Christmas in Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole

Where to meet Santa in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Places to see Father Christmas in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole including the best Christmas Grottos!

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Rotary Club of Poole Bay

The Santa Express is back this year!

Selected dates from 3rd December to 23rd December. 

For the 16th year running, the Poole Bay Rotary Santa Express train will be out and about around the streets of Poole and Bournemouth.

Meet Santa and enjoy the music as we blast our way along the street bringing Christmas cheer to all.

*Timings are approximate. Please take care of young children while the Santa Express is moving.

Please check here for more details, including routes and times.

Enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie while you listen to Christmas carols playing in the background. Kids will also be able to enjoy a 30-minute magic show and balloon modelling performed by Dr Balloonman while they snack on biscuits and sip a soft drink. Each child will receive a Christmas present directly from Santa!

We have a special discount on this experience, exclusive to Poole Mumbler readers. For more details please click HERE.

+44 (0)20 77 400 400
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Real Reindeer and many other animals

Christmas Grotto!

23rd November – 24th December



Early Bird Tickets!!!!
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Adventure Wonderland

Meet Father Christmas!

23rd, 24th, 30th November
1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 18th – 23rd December

10:00 am – 6:00 pm (last entry 4pm)

Includes Step into Christmas (free for members), panto, unlimited play, Nativity Cuddles Corner and more; and Meet Father Christmas Experience with a gift for every child.

For more details contact 01202 070151.

Bournemouth Lifecentre

Santa’s Grotto – 9th to 23rd December. 

Meet Santa in his Grotto, receive a present and wander through a winter wonderland.

£8.50 per child, no charge for adults accompanying.

Photos from £4.00, Key-rings from £3.50 and Snow Globes from £7.50 all available to purchase as a lasting memory of your visit. Pay on the day of your visit.

Book online through Ticket Source

Castlepoint Shopping Park

2nd to 20th December, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Have you ever wondered what Santa gets up to while he’s not working?
Well, now you can find out by visiting Santa’s Holiday Pod at Castlepoint Shopping Park this December.

Lots of fun for all the family, a post box where your letters get picked up really quick! Christmas fun, competitions and live music.

Castlepoint Shopping Park, Yeomans Way, Bournemouth, BH8 9UZ.

Compton Acres

Christmas trees are available from w/c 23rd November.

Compton Acres, 164 Canford Cliffs Road, Poole, Dorset, BH13 7ES.

Please contact 01202 700 778 for more details.

Farmer Palmer’s

‘Farmer Christmas Magic at Farmer Palmer’s. The joy on their faces as they meet the Man in Red in our warm winter cabin. No pre-booking required. Visit weekends (or at 11.30 am Tue/Wed) during December. Only £7 extra and a fab present.

Also, Christmas Carols on Sunday 15th December 2019.

Kingston Maurward

Christmas with Santa!

Slots are available for the following dates:

Thursday 5th 3-6 pm

Friday 6th 3-6 pm

Saturday 7th 12-6 pm

Children £7, Adults Free.

Includes a visit to Santa’s old library grotto in Kingston Maurward House, storytelling by the open fire and Christmas tree, and access to the Animal Park Barn & Café (during daylight hours).

To book please email or call 01305 215003


The Festival of Light –  9th November 2019 to 5th January 2020

A thrilling odyssey as myths and legends from across the world are brought to life. Filled with extraordinary creatures, ancient deities, magnificent scenery and stunning structures; don’t miss the most amazing adventure of them all.

Please find a full review of this event by Poole Mumbler and more details here.

*Don’t forget to book your Santa Train experience.

Marwell Zoo

16th November to 24th December 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

This year is our Christmas at Marwell 10th Anniversary and to celebrate we have a topsy-turvy theme to go alongside the magical experience.

All the Mad Hatters coming along this Christmas will head down the rabbit hole into a curious wonderland… What could the theme be?

Refreshments, storytelling, a ‘magical’ elf door and more.

Daytime and eventing wonderland experience.

Monkey World

Santa’s Grotto Dec 16th to 20th, 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Why not take a fairy-lit buggy ride deep into the park and visit Santa in his Grotto! Mulled wine, mince pies and a gift for each child will make it a truly magical experience for the whole family.

For more details, please contact 01929 462 487.


Paultons Park

Santa’s Magical Grotto is available to book 9:30 – 17:15 on throughout November and December (selected dates only).

Christmas is a special time of the year at Paultons, visit Santa in his magical Grotto, experience Peppa Pig World in a festive setting and enjoy selected rides and attractions, including Lost Kingdom and Critter Creek, across the Park.

Please call  023 8081 4442 for more details. 

RNLI College Christmas Market 2019

Sunday 8th December 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

⭐️We hear Father Christmas will make a spectacular appearance at this event. Read here for more details.

Santa’s Arrival at Stewarts Christchurch Garden Centre

Father Christmas is coming to Stewarts Christchurch Garden Centre.

Please read here for more details.

Santa’s Grotto Beales of Bournemouth

18th November to 24th December. 

Join us for an unforgettable Christmas experience with Santa’s Grotto at Beales Department Store in Bournemouth. Meet the big man himself and receive a special early Christmas gift! Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the Christmas magic.

Cost is £9 per child, parents and guardians can accompany free of charge.

Booking required. Please contact the organiser for more details.




The Ark

Santa’s Workshop, 29th November to 24th December

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

Write a letter to Santa, make his reindeer food ready to sprinkle on Christmas Eve, get crafty and paint your own Christmas Tree decoration in our NEW pottery studio.


The Walled Garden Moreton

Frozen Themed Trail: 30th November to 22nd December, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

In celebration of the release of the new Disney film Frozen 2, we’re hosting a trail around our gardens featuring characters from the movie!
Join us this festive season, grab your map from the garden shop, complete the trail and quiz and collect your prize!

£2 per map.

⭐️Also Santa’s Grotto every Saturday.

The Walled Garden Moreton, Station Road, Moreton, DT2 8RH Moreton, Dorset.

Disclaimer: Our Frozen trail is in no way affiliated with Disney, and they retain all copyright and ownership of the film and its characters.

Upton Country Park

Santa’s Woodland Grotto! 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, and 20th-24th December. 

Santa returns with some new friends and things to see! This year Santa has left his busy reindeer at home and is bringing along his best elves, helpers, owls and donkeys. Also:

🌟 Light tunnel

🌟 Complimentary hot drink with adult tickets

🌟 Pre-booked and walk-in tickets are available, although booking is recommended.

Upton Country Park, Poole Road, Upton, Poole BH17 7BJ.

Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park

1st, 6th, 8th and 13th to 24th December

Experience the magic of Christmas at Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park this December. Be guided through the festive forest by a jolly Elf to meet Father Christmas in his enchanting Christmas Cabin.

Every child meeting Father Christmas will receive a special SEA LIFE gift.