Make a break for freedom this November, December, Christmas or New Year and enjoy a holiday in Purbeck. Enjoy the bracing fresh air for a walk along one of the beautiful beaches and then get together around a warm fire in a cosy countryside cottage or wonderful large house.
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Purbeck is a magical place to be around Christmas time, making it the perfect destination for getting together with family and friends for a Christmas celebration. Corfe Castle, Swanage and Wareham are particularly picturesque, as they are adorned with colourful decorations and twinkling lights. With the festivities starting in late November, they welcomes visitors with a Christmas cheer that extends through to New Year. There are plenty of local activities to join in with, with a selection of ideas listed below.
Corfe & Purbeck Holidays has a splendid selection of holiday properties which provide the perfect escape for your festive break, where you can enjoy a Christmas to remember with your family and friends.
Christmas in Corfe
Christmas light switch on – 3rd December 4pm
The Carols for Everyone Concert – 8th December 7pm – 9pm. St Edwards Church.
Santa’s Sleigh and Carol Singing – 17th December – 5pm – 6:30pm
Christmas in Swanage
Artisans on the Beach – 26th November – 2nd January. Set on Swanage seafront over the Christmas season, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The beach-huts are taken over by local crafters and tradespeople all looking to sell the ideal creative gifts for you and your loved ones.
Swanage Christmas Market – 3rd December 10am – 4pm
Christmas on Swanage Pier – 10th December – 23rd December. See live music, donkeys, Christmas characters and visit Santa’s Grotto. Find out more.
Candles on the Beach – 10th December 7pm. See Swanage Beach illuminated for a charity event.
Christmas in Wareham
Mayor of Wareham’s Christmas Concert – 26th November. To raise funds for the Allison Campbell Trust. Featuring the Poole and Parkstone Singers singing a selection of festive songs and carols. Plus seasonal sweet treats, prosecco and a raffle. Book tickets.
Christmas Parade with Father Christmas – 11th December 4pm
Steam And Lights At Swanage Steam Railway – December – The steam locomotive and carriages will be covered with brightly coloured lights while the cosy steam-heated carriage interiors will be festively decorated for the one-hour evening round trip passing the historic ruins of Corfe Castle. On board the train, there will be festive music synchronised to the lighting displays passing the carriage windows as well as an informative on-train commentary. Find out more.
Christmas Luncheons – 26th November – 22nd December – enjoy a three hour, steam hauled journey through the spectacular Purbeck countryside whist enjoying a traditional Christmas luncheon. Book your luncheon.
Santa Paws Grotto
4th December – 10am – 3pm. Visit Margret Green Church Knowle Rehoming and Visitor Centre for your chance to have a professional photo opportunity with your four-legged friends.
A Dorset Christmas At The Tank Museum
17th December – 2nd January between 10am – 5pm
Explore the 100 years of history and 300 tanks and enjoy the Frank on a Tank Elf Trail, Christmas-themed 1940s House and Shop and Christmas card colouring. Find out more.
Christmas At Corfe Castle
Lord of Misrule Story Telling – Take a step back to the 17th century where Lord of Misrule will take you on an interactive journey through the ruins of the castle and teach you the games, dances, stories and Christmas traditions of days gone by.
Family Trail – Explore the castle and follow the trail as it winds up through the ruins, and learn about different winter traditions such as plays, decorations, food, songs and feasting from the Stuart era.
Marshmallows, Firepits and Festivities – Take time to relax and enjoy a winter warmer in the seasonal setting of Corfe Castle. Gather around a fire pit with a warm drink from the 17th Century tea-room and toast some tasty marshmallows.
Find out more about the events at Corfe Castle.
3rd – 23rd December – Book your ‘Meet Farmer Christmas Experience’ in the enchanted barn.
9th – 23rd December – Join the Farmer Palmers Christmas Twilight Event from 4.45pm to 7.30pm. Visit the Farm Park ‘after hours’ and bring your children to see our enchanted barn, photo opportunities, panto dame, elves, lots of fancy dress and, of course, the ‘Man in Red’ under a sparkle-filled magical atmosphere. Book your tickets here.
Sail With Santa From Poole Quay
Enjoy a 1.15 hour cruise from Poole Quay that goes around Brownsea Island, Sandbanks Peninsula, Studland Bay and more. Adults can enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie while you listen to Christmas carols playing in the background.
Santa will also be walking around the boat, meeting all the children. Each child will receive a Christmas present directly from Santa. Find out more.
Christmas at Durlston Country Park
Visit Durlston Country Park to join in with a whole host of festive activities! Visit their website.
Crazy Christmas Children’s Activity Trail – Follow the map around the park and help save Christmas! £3 per trail pack.
Kids Christmas Drawing Workshop – Join artist Mark Page in the Learning Centre for a workshop learning to draw robins, reindeer and all things Christmassy! £15
Christmas Card and Cracker Craft – Drop-in and join a Ranger for Christmas craft. £3
Christmas Eve Fancy Dress parkrun – Come on up in your best festive outfit for this festive 5K.
December showing at The Mowlem
In December there are many great films, music performances and a fantastic pantomime! See what’s on.
Christmas At Kingston Lacy
26th November – 1st January – Festive fun at Kingston Lacy, where the fabulously decorated house will showcase Christmas traditions from around the world. There’ll also be workshops for all ages.
Christmas after-dark lights – 2nd – 24th December – Discover sparkling tunnels of light, giant baubles and glistening trees drenched in jewel-like colour.
Find out more about the events at Kingston Lacy.
Purbeck is a wonderful place for a festive break – book yours now!