Christmas Cracker 2016

Don't miss the Dorchester Christmas Cracker night- Thursday 8th December 2016 from 6pm. There's no better way to kick off Christmas than grabbing something to eat and drink, being spectacularly entertained and ticking some presents of your gift lists.  The local shops will be open late for Christmas shopping and staff will be getting into the spirit of the evening.

It all kicks off at 6pm with family entertainment and music, and then the Christmas lights will be switched on at 6.30pm by Dorset Paralympian Paul Blake at St Peter's Church. There will be a few surprises to keep you on your toes.  James from Wessex FM will be your compere for the evening.

President of Dorchester Chamber for Business, Steve Bulley, is very much looking forward to Chamber's annual event. He said: "The lights will be shining above the streets, Christmas music will fill the air, and laughter will be in plentiful supply."

The Corn Exchange sees the return of the Craft Fair that will take place from 4pm-8pm. Browse the eclectic mix of stalls and produce for your friends and family gifts - with a chance to support local businesses and purchase something unique.

The Anonymous Travelling Market will also be set up along South Street providing festive food, drink and extraordinary gifts from 5pm. The market boasts an increasing array of specialist makers and producers from across the West Country.

Christmas Light Switch on

Dorset's Para Olympic champion Paul Blake, winner of Team GB's 50th Gold medal at Rio, will switch on Dorchester's Christmas lights this year. Dorchester born Paul Blake won Gold in the men's 400m T36 category at the Rio Olympics as well as a silver medal in the 800m. Dorchester BID chairman, John Fiori says: "It's fantastic to have someone who has represented Team GB at the Paralympics, we are really glad he agreed to do it." Rock Choir lead by the Dorset leader Stacey Hobday will perform in Holy Trinity Church at 18:45. They will be singing a set of Christmas songs as well as their usual pop, rock and chart repertoire.

Dorset County Museum - Free Entry & Sci-Fi Characters

Everyone's favourite Science fiction characters will also be back at Dorset County Museum by popular demand. Why not visit the Museum and grab a selfie with characters from the Star Wars, Doctor Who.

Free Parking from 4pm.

Don't forget that the town car parks are free from 4pm (street parking is payable). Please bear in mind the main town centre will be closed to vehicles from 4:45pm, diversions will be in place.

This year's event main sponsor is Kingston Maurward.  Please come and celebrate Dorchester's Christmas Cracker and it's wonderful town and community.

See you there!