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  1. Bournemouth Christmas Market

    Bournemouth Christmas Market
    With the weather getting chilly and the days getting shorter, Bournemouth transforms from a beach resort to a winter wonderland! The lights are going up, the Moose Bar has landed and Christmas spirit is all around. What To Expect From Our Christmas Market? Bournemouth’s annual Christmas market is always alive with different sights and smells and brimming with new and unusual curiosities. Inspired by Germany’s traditional “Weihnachtsmarkt” you will see row upon row of little Alpine chalets selling seasonal treats and treasures from around the world.  From the 12th November right up to the 3rd January you can indulge in a festive shopping experience like no other. Continue reading →
  2. 5 Ways To Spend Your New Year's Eve 2014/15

    5 Ways To Spend Your New Year's Eve 2014/15
    Where ever you are in the world, you will never be far from a New Years celebration when the 31st December rolls around. Not everyone celebrates Christmas, but we can all enjoy a good party and New Year always is. If you're not sure how to spend yours this year then have a look at the video that we've put together...
  3. The Coca Cola Truck Is Coming To Town!

    The Coca Cola Truck Is Coming To Town!
    We all know that it’s not Christmas until you’ve seen the Coca Cola truck on TV! Why not go one better this year and see the Coca Cola truck in real life? Coca ColaHolidays are coming and so is Santa’s second favourite mode of transport (nothing can compete with his beautiful sleigh)! Where Did The Coca Cola Trucks Come From? Coca Cola’s Christmas trucks were first introduced in 1995 by W. B. Doner as part of a seasonal advertising campaign. They were dubbed the ‘Christmas Caravans’ and brought to life with glorious special effects from “Industrial Light And Magic” famous for their work on silver screens  hits such as Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Images of a very warm and friendly looking Santa, drawn up by artist Haddon Sundblom, graced the sides of the trucks. In 1996 the trucks returned to help Coca Cola launch their new Christmas packaging which featured the beloved Santa imagery that had brought festive joy to so many a year earlier. In 1998 the now world famous trucks appeared again in another advert for the soft drinks company. The ‘Christmas Caravan III’ advert was broadcast in over 100 countries across the world, reaching an audience of millions. Even to this day it signifies the start of the holiday season for many people and brings festive joy to plenty more. Continue reading →
  4. The White Christmas Dip

    The White Christmas Dip
    Here in Bournemouth, we like to start our Christmas days a little differently. Rather than turning up the heating or lighting the fire and Christmas Dipsitting down to open presents in our PJ’s, we prefer a mad dash into the sea! What Is The White Christmas Dip? This year will mark the 7th annual White Christmas dip, a charity swim that raises funds for Macmillan Caring Locally. Each Christmas morning people don their fancy dress costumes and gather in their hundreds to support this fantastic cause. Each year has brought more and more people to the shores at Boscombe pier to take part and this year will be no different. The idea for this event was inspired by the Spartans of Bournemouth who take to the sea each Sunday morning between October and April. Their Christmas swim had become something of a tradition so on the cold Christmas morning of 2008 John White, along with his son and nephews dug out some fancy dress and headed down to Boscombe pier. To their disappointment they found it empty and after a 30 minute wait decided that they would bite the bullet and run in by themselves, joined by passing cyclist Andy Corbett. Seeing how much everyone enjoyed their mad endeavour, John’s nephew Tommy Baker decided that is would be the perfect way to get everyone together on Christmas day. The following year they took to the sea once again for their Christmas dip, but this time with even more of their friends and family members. It was at that point that an opportunity to raise money was recognised. They could all get together as a family and at the same time help a charity with donations and with that, the White Christmas Dip was born! Continue reading →
  5. Christmas Street Party Guildhall Southampton

    Gather all far and wide for the time is upon us… it’s party time! All of you who are residence of Southampton it’s time to be excited and buzzing with joy as it is time for the Christmas street party at the Guildhall square in Southampton! This is a fantastic time of year where neighbours, families and friends can all celebrate...
  6. Funny Gifts And Stocking Fillers

    We all like a good laugh at Christmas time; it is what brings the whole family together. From the teasing about eating the sprouts to the cheesy jokes in the Christmas crackers, we laugh in good spirit and that’s what makes it the most wonderful time of year. No matter what friend or family member you’re buying for, there is always room for a bit of tactical humour. Fill their stockings with funny festive tricks and treats to put a smile on everyone’s face. Do you know someone who likes to get on the wrong side of the law or often gets mistaken for some that does? We have the perfect present for them! How about a Joke ASBO that you can issue to them personally? This hilarious novelty item looks official with its seals and stamps; that is until you begin reading. There are different “offenses” to choose from too ranging from having awful taste in music to always being late!sm-27609-penguin-party-poncho-costume stocking If your recipient loves the great outdoors then we have just the thing for them! One of our fantastic waterproof party ponchos will put a smile on anyone’s face. With a huge range of designs to choose from you’re sure to find something to suit that festival goer in your life. We have zebras, leopards, giraffes and tigers. There are cows, ducks, frogs and parrots too. We even have one shaped like a flower!  Do they love or hate a particular animal? Did they have a bad experience at a farm? They need one of these! Continue reading →
  7. Time to start thinking about your Christmas & New Year party

