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.  In 2023, our very popular community event will be on Sunday 26th November. 

Stall bookings 2023

We have temporarily stopped taking bookings for 2023 as we have reached capacity. Please check back to see if the situation has changed.

Feedback from stallholder in 2022;

“I wanted to straight away say thank you to you and your team for such a well organised, enjoyable event. I know how much hard work goes into these and in my opinion it was carried off perfectly… Most importantly to me as a trader was my takings - Ringwood was 50% higher than {another local event} despite finishing earlier. Ringwood seemed busier and had a much more friendly and family orientated feel. Finally (and again important for us traders) the efficiency with which your team got all of us eager and stubborn traders into position and back out again at the end, despite the access challenges was so smooth {and fast}."

Christmas Window Display competition 2023

We had a record 32 entries for our 2022 Christmas Display Competition and looking forward to seeing some more creative windows again this year to light up the town. Entry is now open, all you need to do is register your interest here


We couldn't run our events without our wonderful and generous sponsors. If you would like information about our sponsorship opportunities, please get in touch with charmaine.bennett@ringwood.gov.uk.


2023 Winter Wanderland Event

We are working very hard behind the scenes to finalise the finishing touches to this years event but we can confirm the following: 

- 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
- Street entertainment throughout the afternoon and stage entertainment from 2pm and NEW community fun zone in the Market Place!
- Performances from Ringwood and Burley Band
-The Polar Express miniature railway!
- Light switch on with Santa at 6pm
- Santa's Grotto

If you'd like to look back at last years event, take a look at our promotional film.




2023 Event FAQs

We expect that the NFDC town centre car parks will be free on the 26th November. They will be busy so we advise you to walk where possible.

We will 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, and of course, Father Christmas himself. 

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

Tickets will be available in advance. Last year they sold out so please buy early to avoid disappointment. 

We will publish the programme a little nearer the time. 

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 BBQ 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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