A DAZZLING Christmas tradition in Britain's 'most festive street' confirms WILL continue this year despite the energy price hike.

The Poole cul-de-sac dubbed Britain's most festive street in the national press has confirmed the spectacular Christmas lights will be switched back on this year. 

Although energy costs have increased, residents have chosen to use more "cost-efficient" lights, such as LEDs, to ensure they can keep the tradition going.

The big Christmas light switch-on will take place on the second weekend of December.

John Tuvey, who lives at 48 Runton Road, said he won't be using some of the high-voltage lights due to their high running cost. 

John said: "We will still have the lights, we can't not have the lights.

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Bournemouth Echo:

"I've got a couple of the inflatables that I used to put out which ran through a central heating boiler pump which runs on 250volts, so obviously they won't be going out this year it's too expensive."

Each day the lights begin coming on at approximately 5pm then usually start to be turned off at 10pm however this may be changed to an earlier time to cut on costs.  

John added: "Of course, energy costs are on everyone's mind this year, we might have to make minor changes like turning the lights off slightly earlier at maybe 9.30pm but other than that everything else will be the same as normal."

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"I love doing the lights, it's a really special tradition, it's just the work leading up to it that's the hard part, it takes a lot of time and preparation."

Runton Road in Branksome has become famous for its festive lights, which residents have been turning on annually for nearly 30 years. 

The tradition which started as a friendly competition between neighbours now has hundreds of people attending the big switch on with the event raising thousands of pounds for charity.

At the event, there will be collection boxes raising money for local charities. 

In 2015, Runton Road was featured on BBC’S The One Show when their big switch on was witnessed by millions of viewers.