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Weymouth’s BIG Christmas: Lighting Up Celebration Information

Weymouth BID

Monday November 20, 2017

(copied from personal email)

BIG Christmas Lighting Up Celebration – Friday 1st December

Celebrate the beginning of Christmas at Weymouth’s BIG Christmas Lighting-up Celebration on Friday 1st December and make the most of Christmas in Weymouth with FREE PARKING from 3pm every day in WPBC town centre car parks from 1st December until 31st December.  Christmas Entertainment starts at 2pm – full programme online at weareweymouth.co.uk/christmas. Enjoy the entertainment from 2pm including dance troupes, choirs, singers, a Santa parade and more. Meet the cast from this year’s pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, and join in the countdown to the BIG Christmas light switch-on at 6pm, when the Weymouth’s Christmas tree and town lights will be turned on by the Mayor of Weymouth & Portland and the Pantomime cast.

Don’t miss the special opening day ‘£5 FRIDAY’ ice skating offer on the Real Ice Rink, which will be open for all to skate the night away. Be the first to step on the REAL ice and pay only £5 for a 45-minute skate session. Located in New Bond Street the Ice Rink will be open every day (except Christmas Day) from the 1st December- 1st January 2018.

Following the arrival of Santa and his parade, he will take up residency in his grotto in Cineworld where you can find him every December weekend and three days leading up to Christmas Day. Be greeted by his friendly elves and meet Santa in his cosy lounge grotto. Tickets now available online or on the door £5.

The Celebrations Continue on Saturday 2nd December

Weymouth’s BIG Christmas celebrations will continue on Saturday 2nd December when the town links to the national retail initiative of Small Business Saturday.   Parking will be FREE all day on Saturday, in WPBC town centre car parks, visitors are advised to look out for the signs in car parks taking part in the offer.

Revel in the Christmas spirit and make a day of it – meet Santa, skate on the rink, shop by the sea in Weymouth’s range of high street and boutique stores, enjoy Weymouth in winter then relax in one of the town’s cafes, bars or restaurants.  Don’t miss Carols around the Christmas Tree on Sunday 17th December, Silent Disco sessions on the ice on 9th and 16th December and our special ‘Space to Skate’ sessions for families who like the rink to be a little less crowded.

Paul Mills, Event Manager at Weymouth BID said “We have a great line-up of family entertainment from 2pm to 7pm on the 1st December, celebrating the launch of Weymouth’s BIG Christmas, as well as the first day offer on the ice rink of just £5 per session.  Can I also remind everybody of the Road Closures affecting this event, which are in force from 10.30am to 10pm, latest.  St Mary Street (Esplanade to St Edmund Street), New Bond Street, Bond Street (St Thomas Street to Maiden Street), St Thomas Street (School Street to St Alban Street) and St Alban Street (St Thomas Street to Maiden Street).”


Weymouth BID is pleased to announce Asda as the gold sponsors for Weymouth’s BIG Christmas 2017, alongside the participating bronze sponsors.

The team thank ALL sponsors for signing up to participate in what is going to be a fantastic Christmas.


The Weymouth BID Team

About Jim Groves

Retired published Scientist, etc. Vocal and passionate supporter of waste reduction, correct disposal and reduction of plastic pollution.