The Christmas period is perfect for spending some quality time with your close ones. Here’s a list of things to do in and around Weymouth over the festive period that will bring a smile to all the family.
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The Christmas Festivities will start on Saturday 1st December with a day of activities across the town
Weymouth and Portland Lion’s Club and Weymouth BID have unveiled plans for their brand-new event ‘Weymouth’s Christmas Present…with a hint of Christmas Past.’
The town centre is set to come alive on Saturday, December 1 with plenty of activities happening throughout the day.
The main attraction will be a giant snow globe outside Debenhams in New Bond Street Square where children and adults alike will be transported into a winter wonderland.
Santa will be in his grotto in Cineworld, a giant Christmas tree will light up the Square and there will be performances on stage throughout the day. There will be entertainment at both ends of St Mary Street and along St Thomas Street, including carol singing and a storyteller cave where children can hear Christmas tales. Ebenezer Scrooge will also try to tempt children with humbugs and cuddly toys.
The event will be opened at 10am by the Mayor of Weymouth and Portland, Cllr Gill Taylor, who will lead a children’s Christmas and nativity parade featuring one of Weymouth’s very own donkeys.
Stalls will be selling Christmas products, and a children’s lantern parade around the town in the afternoon will end in the Square, when the Mayor will switch on the Christmas tree lights.
Giant Gift & Craft Fair 2nd December
For lots of lovely ideas for Christmas Presents, entry free and refreshments in the Pavilion Cafe.
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Dick Whittington – Christmas Pantomime at Weymouth Pavilion – Sat 15 December – Sat 5 January
Following the huge success of last year’s Record Breaking production of SLEEPING BEAUTY, Made-to-Measure Pantomimes return to the Weymouth Pavilion this Christmas with a brand new production of DICK WHITTINGTON!
The rags-to-riches story tells the tale of a boy from Gloucester who travels all the way to London to make is fortune, believing that the streets there are paved with gold! In actual fact, the streets are covered in rats – there’s an infestation of rodents throughout the city and it’ll be up to Dick and his funny feline friend to save the day and overthrow the Mistress of Misery…the Duchess of the Drains… the almighty villain – Queen Rat!
Call 01305 783225 to book tickets or you can book online HERE Celebrate the beginning of Christmas at the lighting up celebration on Friday 1st December in the town centre.
Enjoy the entertainment from 2pm including dance troupes, choirs, singers, a Santa parade and more. Meet the cast from this year’s pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, and join in the countdown to the BIG Christmas light switch-on at 6pm, when the Weymouth’s Christmas tree and town lights will be turned on by the Mayor of Weymouth & Portland and the Panto cast. Christmas stalls featuring mulled wine, hot chocolate, hot chestnuts, candyfloss tubs, sweets and the Cider Flagon Wagon will also be in town.
You can check out the full schedule for the day here.
Also remember parking in WPBC car parks is FREE AFTER 3pm throughout December!
Chase the Pudding Santa Run in Aid of the Will Makaness Trust
Santas, elves, fairies and many other fabulous festive characters will gather together on Weymouth Beach to take part in the annual Chase the Pudding Event (Weymouth Pavilion end) on Sunday 16 December.
Also this year Chase the Elf for under 14s. This is a 2km run to the pier and back.
Everybody is invited to come along cheer and support this colourful festive event on Weymouth seafront starting at 11am, with warm-up and `Santa Stretch’ from 10.45am.
Everyone is invited to enter the event or come along and cheer the runners on. The course is approximately 5km from the Weymouth Pavilion end of the beach to The Groyne at Greenhill and back again.
Entry fees are
£10 (£15 with Santa suit included),
Under 16s £5.00 (come along in fancy dress)
Under 14’s £3 Chase the Elf (MUST be in Fancy Dress)
All race entries and event sponsorship will go to the Will Mackaness Trust.
The ‘Chase the elf’ event running for under 14s will start five minutes after the Chase the Pudding race, and will be half the length of the main race.
For full details please follow this LINK
A festive experience awaits your family with a visit to Santa’s Grotto.
The busy Elves will welcome and escort you to meet Santa, who is awaiting your arrival in his magically created lounge grotto, just like home in Lapland! During their visit with Santa, each child will have time to talk about their Christmas present wishes and will receive a gift as a keepsake of their special meeting. Filled with excitement and an enchanting atmosphere, this year’s Santa’s Grotto is a very merry must.
Tickets Just £2 a child purchased from on the Cineworld Foyer on the day.
Opening times and days
Sat 01.12.18 11 – 5
Sun 02.12.18 2 – 5
Sat 08.12.18 11 – 5
Sun 09.12.18 2 – 5
Sat 15.12.18 11 – 5
Sun 16.12.18 2 – 5
Sat 22.12.18 11 – 5
Sun 23.12.18 2 – 5
Wyke Christmas Street Fayre – Sunday 2nd December – 10.00 – 4.00
Christmas in the Square – 8th and 9th December – in Hope Square, South Harbour Side
Refreshments and snack available at the pavilion cafe.
Every year thousands of people line the harbour at Weymouth to witness this annual Lions event which has become a landmark event for the town. 498 swimmers took the plunge last year, which was a record for the event raising over £20,000 for a whole host of national and local charities.
For more details and the change to take part follow this LINK.