BOURNEMOUTH’S Christmas Tree Wonderland returns tonight.

The festive spectacular returns following a two-year hiatus after Covid restrictions meant last year’s celebrations weren’t able to go ahead as planned.

Here’s your guide on everything you need to know.

Bournemouth Echo:

When does the event take place?

Christmas Tree Wonderland takes place between Friday, November 19, 2021, and Sunday, January 2, 2022.


What is there to see?

The centrepiece of the event is the 60ft walk-through Bournemouth Wonderland Tree which is situated in the centre of the Lower Gardens.

It is one of more than 100 festive-themed illuminations spread across the town. From a giant Santa in Commercial Road to a 10m high colour changing tree in Beale Place and 5m trees of light and parcels in Westover Road, a giant reindeer, curtain of light, waterfalls and polar bears, to the illuminations at Smugglers Cove and a walk-through bauble in Pier Approach.

Read more: Where to see Christmas lights across Dorset and the New Forest

Bournemouth Echo:

What are the themed trees?

They include a glittering Bethlehem Tree, the bauble-stacked Seattle Tree, the South Western Railway St Petersburg tree and the shimmering pink Warsaw Tree.

Where is Christmas Tree Wonderland taking place?

A Christmas trail will take visitors from Lansdowne to the Triangle, Bournemouth Square, the Lower Gardens and the seafront.

Bournemouth Echo: SKATE ice rink reopening

What else is there to do?

The SKATE ice rink returns to the Lower Gardens once again where families can try their best ‘Dancing on Ice’ moves and enjoy a tipple at the Moguls Bar from 18 November.

In the Square, the traditional Alpine market returns selling handmade gifts and sweet treats from 10am till late, and the Alpine Bar opens daily from 11am till late selling mulled wine, spiced cider, hot chocolates and more.

There will be pop up street entertainment across the town throughout December and you might even spot the big man in red wandering around the newly opened Bobby’s in the town centre over the weekends from November 27 and every day during the week leading up to Christmas.

Read more: SKATE ice rink in Bournemouth town centre to return next month

How much does it cost?

The trail is free to enjoy but there's a charge for the skating. 

Anything else I need to know?

There are more than 30,000 programmable lights on the Wonderland Tree.