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Christmas on the Quay BID

Santa Claus is swapping his sleigh for a boat for his arrival at Poole Quay.

He will come ashore on the Quay on Saturday 26 November, accompanied by local children all eager to make sure they are on his ‘nice’ list this Christmas.

Father Christmas is the special guest of the recently formed Poole BID (Business Improvement District) which has organised an exciting celebration to welcome Christmas to the Quay.

With local traders running market stalls selling Christmas gifts such as jewellery, craft items and food, and entertainment including carol singing, stilt walkers and magicians, there will be something for all ages to enjoy.

There will also be live music and festive fun as children look forward to Christmas.

For many years Santa was brought ashore by the Poole lifeboat. However, the crew cannot do this this anymore as there is no longer a sea going lifeboat at the Quay. Instead City Cruises Poole will be making sure he lands safely with the RNLI boat and Dolphin 3 charity boat forming a festive flotilla in the harbour.

He will be arriving at 11am and his elves will accompany him as he walks along the Quay meeting the crowds.

Santa will then take up residence in his grotto at the Quayside Emporium, ready to meet youngsters and find out about what they want Christmas.

Jenny Wilde from Poole BID said: “We are delighted that Santa is coming to Poole Quay this year and there will be a wonderful festive atmosphere all day. There will be lots to see and do.”

Many of the town’s businesses have joined together to put on this extravaganza which should put everyone in the mood for Christmas.

She added: “Poole BID is delighted to put on this event, the first of many to encourage people to rediscover the businesses and attractions in Poole.”

The Quay will be closed to traffic from 7am-7pm for the day so families can enjoy the event safely.

For more information visit http://poolebid.com/.