Lantern parade, Christmas pudding chase and snowdome - see what is happening this weekend in Dorset

Bournemouth Echo:

1:30pm Friday 19th December 2014

IT’S beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Here’s our round-up of some of the Christmas lights switch-ons, carnivals and markets taking place in the build-up to the big day.

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Bournemouth Echo: Look out for Santa Claus this Christmas Eve.

11:51am Thursday 18th December 2014

Children looking up to the sky on Christmas Eve might just catch a glimpse of Father Christmas and his sleigh on his way around the globe.

Car park reopens in time for Christmas shopping

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11:00am Monday 15th December 2014

A POOLE town centre shoppers’ car park has reopened after extensive repair works.

Free parking in Wareham for Christmas

Bournemouth Echo:

11:00am Monday 15th December 2014

SHOPPERS across Purbeck will be able to park for free in the run-up to Christmas, in a bid to help retailers boost sales.

Santa, snow and a Rock Choir at Ringwood's Christmas lights switch-on

Bournemouth Echo:

12:14pm Friday 12th December 2014

FATHER Christmas and his elves dropped into Ringwood for the start of the town’s festive season, which also featured a festive market and a flurry of snow on Saturday.

GALLERY: Who needs a sleigh? Father Christmas tours Upton in VW Beetle

Bournemouth Echo:

12:00pm Friday 12th December 2014

HUNDREDS of people turned out for carols and Father Christmas’s tour around Upton during a special event on Wednesday night.

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Bournemouth Echo: Christmas lights on Runton Road in Branksome. Picture by Richard Crease.

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Friday December 12

  • Swanage Railway's Christmas Carol train runs from Swanage, with half-hour carol singing sessions at festively decorated Harman's Cross and Corfe Castle stations - as well as at Swanage on the trains return at 9pm. Tickets are £12.50 adults, £7 for children.
  • Christmas carols at St Francis of Assisi Church in Charminster Road at 7.30pm. The Ringwood and Burley Band and the Bournemouth Symphony Youth Chorus will perform. Tickets cost £6 for adults, £5 for seniors and £3 for under 16s. Call 01425 470370
  • Saturday, December 13

  • Meet Santa on The Green in Southbourne between 10am and 4pm. Booking essential.
  • The Christmas Carnival in Highcliffe from 11am, with a carnival procession along Lymington Road from 6pm. Arrive by 5pm for the procession as Lymington Road will be closed to traffic.
  • Wimborne Save the Children parade, featuring 50 flats. Will leave Cobham in Brook Road 2.15pm before making their way to the Square for 3pm.
  • Verwood's Christmas Extravaganza takes place between 5pm and 8pm.
  • The residents of Runton Road will be switching on their Christmas lights at 5.30pm.
  • Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary's Church in Sturminster Marshall. Free Entry and refreshments all weekend.
  • Sunday, December 14

  • Burton's Carols on the Green event begins at 4pm with the Christchurch and Highcliffe Brass Band. People are asked to bring torches and lanterns.
  • The Great Santa Fun Run takes place from 11am. There will be a choice of two or four mile runs, and everyone will be wearing a Santa suit.
  • Wareham's Father Christmas Parade starts at 4.30pm. Santa will arrive in a mystery vehicle, then climb on the roof of the Red Lion pub and drop down the chimney.

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