BRIGHT lights, sparkling trees and maritime decorations are being promised for Poole’s upcoming six-week Christmas festival as several features are announced.

As reported, Poole town centre and the Quay are set to be lit up this festive season as part of the brand-new Poole Christmas Maritime Light Festival.

From November 19 to January 2 residents and visitors to Poole will be able to walk through a light trail that includes sparkling Christmas trees with maritime-themed decorations, a 120-metre under-the-sea light curtain, a giant anchor, and a five-metre-high tall ship.

The event has been touted as Poole’s answer to Bournemouth’s annual Christmas Tree Wonderland.

Bournemouth Echo: CGI of the planned Poole Christmas Maritime Light Festival.CGI of the planned Poole Christmas Maritime Light Festival. (Image: BCP Council/Blachere)

Poole Harbour will also be lit up with Gobo projectors positioned on four City Cruises festive boats, creating illuminating light illusions on the water as a unique feature of the festival.

Santa will also be joining in the festive fun by climbing onboard a boat for ‘Sail with Santa’. The booking only journey will pass Brownsea Island, Sandbanks Peninsula and Studland Bay while guests can enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. Each child on board will receive a Christmas present directly from Santa.

Over on dry land there is entertainment on offer throughout the six weeks, with music filling the streets of Poole as local choirs are set to perform each weekend.

Choirs at Christmas will be performing at locations in Poole throughout the festive period, starting in Falklands Square at 2pm on Saturday, November 19.

Bournemouth Echo: A Tree on the Quay. CGI image of the planned Poole Christmas Maritime Light FestivalA Tree on the Quay. CGI image of the planned Poole Christmas Maritime Light Festival (Image: BCP Council)

Councillor Beverley Dunlop, member for tourism, culture and vibrant places, said: “Poole Christmas Maritime Light Festival will be a spectacular event on land and in the harbour, across the High Street and Quay bringing joy to thousands of residents and visitors every week, at the same time supporting local business and hospitality.

“I'm immensely proud that we have created this new and unique event for Poole of dazzling light installations to bring festive cheer to the town during these challenging times.”

BCP Council also said the lights to be used for the event - as well as those at the light trail for Bournemouth’s Christmas Tree Wonderland - have the lowest level of energy consumption.

South Western Railway and Morebus are the official travel partners for the event.

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