by | Nov 1, 2017 | News

Christmas is approaching fast, and we want you, our levy payers, to be fully aware of what will be going on in the town centre over the festive period, including a free parking offer, late night shopping dates, and a selection of festive attractions.

 Look out for our Town Centre Rangers, who will be offering leaflets to town centre businesses.

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Late night shopping every Thursday 30 NOV – 21 DEC

Late night shopping is planned for the following dates:

Thurs 30 Nov

Thurs 7 Dec

Thurs 14 Dec

Thurs 21 Dec

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Thursdays from 4pm & all day Sunday

26 NOV – 21 DEC

In selected town centre car parks

 We have been in negotiations with Bournemouth Council, and are pleased to announce that free parking will once more be available in selected Bournemouth Council car parks in the lead-up to Christmas!

Sun 26 Nov (all day)                            Thurs 30 Nov (from 4pm)

Sun 3 Dec (all day)                              Thurs 7 Dec (from 4pm)

Sun 10 Dec (all day)                            Thurs 14 Dec (from 4pm)

Sun 17 Dec (all day)                            Thurs 21 Dec (from 4pm)

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17 NOV from 6.30pm

The Triangle

 Join us at the Triangle on 17 November from 6.30pm for family entertainment to launch our Bournemouth Christmas Celebration.

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17 NOV – 4 JAN

Town Centre & Lower Gardens

 This year, the Lower Gardens will once again be filled with beautiful fairy lights and snowflake projections in a magical Christmas display, leading through the gardens. We have also arranged for additional illuminations throughout the town centre, including a Christmas tree in Beale Place, a Christmas tree and light sculptures at Lansdowne, a giant illuminated teddy bear at the Triangle, and illuminations at Horseshoe Common.

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16 NOV – 2 JAN

Lower Gardens

 The beautiful alpine inspired outdoor ice rink from the Hilton & THAT Group will be returning to the Lower Gardens. This year there are two new features: Rinky Dinks – a separate ice rink just for small children and their parents; and Gliders – an exciting ice bowling team game. Visitors can also enjoy a hot chocolate in the Moguls cafe-bar.

Online booking is available at

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17 NOV – 4 JAN

 This year there is a new Christmas Market & Alpine Lodge, courtesy of Seventa Events. The emphasis for the market is on local traders and stocking fillers. The Alpine Lodge will be serving mulled wine, charcuterie meat and cheese boards, and will have a selection of indoor and outdoor seating.

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24 NOV – 24 DEC

 Look out for the brand new Santa’s Grotto in Bournemouth Square, courtesy of Seventa Events. For more information and booking details, see

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26 NOV & 17 DEC


 Our monthly Metropole Market at Lansdowne has been proving extremely popular, and there are two more left this year: The Alternative Christmas Fayre on 26 November, and the Christmas Candyland Festival on the 17 December.

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23 & 24 NOV

The Triangle

 The hugely popular Coca Cola Truck will be returning this year, but this time it will be stopping at the Triangle and will be here for 2 days – Thursday 23 November and Friday 24 November.



2 DEC – 1 JAN

Pavilion, Westover Road

 The panto this year is Jack and the Beanstalk, starring S Club &’s Rachel Stevens, Holby City’s Mark Moraghan and Milkshake presenter Derek Moran. Tickets can be booked at



For more details of all these, visit

Don’t forget, we are more than happy to help promote your Christmas events and offers on Make It Bournemouth – just email us with details including start and end dates and an image on