It’s that time of year again! Dorchester Christmas Cracker will take place on Thursday 5 December. The date has been set, Santa’s been told and every­one is busy making sure the magic will happen again this year.

Head into town for late-night Christmas shopping, seasonal entertainment, festive food and other delights. As every year, someone special will be making an appearance to press the magic button and turn on Dorchester’s Christmas lights.

The churches in High West Street will open their doors from 5pm, with a carol service in St Peter’s Church and plans for a gospel choir to perform in Holy Trinity.  Both churches will be serving mulled wine and mince pies.

The organisers are hoping there will be a similar event to last year’s lantern parade from Brewery Square to the Corn Exchange, when children carrying lanterns made in a special workshop.

There will be a special Victorian Christmas taking place in the Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum in High West Street, with mulled wine and mince pies available from the Shire Hall Cafe and the New Hardy Players singing carols in Victorian costume.

Judge Santa will be holding court from 4pm, checking children’s performance over the year and giving out presents to those that have been good!

The Christmas Craft Fair will again be taking in the Corn Exchange from 4pm to 8pm. Don’t miss your chance to discover that ideal Christmas gift from the range of finest crafts, home accessories, jewellery, clothing and home-made items on display from selected local traders.

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