    It is time to start thinking about your Christmas & New Year party. We can all host a great party where the alcohol flows and the party food is rolled out. But, what makes an exceptional party? If you take a moment to consider all the parties you have ever been to the best ones tend to have: Fancy Dress...
  8. Hollywood's Late Night Opening!

    With all that Christmas shopping you’ve been doing, it’s hard to find time for anything else! Have no fear this festive season; you don’t need to be rushed off your feet. Hollywood are here to take the stress out of shopping, with longer opening times over the holidays so you can squeeze as much festive fun into your day as...
  9. The Big Christmas Countdown

    One Month to go Crimbo Reindeer JumperThe Big Christmas Countdown is now well under way, there is now less than a month to spare before the big day. If you’ve yet to do any preparation at all, then don’t despair: there is still time to take care of everything – but only just. You should now do any online shopping you plan on doing. Christmas is the busiest time of the year, not just for traditional retailers, but for online ones, too. While most of them promise to deliver within a matter of days, you should always plan for the worst. Errors can happen and if you leave it until it’s too late then these errors cannot always be rectified. The last thing you want is no present at all. If you still haven’t got one, now is a good time to buy your Christmas jumper. Wrap your presents Not only does buying presents early safeguard against the doomsday scenario of not having any presents at all, it also affords you with plenty of time in which to wrap them. In order to save more time, you should always try to wrap gifts as they arrive, for two reasons. Firstly and most importantly, it will prevent members of your household from discovering their presents before the big day; and secondly, in order to avoid the annual panic-stricken present-wrapping session on Christmas Eve. Continue reading →
  10. Have A Laugh This Christmas

    Christmas is a time for joy and laughter, so don't forget to come and see us here at Hollywood! We have a huge range of funny costumes as well as joke and novelty gifts so come in out of the cold and warm yourself with a good laugh or two. If you're in need of fun and festive fancy dress...
  11. Doing It For The Kids

    Doing It For The Kids
    On the 12th of December the organisation ‘Save the Children’ is holding a “Christmas Jumper Day” to raise funds for their cause. The eventsave the children logo is now in its third year and has so far managed to raise more than £1.6 million, so let’s see how much we can boost it by this year! Who Are 'Save The Children'? Since the early 1900's all the way up to this day Save the Children has been working to help children and families from Britain and all across the world through war and times of famine. With no political agenda and a philosophy to help anyone one in need regardless of their colour, country or belief they have saved millions of lives. In 1919 Eglantyne Jebb and her sister Dorothy Buxton decided that campaigning for children's' rights just wasn't enough and at a public meeting at The Royal Albert Hall the Save The Children fund was created. While Dorothy concentrated on political campaigning, Eglantyne made it her mission to make children's rights and welfare a major issue across the globe. When her 'Declaration of the Rights of the Child' was adopted by the forerunner of the UN, The League of Nation's and managed to inspire the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, everything looked to be very promising. Continue reading →
  12. Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!

    Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!
    ChristmasChristmas music is a lot like Marmite, you either love it or you hate it and here at Hollywood, we certainly do love it! Our stores will be blaring festive music all season long, so get on board and make your own Christmas playlists. There are literally thousands of festive tunes to get you through the winter. If Classical is your cup of tea then there are traditional carols galore to relax to by the fire. For something nice and soothing try the gentle voice of Bing Crosby with “White Christmas”.  If you like your music a little funkier then you’re in need of some 80’s pop holiday hits from the likes of Slade. You can’t even be too metal to like Christmas music as there are hundreds of metal covers and even some original tracks too like Twisted Sister “Heavy Metal Christmas” which is a play on the 12 days of Christmas. Here are our top 10 Christmas songs: Bobby Helms “Jingle Bell Rock” So this song might make you think of Mean Girls or even that “adult” version but put that out of your mind, because this is the original and best! Every line of this song just shouts Christmas and we all know it’s one you can dance to. The repetition and simplicity of this song make it so catchy that you can’t help sing it all season long. Bing Crosby “Winter Wonderland” That beautifully smooth voice and catchy tune make this is a song you can listen to all winter long without the guilt of dragging out the Christmas songs. This is a tune that makes you feel warm inside, like any good Christmas song should. A must have to any festive playlist.Christmas Mariah Carey “All I Want For Christmas Is You” What do you get for the lady who has everything? You, apparently! A beautiful message that all you need is love at Christmas time and sung by the lovely Madame Carey too, what’s not to like? We all know that this song gets sung in jest to friends and co-workers at the office party more than eligible lovers, it is just a great feel good Christmas anthem that you have to love! Slade “Merry Xmas Everybody” Now, this is a good Christmas tune in its own right, but we all listen to it in anticipation of hearing singer, Noddy Holder, shriek “It’s Christmaaaaaaaaaas” We always get it wrong, we know we do, but we like to play the game (SPOILER: It’s at the very end of the song) It’s a typically British song, perfect for a good old fashion British Christmas. Continue reading →
  13. Christmas At Hollywood

