Following the extraordinary success of the inaugural Christmas Tree Wonderland Festival in 2018, Bournemouth is again getting ready to stage a magical, mystical and memorable event from November 15th 2019 – January 2nd 2020.
There is just a week to go before the centre of town and beyond is lit up by the Christmas Tree Wonderland Trail made up of 100 diverse and dazzling trees, extraordinary illuminations and light installations which run from the seafront and the majestic Big Wheel, through the Victorian Lower Gardens to the bustling Alpine Market in The Square. Bournemouth’s own Wonderland Tree stands 60ft tall with 30,000 individually programmed lights and performs spellbinding musical light shows, enchanting everyone who comes to visit. Meanwhile stunning replicas of international Christmas Trees make a return to the trail, representing Moscow, St Petersburg, Warsaw, Bethlehem and Seattle.
New attractions for 2019 include cascading lights and a very special Santa’s sleigh at the new Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf at Pier Approach; a giant 7 metre golden reindeer outside Beales Department Store in the centre of town where Santa’s Grotto can be found; the crimson red ten-metre Tree of Light in the middle of the Trail and the enchanting , icicle filled Polar Walk, nestled above the uplit bandstand, watched over by Narnia-esque Polar Bears.
Away from the Gardens a gigantic beautiful Instagram perfect walk-through Bauble lights up the Triangle, while twinkling Gingerbread People can be found at the Lansdowne. There will be Festive Fireworks on December 19th from Bournemouth’s iconic pier while outdoor family activities and street entertainment will take place in the town centre every late afternoon and Saturdays until Christmas Eve.
Meanwhile for added festive flourish there is the atmospheric outdoor SKATE rink with its Mogul Bar , hot chocolate and mulled wine at The Alpine Bar , endless Christmas shopping at the Festive Market and for that classic Panto experience, Aladdin at the iconic Pavilion Theatre.