The successful Winter Wonderland the town has welcomed for the last two years has been put on hold amid the Coronavirus pandemic, and instead a Covid-conscious seven-week long event (13 November to 3 January) is planned to celebrate the festivities.
The event will see the return of the Bethlehem tree, the much-loved reindeer and other lighting installations. In order to maintain a steady flow of visitors for safety reasons, there will be fewer market stalls in The Square and the alpine bar will be a single-storey open-air attraction. Due to constraints around social distancing, the ice rink will not form part of the town’s offering for 2020 but is set to reappear in 2021.
Cllr Vikki Slade, (former) Leader of BCP Council, said: “We are so excited to be able to host these forthcoming celebrations in Bournemouth; all of which have been made with the wellbeing of our residents and visitors being our highest priority. We will be announcing plans for Christchurch and Poole in the coming weeks, as plans are finalised.”
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