I am delighted to announce that with last year’s Maritime Light Festival in Poole’s success, we will continue with this in 2023. Due to open on Saturday, 25th November through the end of the year, we look forward to our high streets and Harbour being lit up again!

This attraction features dazzling illuminations that weave through Poole Town Centre from The Lighthouse to Falkland Square, along The High Street, The Old Town, and down to Poole Quay.

There will be a huge array of Maritime-themed lights, musicians, Christmas market stalls, and fair rides – something for everybody to enjoy!

Only half an hour’s drive away from Bournemouth’s hugely successful Christmas Tree Wonderland Lights, why not visit both during your trip to Dorset?

City Cruises will, of course, be participating in the festival and will be lighting up all their boats in Poole and holding daily Harbour & Island Cruises and then from the 1st of December, Santa will return to visit our boats every weekend, and from the 18th – 24th December and will be delivering presents to all those good children out there!

Santa with his elves

Or for the adults, Christmas Parties are starting on the boats from the 1st of December with plenty of fun, food, and festive dancing with our resident DJ. This three-hour party takes you around Poole Harbour past Brownsea Island, Sandbanks Peninsula, and Millionaire’s Row. With the added attraction of the lights, then there really is no better place to celebrate the magic of Christmas than on a City Cruise Boat.