Christmas in Dorset

What could be better than a family Christmas? A family Christmas in some of the most inspiring places in Dorset, that’s what.

A father and daughter enjoying the Christmas lighting at Corfe Castle

Festive Glow - 4 December to 3 January

We’ve got the biggest and brightest set of Christmas lights in town and everyone is invited to come and enjoy them with us. This year, for the first time ever, Corfe Castle is open after dark so the spectacular lighting effects, blazing medieval beacons, contemporary lanterns and braziers can be enjoyed up close.

Father Christmas visits Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy at Christmas 

You can relive your childhood and discover what Christmas was like at Kingston Lacy as you get wrapped up in the stories and plays written by Daphne, Viola and Ralph Bankes. After dark the garden will be transformed thanks to a magical illuminated trail.

A family group at the Coastguard Hut in Studland Beach

On the Christmas trail

Presents and parties are fine but time spent together is what really makes Christmas special. Escape the crowds and focus on what really matters at Studland Beach.

The parlour room at Hardy's Cottage

Tranter Dewey's Christmas Party at Hardy's Cottage 

A celebration of Midwinter and the Christmas season with carols, folksongs, poetry and readings from the works of Thomas Hardy. Performed by Tim Laycock and fiddler Colin Thompson Thomas Hardy's cottage near Dorchester will come alive with the sound of traditional Christmas carols, folksongs and readings from the works of Thomas Hardy.

Snow covered quay Brownsea Island

Winter on Brownsea Island 

Brownsea Island has limited opening over the winter for winter walk events, Poole Harbour bird boat visits and for pre-booked groups.

A torchlit procession

Christmas on Stonebarrow 

Join us for a Christmas event on the Golden Cap Estate. There will be activities for children and hot food and drink, followed by a torchlight procession and bonfire. This is an outdoor event so please dress appropriately for the winter weather. It can get pretty chilly up on Stonebarrow after dark so wear something warm and don't forget a torch.

Watching sunrise on the Winter Solstice at Old Harry Rocks

Winter Solstice at Old Harry Rocks and Corfe Castle 

Experience the opportunity to watch the sun rise on the shortest day of the year from Corfe Castle or Old Harry Rocks. Corfe Castle opens 7.15am - 9am. Tickets £10, including a voucher for a hot drink and breakfast bap (vegetarian sausage, sausage or bacon) served outside in the castle grounds. The Old Harry walk includes breakfast at Knoll Beach Café, all for £15. Transport is available for the less able, please request at the time of booking.