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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

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aRecent weeks have seen cities across the UK, including Bournemouth, transform into winter wonderlands. Around two weeks ago, the Christmas Market made a return to Bournemouth town centre and will remain here until January 4th.  The stalls are usually the same every year meaning the famous Moose Bar also made its return to make visitors and locals feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I have never really been to the Moose Bar but I do particularly enjoy its presence especially when the Moose voices something when you’re walking past – this can be rather amusing. I’ve also seen people with really pretty mugs in the shape of a boot that has Bournemouth inscribed and Santa painted on it – this may possibly persuade me to finally go to the Moose Bar for some traditional mulled wine and the boot mug, of course. However, my favourite feature of the market is undoubtedly the small alpine sheds that form the stalls. It’s truly what gives Bournemouth Square that cosy, winter wonderland atmosphere.

bThen last Friday Bournemouth was finally brightened up with that Christmas sparkle after the Christmas lights were switched on. If any of you were in town for the event then you will remember how crazily busy it actually was. It was this that actually made it official – it’s that mad but wonderful time of the year again. Frome now on, Bournemouth will be swarming with shoppers at the weekend who are busy finding the perfect gift for their loved ones. Many of you are probably among these eager shoppers, especially if you’re heading back home to spend Christmas with your own loved ones. Some don’t like the rush of this season but others live off of it – Surely the rush is part of the overall Christmas experience though? If some of you aren’t feeling festive then we at WCE have the perfect way to get you in the spirit and yes, it’s with us!

cUnfortunately, the festive fun at WCE won’t begin this week as planned but we will be holding a DIY Christmas Cracker event next week on Friday 12th December before we all go our separate ways for Christmas. If you want to come and make your own Cracker please join the event here! We thought this would be the perfect event because you can’t get anymore British than pulling a cracker at Christmas plus you will be able to show your family and friends back home your creation. There will also be some Christmas songs and seasonal snacks at the event to feed your creativity. Did you know that this tradition dates back to the mid-nineteenth century? So, it’s been around in the UK for a very long time. A cracker comes in the shape of a large sweet because it is said that the creator was a sweetshop owner and used the idea to promote sweets. Within the next week we will also be releasing a Christmassy WCE video to celebrate everything – you guys, our hard work, the year etc. After all, Christmas/ December is known as a time for reflection and recognition as well as a time of happiness and love. We will keep you posted with more details about the event in the following week and we hope you can join us rockin’ around WCE, letting the Christmas spirit ring! 😉

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