Christmas Cracker 2017

Christmas in Dorchester starts when the lights are switched on at St Peter’s Church at 6:30pm so please join us for this year’s Dorchester Christmas Cracker. Once again, we will have the Christmas Market in South Street, put together in partnership with the Anonymous Travelling Market. The Craft Fair will once again be in the Corn Exchange from 4pm giving everyone a chance to nd those unusual Christmas gifts and support local businesses. We are very grateful to our main sponsor, Kingston Maurward.

So please make your way into town and enjoy all Dorchester has to ofer. A huge thank you to St Peter’s and Holy Trinity Churches for opening their doors. The shops will stay open later for Christmas shopping and shop staff are encouraged to enter the Christmas spirit by donning fancy dress. The order of the evening will be fun, fun, fun.

When times are not as easy as they might be, we all need something to lift our spirits. The lights will be shining above the streets, Christmas music will fill the air and laughter, the best medicine of all, will be in plentiful supply. It just remains for me to wish you, your families and your friends, a very happy, warm and safe Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Steve Bulley
Chairman, Dorchester Christmas Cracker Committee

Christmas Light Switch on

This year the switching on of the town's Christmas lights will be done by the Paw Patrol! TV's popular Fire and Police pups will take to the stage at 6:30pm to press the magic button to illuminate Dorchester and will be available for photographs afterwards. There will also be live music to keep all of the family entertained from the Rock Choir.

Dorset County Museum - Free Entry & Sci-Fi Characters

This year everyone's favorite Science fiction characters will be back at Dorset County Museum by popular demand. After you have finished your shopping why not drop in and see characters from Star Wars amongst others - and bring the children to see Father Christmas in his grotto in the Museum's Victorian Gallery. A small donation is requested, and every child will receive a bag of goodies.

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 3:30pm, 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!