Festive fun: Things to do in the South of England

December 5, 2018

Christmas is fast approaching, there are presents to buy and lots of festive events to enjoy. We’ve picked our highlights from across the South.

Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland: 16 November – 2 January
Explore more than 100 glittering Christmas trees from around the world along pine-scented walkways. Then browse the Alpine Market, skate under the stars, enjoy live music, food and entertainment and for youngsters, from Nov 23 there is a Santa’s Grotto.

Last Night of the Christmas Proms, Lighthouse, Poole: 22 December
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra plays family Christmas favourites old and new at this season concert. Or the following night join a Christmas carol sing-a-long backed by a full orchestra.

RNLI Christmas Market, Poole: 9 December
More than 40 stalls to browse for those special gifts, live music, Dr Balloon man, face painting and Santa will drop in, helped by one of the RNLI’s boats.

Songs of Light, Salisbury Cathedral: 5 December
An immersive concert of film, light, pop and choral music featuring a 150-strong choir to celebrate the installation of The Light, a giant illuminated globe in Salisbury Cathedral.
There are two performances, tickets can be reserved via the website but sell out fast.

Nutcracker Trail, Salisbury: 29 Nov 2018 – 6 Jan 2019
Find the names of the 10 giant Nutcrackers located around Salisbury city centre and enter the draw to win a £250 Salisbury Gift Card! Pick up an activity booklet from Salisbury Information Centre to keep track when you find one Nutcrackers, each is over 6ft so shouldn’t be missed!

From Darkness to Light Illuminations, Salisbury: 16 November – 22 December
Salisbury Cathedral and Close will be transformed inside and outside, with illuminated art installations on the West Walk, in the North Porch, on the Cloister Garth and in the Cathedral itself. Visit over the festive season to see the area beautifully illuminated.

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