Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland

Esther Tendai Burt

My name is Esther. I was born and raised in Zimbabwe. I came to the UK, London to be specific in the year 2000. In 2005, I graduated as a psychiatric nurse at South Bank University. I moved down to Southampton in 2006. I did Journalism in 2011 and founded my own publication called DIY Girl magazine. Fast forward, I am now a full-time travel blogger.

Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland

Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland raised Bournemouth’s profile to another level this year. Thousands of people visited the Lower Gardens to witness the magical presentation including glittering teddy bears to smiling gingerbread people.


The Lower Gardens, Bournemouth’s coastal villages (Boscombe, Southbourne, Westbourne) and the rest of the town centre is dazzling with all assorts of colourful displays. The gardens are populated with keen visitors touring the town, day and night.


The rain was pouring as evidenced by some of my photos but the jolly and eager visitors continued the gardens and the town centre at large. I will, however, give you a taste of my tour on what set a memorable experience.


1 Teddy bear


I started my tour from the town square where all the Christmas market huts are. The first thing that welcomed me was this exquisite teddy.

Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland

Teddy bear during the day and at night


I did a double take of this teddy bear and you can see the magnificent effect of the two. Most of my images are double takes. I visited the gardens twice. My first adventure was during the day and the second take was at night. On both occasions, it was like entering a different garden altogether. The presentation looked vibrantly different and more captivation than before.


2 Clusters of Trees

Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland

Clusters of trees located at different places.

Immaculate Clusters of Trees were spotted everywhere throughout the entire garden. Different colours were illuminated at different times.


3 Bournemouth  Wonderland Tree

The towering tree was the cornerstone of the Lower Gardens. People described it as the ‘Bournemouth’s Christmas Tree Wonderland’

Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland



The garden was swamped. At Some point, people were even struggling to freely move around. One resident stated, “ The Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland attracted both local residents and tourist to tour the gardens more than ever before”.


Audio Shows were head every half an hour. Wave 105 FM provided some ‘Music Mix’ all Christmassy-related. What a show indeed. Bournemouth Yellow Busses were named as Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland, spreading the word to many people out there who would have not otherwise known about the mystical presentation at the Lower Gardens.


4 Oslo Tree

I likened this tree to my own Christmas tree at home. The Oslo tree was securely surrounded by boxed-up-like-parcels. I understand the over 100 trees plus collection was a replica of enchanting trees from six cities around the world. The Oslo Tree was the same as the popular tree donated to London every year from the city of Oslo in Norway.


5 Santa’s Grotto

Both children and adults were welcome at Santa’s grotto. The elves and reindeers could not be missed


6 Warsaw Tree

Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland

The glamourous pink Warsaw Tree


I just could not believe how this tree kept changing colours from lines of pink to all pink within seconds. The blushing pink colour was really brilliant.


7 Illuminated Pine Tree Walks

Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland

The lit trees and paths.

Walking through the garden full of lit up trees was like having a dream. The flawless appeal was the pleasant boast of energy that just made me want to keep walking round and round the park.


8 Seattle Tree

Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland

The Seattle Tree

The Seattle Tree was made up of delicate baubles stack up together into a delightful tree shape. This was a truly spectacular presentation.


9 Rockery Trees and Streams of Lights

The waterfalls and rockery trees were all covered with streams of lights. The falls oozed with the flowing bed of lights.


10 Gingerbread People

Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland

Gingerbread people during the day and at night

It was really funny how these two were staged. I called them the female and male gingerbread. When asked why I called them ‘female and male’,  the answer was simple; women like their bows while men cannot do without a stick. Well, that is what I think in my head.


11 Bethlehem Tree

Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland

Bethlehem Tree


The outstanding Bethlehem Tree was teamed up with a black & white hut that had images of Mary mother of Jesus with Joseph and the Shepherd Boy. The other side of the hut had the Three Wise Men.

Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland

The three huts with the night image in the middle of images taken during the day.

I am sure some people would know the stories as illustrated from the Holy Bible. I thought this was a well-thought companion of the Bethlehem Tree.


12 St Petersburg Tree

Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland

St Petersburg Tree


This tree shimmered with a rich blue colour that glowed into the sky. The white star-shaped decorations were amazing. Whether it was during the day or it was during the night, the tree impressed non-the less.


13 Tree of Light

Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland

Tree of Light


Oh my goodness this tree shone bright like diamonds. Gleaming white as snow, this tree could be spotted yards away. If it was by me, I would simply call it ‘Tree of Life’ because it just brought life to the whole garden.


14 Moscow Tree

Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland

Moscow Tree


This gigantic tree lit up the whole town, despite being located next to the Big Wheel (which I am going to talk a bit more about in my next post), outside the garden. I still think it complimented the rest of the trees in Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens. I kept seeing people simultaneously walking straight to the Moscow Tree from the gardens. It was as if people were on a conveyor belt that was taking everyone to one destination that is from the gardens straight to the Moscow tree. The jubilant crowd around the tree seemed extremely astounded by the beauty.


The Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland has made this Christmas an exceptional event to look forward to. Whoever came up with the idea to present the Christmas tree wonderland was very thoughtful (off course we are not talking costs right now…). I am sure people will look forward to spending more time in Bournemouth next year and beyond if similar presentations are delivered next time.


The evening I went out, I saw all kinds of people including people in wheelchairs, crutches etc. This proved that people were just excited, uplifted and grateful to come out and cheerfully witness the great presentations.


Other attractions this year that have taken things to another level are the Ice Rank, the Alpine Market and the two-storey lodge-style bar that I shall talk more about in my next. All organisers involved did an awesome job and I am sure thousands of people would agree with me.


If you have visited the gardens already, let me know what are thoughts. If you have not passed by yet, I strongly recommend you go there and the enchanting illuminations will create memories for life.

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