December’s famous Bournemouth Christmas market has been returning to the town centre since 2007. The festive market in Bournemouth has experienced many changes in the past.
2007: The Christmas market was opened in Bournemouth for the first time running. The previous “German market” that sparked a lot of of popularity was halted and the new “Alpine market” was opened.
2009: New organisers, S&D Leisure, began to take over the Bournemouth Christmas market. The plan was to focus on providing a market that attracts families by giving the town a fresh appearance. This year saw the German Alpine bar be installed.
2010: The Alpine market returns for another Winter season. A total of fifty stalls were installed, including bratwurst stands, which is still living on six years later.
2011: The traditional “Weihnachtsmarkt” German market was reinstalled during this year. The stall holders were recognised as top class sellers.
2012: New additions were added to the market. Entertainment including carol singing was provided, as well as a stage.
2013: Local news breaks out about Bournemouth’s Christmas market, stating that stall traders have not been reaching their target sales due to people spending less money than usual. An addition of a new ice rink was installed, as well as Santa’s grotto for the children.
2015: The market receives comments of disapproval from local residents, regardless of the new innovations of the Santa Express train to entertain children and families.
2016: Bournemouth Borough Council declare their wish to have a new operator for the market due to disappointed feedback received previously. They are on the search for multiple suppliers to come forward. There are plans to expand the Christmas market by adding extra activities.
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All photos taken by Celine Byford