suggested donation of £1.

Christmas Board Games
Parkstone Library, Mon 4 – Sat 16 Dec
What is your favourite Christmas game?   Does your family have a board game to get everyone round the table?   Lend us your game to display in our cabinet.

Christmas Food Quiz
Canford Heath Library Mon 11 0 Sat 16 Dec
Win yourself a mince pie and coffee

Christmas Coffee & Quiz
Creekmoor Library Fri 15 Dec 10.30 – 12noon
Festive fun with our monthly quiz with the return of the popular charades round!!

Christmas Jumper Day
Hamworthy Library Fri 15 Dec 10am-12noon
Dig out your Christmas jumper and join us for tea/coffee, mince pies and homemade delights.

Festive Songs
Rossmore Library Sat 16 Dec 11am-12noon
Join us for mince pies and coffee and be serenaded by the Citrus Singers.

Share kindness at the library
Poole Central Library Mon 18 Dec 2-3pm
Help us to spread some random acts of kindness!   Write a note, share a poem or quote, or draw a happy picture, and place it inside a library book for someone else to discover.

Christmas Coffee Mornings
Rossmore Library Mon 18 Dec 10.30am-12noon
Branksome Library Tues 19 Dec 10.30am-12noon
Coffee, mince pies and a last chance to relax before the big day!

Breathless Carol Singing
Hamworthy Library, Fri 22 Dec 2pm start
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. So join us for a special Christmas carol concert brought to you by Breathless Singing & Co.

All events are free (or small donation) but please book in advance to make sure of your place.

Call 01202 262449 or email libraries@poole.gov.uk



Christmas with the Rat Pack 8 Dec 2017

Lighthouse - Rat Pack

Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts, Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG, Dorset

7.30 pm Lighthouse
Tickets £29.50 - £21.50

Christmas with the Rat Pack is still the coolest party in town so beat the winter blues with Frank, Sammy and Dean.

Drift back in time to the glamorous, glitzy nights of Vegas in the company of three of the world’s most popular entertainers and experience Frank, Sammy and Dean performing at the famous Sands hotel with the fabulous Burrelli Sisters and The Rat Pack Big Band.

Hit follows hit including pack favourites The Lady is a Tramp, Mr Bojangles, That’s Amore, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, What Kind of fool Am I, Volare and seasonal classics including: Baby it’s Cold Outside, Let it Snow, Let it Snow, White Christmas, Winter Wonderland & Auld Lang Syne.

If you wish you’d swung with the hardest partying pack in town, now’s your chance!

Booking and availabilty

Prices quoted are for tickets booked in person at the Ticket Office.   Tickets booked via telephone or online are subject to a booking fee of up to £1.75 per ticket.   Tickets can be purchased at Poole Tourist Information Centre, Poole Museum (no booking fee).

Cinderella Pantomime 8 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018

Cinderella Lighthouse 2017

Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts, Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG, Dorset


Cinderella Lighthouse 2017

Starring Ethan Lawrence (Bad Education), Lucy Kay (Britain's Got Talent), Richard Gibson (Herr Flick from 'Allo, 'Allo) and Miles Western ... and featuring real ponies.

Cinderella is meeting the Prince at the Royal Ball but her cruel Ugly Sisters tear up her ticket. Baron Hardup and the loveable Buttons try to stop her tears but only the magical powers of her Fairy Godmother can get her to the Palace in a golden coach pulled by real ponies. However, she must leave close to midnight or her beautiful dress will turn to rags

A pantomime full of knockabout laughter, spectacle, audience participation and the unexpected! From the makers of last year's inspired Aladdin.

Written and directed by Peter Duncan.



Christmas Canoe Paddle 9 Dec 2017

Christmas Canoe Paddle - New Forest Activities

New Forest Activities, The Old Forge, High Street, Beaulieu, SO42 7YA

14.00 - 15.30

Come and join us for a festive paddle on the Beaulieu River this Christmas.   Spend 90 minutes exploring the stunning river as part of your guided tour whilst keeping an eye out for Santa along the way.

Your children's Christmas will be made extra special with gifts from Santa, hand picked by Santa's elves!

Dress warmly. Mulled wine, hot drinks and mince pies to enjoy on arrival

Adult £22 Child £17 Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £68.

Book your place on line or alternatively call 01590 612377 for more information.

Other dates available

16th Dec 10.00 - 11.30
22nd Dec 14.00 - 15.30
23rd Dec 14.00 -15.30