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Dorchester Christmas Cracker 2015 – Thursday 3rd December

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Dorchester Christmas CrackerThe main event of this week is Dorchester’s Christmas Cracker 2015 the OFFICIAL start to Christmas in Dorchester! This year looks set to be bigger than ever with lots of festive activities going on.

The date for your diary is Thursday 3rd December 2015 from 5.30pm

  • Dorchester Christmas Lights switch on at St Peters Church at 6:30pm
  • Rock Choir singing from 6:10pm
  • Santa in his FREE Grotto Bus from 6pm outside Lloyds bank.
  • Christmas Craft Fair in the Corn Exchange from 2-8pm
  • Christmas Market Stalls in South Street from 4pm
  • Late Night Shopping throughout Dorchester
  • Dorset County Museum – Free Entry & Sci-Fi Guests
  • Free Car Parking in Council carparks from 5pm


The 2015 Cracker is one of the biggest nights in Dorchester’s calendar and the event sees the switching on of the town’s Christmas lights at 6.30pm by Santa Claus and special guests from the Minions the Movie. There will also be a Rock Choir and music to keep all the family entertained.

Late Night Shopping

As well as all the usual entertainments and amusements, Cracker Night is also an opportunity to do some late night shopping. There will be a large number of local shops, cafes and restaurants staying open into the evening for you to wander round at your leisure. Lots of them will be doing something a bit special, so look out for free giveaways and other exciting things going on all evening!

Clink here for a link to a list of shops staying open on Cracker Night and also late night shopping on the remaining Thursdays in the run up to Christmas –

Christmas Stalls

Cracker Night wouldn’t be the same without all of the charity fundraisers and stalls, creating an authentic Christmas market feel with everything from mulled wine to mince pies and hog roasts. There will also be a Christmas Craft Fair in the Corn Exchange from 2pm-9pm – this year all of the stalls in the Corn Exchange are already sold out – so we are sure there will be lots of festive gift opportunities. In the evening the Anonymous Travelling Market is back and will be located along High West Street, with charity and local stalls located in South Street.

Dorset County Museum – Free Entry & Sci-Fi Characters

This year everyone’s favourite Science fiction characters will be back at Dorset County Museum by popular demand. After you have finished your shopping why not drop in and see characters from the Star Wars, Doctor Who and more – and bring the children to see Father Christmas in his grotto in the Museum’s Victorian Gallery. A small donation is requested, and every child will receive a bag of goodies.

Sci-fi characters at Dorset County Museum

Delicious mulled wine and mince pies will be on sale in the Tea Room and the Museum shop will be open with a range of gift ideas including toys, games, books and jewellery.

Entry to the Museum on Cracker Night is FREE and everyone is welcome. The ground floor galleries will also be open on the night.

Photo Gallery from Dorchester Cracker Night 2014

We Look Forward to Seeing You at Cracker Night!

Dorchester Cracker Night begins at 5.30pm until around 9:30pm on Thursday 3rd December. We’re expecting a big crowd, and hopefully there’ll even be an appearance from Father Christmas himself, accompanied by one or two of his elves and reindeer!

Don’t forget there is FREE PARKING in Dorchester Car Parks from 5pm



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