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Dorchester Christmas Cracker 2009

Friday, October 30th, 2009
Santa Arrives at Dorchester Christmas Cracker
Santa Arrives at Dorchester Christmas Cracker

Although it is only just the end of October we thought we would remind all of the local businesses and town visitors of this years fabulous Christmas event.

The 2009 Christmas Cracker is being held on Wednesday 2nd december starting at 5pm.

The annual late night shopping event organised by the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating a theme of “A Traditional Christmas” where retailers are invited to dress up their shops and staff in character. There are prizes on offer for the best dressed shop and the most original costume.

South Street, Trinity Street, High West Street and High East Street will be closed off from traffic close from 5pm to allow shoppers to visit a variety of stalls, festive food, gifts, burgers, hot chestnuts, mulled wine and more. The majority of stalls will be situated in High West Street although there will be some in South Street.

The Christmas lights will be turned on by ex-Eastenders star Joel Beckett. Joel played the bad boy with a heart of gold Jake Moon. You may not recognise his name, but Jake has also played other TV roles including Dawn’s boyfriend, Lee from “The Office”, Holby City and Band of Brothers. He is playing the roll of the Wizard of Oz at the Weymouth Pavillion and will be switching the lights on with the Carnival Queen.

For the first time at the Christmas Cracker, the lantern parade will start in High West Street at 7pm and then proceed down into South Street. Father Christmas and his helpers will lead the parade as usual but this year they will be transported with the Recycling Angel and other surprise characters.

There will also be lots of music and entertainment all over the town centre, in the arcades, along South Street, High West Street and Trinity Street with entertainers and characters all adding to the festive fun.

If you are a local trader and want to take part, stalls can be booked from £40 each. Fees are being waived for charities – but it is worth while getting in quick as there are only a limited numebr of stall spaces.

If you are a musical group or entertainer and want to be involved email: for more information.

If you are visiting Dorchester and want to download a route plan or  simply need more information about the Christmas Cracker – visit –

Photos credits: Dorchester Christmas Cracker Gallery

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