From elves to steampunks – how Weymouth will look this Christmas


On Saturday 26th November, Weymouth is once again hosting its Elf Extravaganza, including the switching on of the Christmas lights!

Weymouth will be filled with elf-themed festivities from hat-making and gingerbread decorating, as well as the town’s second Elf World Record Attempt for the most elves gathered in one place – don your elf fancy dress and come along to be counted.

Pictured above: Event host James O’Neill, from Air 107.2, and Josie Gibson from This Morning at the 2021 Elf Extravaganza

With a main stage of entertainment throughout the afternoon, street performers and a host of shops and eateries all joining in the fun, it’s the perfect festive family day out.

At 5pm the town’s Christmas lights will officially be switched on from the main stage in New Bond Street, shops will offer late night shopping and you can get into the festive spirit and experience Weymouth’s wide variety of pubs and clubs.

Parking in selected Dorset Council Car Parks will be free on 26 November. Car parks are expected to busier than usual, and we encourage to you walk, cycle or use public transport where possible.

The magical and mechanical returns to Weymouth over the weekend of the 2nd – 4th December. Bringing a touch of fantasy to Christmas celebrations there will be Steampunk events for all the family. Visitors can join in or observe with a Steampunk Fashion Show from local students, a Steampunk Christmas Market perfect for one of a kind Christmas gifts, a variety performance to entertain all ages and finally a promenade along seafront to take in the sea air.

Over the weekend of 10th and 11th December, the Weymouth churches will come together to host scenes from the nativity story, a beautiful and interactive way to hear the Christmas story. This festive event will culminate with carols around the Christmas tree in Hope Square, supported by the Salvation Army Band.

The weekend of the 17th and 18th December is all about Santa! The letters written throughout the month will be collected by Father Christmas himself and taken off to the North Pole. Making a pit-stop in his grotto, children can come and tell Santa whether they’ve been naughty or nice! The weekend will finish with the world famous Chase the Pudding and Chase the Elf on Weymouth Beach, hundreds of Santas take part in this festive race, all to raise money for local charities.

Find out more about all of these Christmas activities in Weymouth here