Christmas is coming and Bridport is ready!

The whole town, surrounding villages and visitors to the area are invited to attend the popular Christmas Cheer evening taking place in 2018 on Wednesday  5th December from 4.00 to 8.00pm.   The FREE community event has something for all the family to enjoy. With lots of festive entertainment, it is a time to get in the Christmas mood, find that special Christmas gift and join in the merriment!

  • Carol singing by local schools
  • Lantern procession
  • A free gift will be given to every child that visits Father Christmas in Santa’s Grotto, outside of the Art Centre (kindly sponsored by Toymaster and Groves Nursery)
  • In Bucky Doo Square, outside The Bull Hotel and the Ropemakers there will be non-stop live music from local performers
  • Dance performances inside Electric Palace and outside Bridport Antiques
  • Many shops open for late night shopping
  • 70+ arts, crafts and charity stalls in the Town Hall, Art Centre and Electric Palace
  • The LSI and Alembic Canteen have a programme of events for all to enjoy
  • Bridport museum will be running a raffle, offering refreshments and mince pies, and demonstrating how to make rope from 4pm – 7pm
  • Town businesses will be open offering seasonal refreshment
    • Symonds & Sampson are serving festive drinks and selling cake and have a raffle for a Christmas hamper. All in aid of Duck & Drakes charity
  • Over 30 stalls –  local market traders, food producers and street food lining West, East and South Street
  • The town’s hospitality outlets will be full of Christmas Cheer and good food!
  • Free car parking all day on 5 December in all Council car parks. Throughout December in the afternoon there will be 2 hours free car parking in short stay car parks.

The Event will kick off at 3.45 pm with carol singing by local schools 


Carols by local schools:

United Church

4.00pm                  St Mary’s & Bridport Primary                                            .

4.20pm                  Sir John Colfox Academy

4.35pm                  Sir John Colfox Academy & Burton Bradstock

4.50pm                  Burton Bradstock

5.05pm                  Schools Recorder Group

Bucky Doo 

3.45pm                  St Catherine’s

4.00pm                  Powerstock

4.15pm                  Symondsbury

4.30pm                  Salway Ash

4.45pm                  Loders

Music at Bucky Doo

5.15 – 6.15pm                      St Swithuns Band

6.30 – 8.00pm                     Pop Club

Music outside the Bull Hotel, East Street 

6.00 – 6.25pm                      Declan & Steve

6.30 – 6.55pm                      Elfentale

7.00 – 7.25pm                      Mitch Norman

7.30 – 8.00pm                      Wyld Morris Musicians

Music outside the Ropemakers, West Street

6.00 – 6.25pm                      Shelby’s Elbow

6.30 – 6.55pm                      Wyld Morris Musicians

7.00 – 7.25pm                       Declan & Steve

7.30 – 8.00pm                      Elfentale

Dance Performances at The Electric Palace, South Street    

4.40 – 4.55pm                      Kelci Dance Academy

5.00 – 5.15pm                      Perfect Pirouettes

Dance Performance outside Bridport Antiques, West Street  

6.00-6.20pm                        Bridport Street Dance


4.00pm          Raja Jarrah, storytelling

4.30pm           LSi/Alembic staff and vols, readings and poetry

5.00pm           B-sharp pop up choir

5.30pm           Jane Silver-Corren

6.00pm           Rosa, storytelling

6.30pm           LSi/Alembic staff and vols, readings and poetry

7pm                Dylan Ross, Positive Punk Performance Poet

7.30pm          Raxy Music

Make & Take Activities 4.00pm – 8.00pm

Bucky Doo Events:

5.30pm                  Start of Lantern parade from Barrack Street to Borough Gardens.

6.00pm                  Father Christmas arrives and Christmas Lights switch on by Town Mayor

6.10pm                  Father Christmas Grotto opens

6.20pm                  Winner of the Best Dressed Christmas window to be announced