Christmas Tree Wonderland refresh

Free festive illuminations will light up Bournemouth this winter as Christmas Tree Wonderland returns with a refresh for its sixth year.

The glittering light trail, organised by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council and main sponsor Coastal BID, is on from 17 November – 1 January 2024.

Visitors to the Lower Gardens in Bournemouth, will be greeted with a new 20-metre light tunnel that sets the tone for the updated illuminations.

New additions include projections from lampposts around the Gardens, a lantern archway, flashing light stems, and a new walk-through Christmas present.

This year the (60ft) 3D walkthrough tree will be dressed with decorations in the shape of Christmas trees. At night, visitors will be treated to laser lights shooting out the top amid the new white lights of the tree.

These new and revised additions will be joined by old favourites such as the Seattle and Kyiv trees, the Bethlehem scene, ceiling of light, giant reindeer and the beloved Santa.

Councillor Andy Martin, Portfolio Holder for Customer, Communications and Culture, BCP Council said:

“Christmas Tree Wonderland initially represented a five-year investment in Bournemouth Town Centre, and I’m delighted we’ve been able to secure a one-year extension this year.

“We know people may be struggling with the cost of living, but this free light trail gives everyone the chance to come and enjoy the lights and really get into the festive spirit, making some great memories along the way.”

Fiona McArthur, Manager of Christmas Tree Wonderland’s main sponsor, Bournemouth Coastal BID said:

“We are very pleased to ensure that Christmas Tree Wonderland will return for 2023. The event provides Coastal cheer to thousands of residents who come to see the lights, it also attracts many overnight guests from out of the area, who stay in our Coastal BID hotels. This event generates significant income for those businesses, and we will continue to listen to them and support their best interests.”

Further support for Christmas Tree Wonderland comes from South Western Railway.

Richard Barker, Partnerships and Events Manager for South Western Railway, said:

“Christmas Tree Wonderland is an incredible family event, and South Western Railway is eagerly anticipating collaborating with BCP Council to ensure its resounding success.”

So plan your visit to Christmas Tree Wonderland and all the other festive attractions in Bournemouth ahead of time, and make it a Christmas to remember!

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