Poole gets ready for Christmas Shine!

A sea of twinkling lights, a marching band, giant illuminated anchors and even a glimpse of Father Christmas are just some of the highlights when Poole Christmas Maritime Light Trail launches on Saturday. 

This free illuminating trail is returning for five weeks over the Christmas period, thanks to a partnership between Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council and main sponsor Poole Business Improvement District (BID), with further support from South Western Railway.

The festive trail features several maritime light installations in celebration of Poole’s nautical heritage including a tall ship, giant anchor and starfish tree decorations. 

There are also some new installations to delight visitors including a 3D walk through ribbon arch, illuminated tree with a smartphone app interactive element to control the tree’s lights, Poole lettering and icicle lights hanging from the buildings in Poole Old Town. 

On the launch night, Poole BID’s choral singers will be in Falkland Square from 4.30pm as the lights turn on around dusk, with further renditions at 5.30pm outside The Fish Shambles. The Christmas choirs will continue on Saturdays up to 16 December.   

A marching band will also be following the festive trail down to Poole Quay on the launch night, with rumours they’ll be joined along the way by Father Christmas handing out free lollipops. 

Andy Martin, Portfolio Holder for Customer, Communications and Culture said: 

“Our successful working relationship with Poole BID alongside South Western Railway, has enabled Poole’s lights to continue for a second year running which is great news for residents and local businesses – as well as for our visitors, who can come and enjoy a free Christmas light trail. 

“I encourage everyone to come to Poole – especially by train or bus wherever possible – and get in the festive spirit over the five weeks this light trail is on.” 

There will be a pop-up Christmas market in Hennings on the Quay every Saturday and Sunday in the lead-up to Christmas from 25 November, selling a range of festive wares and local produce.  

In addition, Poole BID will be launching a free window light trail competition where you can win a family ticket to see Aladdin in pantomime at Lighthouse, Poole amongst other prizes. 

During December there will also be a window display competition where you can win £100 to spend in the town.

Jacqui Rock, Lead of Poole BID said: 

“Our Poole Christmas Maritime Light Trail will provide a magical experience for locals and visitors alike, with captivating light installations that reflect the maritime theme which extends the length of the town.

“We also have a record number of local businesses participating along the trail route by decorating their store fronts, offering a chance for visitors to win a cash prize to spend in the town, plus a window light trail offering the opportunity to spell out a phrase relevant to Aladdin, Lighthouse Poole’s pantomime this year too. This will all be accompanied by Choirs at Christmas and contributes to the festive atmosphere for a more immersive experience.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors to enjoy this free event and the wonderful shopping experience that our town has to offer.”

With free maritime lights, Christmas choirs, a marching band, festive market and so much more taking place in Poole this year, book a date in your diary to come to Poole now!  

Visit poole-christmas-maritime-light-trail.co.uk to find out more.