Ringwood Town Council

Ringwood Winter Wanderland

Ringwood’s Winter Wanderland is a series of events and activities in the Town to mark the festive period.  It all started on Sunday 27th November with our wonderful community event attracting huge numbers to the town. We continue with our 2022 Christmas Window Competition running until Friday 30th December.

Christmas Window Display competition 2022


We have a record 32 entries for our 2022 Christmas Display Competition.

Voting is now open! Use our Wanderland Map to enjoy a fabulously festive walk around the Town Centre and surrounding area and then vote for your favourite three.

Voting closes at 11am on Friday 30 December and the winners will be announced in the New Year.

Vote online here.


We couldn't run our events without our wonderful and generous sponsors. Thank you so much to the following organisations who have supported us so far:

BRIGHTWATER Sales & Lettings
Tapper Funeral Service    
Lonsdale Wealth                 
Kimbers Carpets 
Simply Beauty
The Cellar Wine & Cheese Bar

If you are interested in supporting future event, please get in touch with charmaine.bennett@ringwood.gov.uk.


2022 Winter Wanderland Event


On Sunday 27th November, the 2022 Winter Wanderland event, organised by Ringwood Town Council, took place in the town centre.

The free event attracted large crowds who enjoyed:
- A market with over 60 stalls made up of local arts and crafts, produce, gifts,  charity stalls and a selection of yummy food options.
- Two Santa parades -  at 11:30am  and 5.45pm
- There was a small fairground in Market Place as well as street entertainment throughout the afternoon and stage entertainment from 2pm
- Performances from Ringwood and Burley Band
-The Polar Express miniature railway!
- Light switch on with Santa at 6pm

The event hosted Santa’s Grotto at Ringwood Gateway during the event with Santa’s reindeer and some festive music thanks to Buskerteers Choir - New Forest, Bournemouth, Southampton and Portsmouth

A huge thank you to our Gold SponsorBRIGHTWATER Sales & Lettings for supporting our Santa's Grotto and also to the Rotary Club of Ringwood and Sainsbury's for supporting.

Take a look back and download the programme.

Check out our short film  from 2021!



2022 Event FAQs

NFDC town centre car parks will be free on the 27th November. They will be busy so we advise you to walk where possible.

We have road closures in place from 07.30 to 22.00 to allow the event to take place safely. The following roads will be closed to all except emergency vehicles:

High Street, Market Place (including spurs to Church), West Street, Meeting House Lane (one way street from The Furlong to the High Street), Christchurch Road from Ebenezer Lane to Fridays Cross and Southampton Road from Fridays Cross to Mansfield Rd.  You will be able to access Blynkbonnie Car Park.

The lights will be switched on at 6pm by the Mayor of Ringwood, Cllr Gareth DeBoos and of course, Father Christmas himself. 

This is a free event to attend, there are no tickets to enter. 

This year, in response to visitor feedback, we sold tickets for Santa's grotto in advance and we are SOLD OUT. There will be no tickets available on the day. 

You can view the programme here

We have over 60 stalls booked to attend the market. Many are local traders who make items locally. There will be lots of food and drink options available from a hog roast to pizza, Bratwurst and crepes. 

No, its not a typo! Ringwood Town Council have been involved in organising events to switch on the fabulous town Christmas lights for many years. In 2020 we were forced to cancel the event due to the pandemic, but we still wanted to find a way of supporting local businesses and to spread some festive cheer at a difficult time. One of the only permitted activities for all of us was walking, so we created walking (wandering!) trails around the town for people to enjoy the Christmas lights and window decorations. And so the 'winter wanderland' was created and the name has since stuck!

Call Ringwood Town Council On 01425 473883

or visit our offices at Ringwood Gateway

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