Feeling festive?

There's Christmas shows, Santa events and festive happenings galore across Dorset this weekend.

Here's our pick of five of the best things to do.

Christmas Cracker, Dorchester

Dorset Echo: Dorchester Christmas Cracker takes place on Sunday, December 10Dorchester Christmas Cracker takes place on Sunday, December 10 (Image: Christmas Cracker)

Dorchester Christmas Cracker will be held on Sunday, December 10 and is being billed as ‘the biggest Cracker day yet’.

It is returning in its new format which takes the event to an all-day affair and this year, running between 11am and 4pm, it promises even more festive fun for the family. 

The county town’s historic high street will be closed to traffic and festooned with food stalls and there will be plenty of entertainment on offer.

Around 150 traders are expected and the star guest will be Paddington the bear.

There'll be a Santa Hat Parade for youngsters - just turn up at the top of High West Street at 11.45am - there will be 200 free Santa hats to give away!

There will be festive music outside St Peter's Church from local choirs including the return of the Rock Choir. A first for this year will be the Twirlers performing at 12.15pm.

There will also be some beautiful classic cars in High East Street - another first for 2023. 


Weymouth's Traditional Christmas Weekend

Dorset Echo: Sing carols by the Christmas tree in Weymouth Sing carols by the Christmas tree in Weymouth (Image: NQ)

On Saturday, December 9, Weymouth churches and businesses will come together to host scenes from the nativity story, as well as undertake crafts. A carol service will be held around the town Christmas tree. 

A Nativity Trail is available from 1pm to 3.30pm, visit locations in Weymouth town centre as they host free crafts and scenes from the nativity story.

Youngsters can create sheep at Hope United Reformed Church, make stars and meet the wise men at St Mary's Church, create angels at the Blue Iris Gallery, meet Mary and take part in crafts at Holy Trinity Church, decorate crowns at the Magpie's Nest and soak up the nativity story at Weymouth Family Church. 

Visit businesses throughout Weymouth on a Christmas Trail and enjoy the window displays, vote for your favourite to be in with your chance of winning some great prizes. The trail continues on Sunday.

This festive event will culminate on the Saturday at 4pm with carols around the Christmas tree in Millennium Square outside the Range with mulled wine on sale at the White Hart.

A Tudor Christmas, Tudor House Weymouth

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The Tudor House on Trinity Street, Weymouth harbour is open for A Tudor Christmas on Saturday, December 9 from 11am to 3pm.

Step back in time to 1600, and see how the Tudors prepare for Christmas as part of this living history experience. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and smells of the Tudor House in Weymouth at the turn of the Sixteenth Century.

Entry is free but donations are welcome.


Picklebottom the Elf Christmas Show, Nothe Fort, Weymouth

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Picklebottom the Elf Christmas Show will be staged at the Nothe Fort on Sunday, December 10.

There will be three shows at 12.15pm, 1.15pm and 2.15pm.

The show comes courtesy of Strawberry Jam Entertainment and will last approximately 30 minutes.

It's aimed at youngsters aged between 3 and 10, but families are welcome. Book online at https://www.nothefort.org.uk/whats-on/


Weldmar Light Up A Life Service, Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth

Dorset Echo: Weldmar nurses with this year's Light Up a Life starsWeldmar nurses with this year's Light Up a Life stars (Image: Weldmar Hospicecare Trust)

This moving service is popular with those who have lost loved ones and want to find a special way of remembering them this Christmas.

Starting at 5pm in Lodmoor Country Park on Sunday, December 10, the service invites people to dedicate a light and join Weldmar Hospicecare for a service to remember those who will be missed this Christmas.