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Not Cancelled: What To Do for Christmas 2020 

Events may be getting cancelled all over the place. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun in the Bournemouth area during Christmas 2020. Here’s a few suggestions…

Since there are so many events getting cancelled, and many others putting up restrictions, we have come up with a few things you can still do for Christmas 2020.

Flix Drive-In Christmas Movies

11 Dec 2020-3 Jan 2021, Adventure Wonderland, Hurn

Flix Drive-in Theatre

At the Adventure Wonderland, expect carol karaoke, festive food and drink options, and now winter films to watch on the big screen. From Home Alone to Love Actually and The Grinch, the drive-in has made a Christmas edition to the showtimes. They continue to show Hollywood horror, action and other late-night entertainment options and you can check more showtimes on their website. 

Flix Drive-In Panto

12 Dec 2020-2 Jan 2021, Adventure Wonderland, Hurn

Christmas 2020 Panto Poster

This year’s pantomime brings a unique experience, played out live on a stage and on the big screen. It will be live presented side-stage by Bournemouth’s resident panto comic Noel Brodie. The concept has been pre-recorded by TV and West End actors, and this time follows the story of Cinderella. To book your tickets and see performance times visit their website

Christmas Day Lunch and New Years Eve at The Riviera Hotel

The Riviera Hotel, Alum Chine

Glasses at Riviera Hotel Christmas Edition

The Riviera Hotel presents a Christmas Day lunch special, which includes a Christmas gift and a festive atmosphere at £73 per adult and £35 per child. To celebrate the arrival of 2021, they’re offering four courses plus coffee and music at £65 per person (and due to COVID-19 related restrictions, a maximum of 6 people per family). To book all you need to do is call Reception on 01202 763653.

Magical Fun with ‘Farmer Christmas’ at Farmer Palmers

10-22 Dec 2020, Farmer Palmers, Poole

Christmas at Farmer Palmers

Farmer Palmers are known for their Christmas scenes. However, this year they say they have decided to go BIG! The whole farm is Christmas-themed, and you can count on seeing characters like Madame Claus, Odd Socks the Elf, all the reindeers including Rudolph, Dasher and Dancer. As well as “The Man In Red”.

The experience gives the option of a photo opportunity with Santa, and after the kids get to choose their own Christmas gift at the “Toy Shop”. To buy tickets just visit the Farmer Palmers website. And remember to add on the Child’s Farmer Christmas Experience Ticket, for each child wanting to enter the Christmas Barn. 

Christmas at Aruba, and Breakfast with Santa at Aruba

2-31 Dec 2020, Aruba, Bournemouth

Without the Christmas Tree Wonderland and the limited Christmas Market, Aruba made it their mission to turn their place into a winter wonderland. Complete with all-new décor, performance area, magicians, acrobats, live music, DJs and more — seven days a week!

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a maximum of six people per table can book in. But to make table reservations, you can call them on 01202 554211. Otherwise, head to their website.

Any other last-minute ideas for celebrating Christmas 2020 in Bournemouth, Poole, and Christchurch? Why not let us know in the comments? And don’t forget to follow us on our social channels — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube!

Anmy Pazos Martinez
Anmy is a Journalism student at the University of the Arts London. She moved to Bournemouth five years ago, after leaving her home in Venezuela. Anmy loves travelling, nature and people. She finds writing and investigating all sorts of stories great, but is especially keen on culture and lifestyle. She hopes her stories might bring about positive change, inspire and connect people.

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