    If you’re stuck for ideas on what to wear this Christmas, then look no further! Here at Hollywood we have a huge range of costumes to help you through the festive season. Whether you’re looking for something for work or play, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for in store today! For those that are after luxury, you...
  14. Bournemouth Christmas Festival

    Bournemouth Christmas Festival
      There is nothing more magical than Christmas time. Just the thought of it can warm you right to the core. Here in Bournemouth there is plenty to keep you in the festive spirit the whole way through the season, so dig out your Christmas hats and come on down to town. Shopping In the heart of Bournemouth you will find the German inspired Christmas market. Here you will be greeted with huts selling all manners of delights; from warm chestnuts to cosy clothing. This year features some stunning jewellery, gorgeous leatherwork and beautifully handcrafted sculptures and ornaments, perfect for those extra special Christmas gifts. If you get peckish with all that shopping then you’re in for a treat! Delicious aromas fill the air with traditional German bratwurst, a scrumptious hog roast and a huge array of confectionary available fresh from the stalls. Christmas FestivalDrinking If you’re in need of a break, or if the ladies need a place to park their husbands while they shop, then we have our very own Christmas staple, The Moose Bar! A traditional Alpine style bar with a beer garden serving up German lagers and warm mulled wines all under the watchful eye of an enormous joke telling moose! Enjoy a tipple out of the well know festive boot mugs or delve into all the Christmas spirits! This year, be in with the chance of winning a cash prize by taking a photo of yourself at the Moose Bar in your Christmas outfit and uploading it to S&D Leisure’s Facebook page! Don't forget to pop into Hollywood to find yourself the perfect costumes and accessories to help you win! Continue reading →
  15. Christmas Jumpers 2013

    Christmas Jumpers 2013
    Get festive this Christmas and keep all warm and snug with an awesome Christmas jumper! Be the most stylish person around in these incredible jumpers! Fancy Reindeer's dashing through the snow? Then this awesome 'Crimbo Reindeer Jumper'. Why not try out this astonishing 'Crimbo Snowman Jumper'? Or why not be a bit different this Christmas and try out this awe-inspiring...
  16. 2013 Christmas Onesies

    2013 Christmas Onesies
    Want to snuggle up and be nice and cosy this Christmas?  Then go for our new range of Christmas Onsies we have had arrive this year. To start with we have the main fella himself-Father Christmas, looking rather jolly in bright red with soft fluffy white trim to distinguish his jacket and around the hood.  Not forgetting the pom pom...
  17. Christmas Opening Times

    Christmas Opening Times
    Only 15 days to Christmas left! If you are just starting to Christmas shop then do not panic! There is still time to get your desired gifts. Due to it being the Christmas season and such a festive period we have exclusive opening times to inform our loyal customers about! So for all you last minute shoppers take a look...
  18. Two Days Until Late Night Shopping!

    As we are recovering from the crazy deals that the manic 'Black Friday' gave us, there is another impressive evening you need to note down on your calendar! Thursday 5th December (that's right- two days left!) we have an exclusive late night shopping evening! Now this event is taking place in all three of our shops- so there is no...
  19. Exalt This Christmas In Style!

    Exalt This Christmas In Style!
    It's official it is 29 days to Christmas- that's less than a month! But for you lucky shoppers finding your perfect Christmas costume has never been easier. We have an entire festive, Christmas range to offer- such as our popular fever range! If you are looking to dress as a celestial being than try our gorgeous Heaven Sent costume. Want to...
  20. Late Night Fancy Dress Shopping

    Late Night Fancy Dress Shopping
    Christmas is coming! To help countdown to Christmas we have an exclusive late night shopping evening! This evening is taking place on the 5th of December 2013, opening at 10am to 8pm. Grab your Christmas goodies and costumes and take advantage of this late night opening! From hundreds of costumes to choose from, including bargain Santa's and elf's starting at...

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