Eliza with Santa
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Sailing with Santa and City Cruises Poole

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December 21, 2018

There is one Christmas day out that has become an annual event since 2015 for us, because we love it so much – Sail with Santa around Poole Harbour.

Every year, Santa takes a break from all of his hard work in the North Pole to join City Cruise Poole for a trip around Poole Harbour, passing Brownsea Island, Sandbanks Peninsula, Studland Bay and more. 

However, it is not just Santa onboard, but family favourite Dr Balloonman who provides the entertainment and magic to help get the big man on board.

Adults get to enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie whilst the kids enjoy a zany and interactive balloon modelling performance or a magic show, if Izzy Wizzy is providing the entertainment, whilst the kids are provided with a drink and a biscuit.

This year, Dr Balloonman made a fantastic penguin balloon and the now infamous wand, that is used to magic someone very special onboard, but only after some party games to choose who will perform this very special spell.

When you book the Sail with Santa Cruise, you provide the team with the kids names and ages, so they can ensure that Santa gives them an age appropriate gift and as per previous years, we were very impressed with our presents.

Whilst Santa is meeting his adoring fans and hearing about what they want for Christmas, Dr Balloonman is busy making every child a balloon gift to take home too.

The Sail with Santa cruise leaves from Poole Quay and lasts for 1 hour and 15 minutes. It costs £16.50 per person with under 2’s free

It really is a fantastic day out for all ages, but beware – the adults are positively encouraged to join in the games too!!

Disclaimer: We were guests of City Cruises Poole for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

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    December 21, 2018

    oh wow this sounds like such a memorable experience. such a unique thing to do this time of year!! xx

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    December 21, 2018

    Oh this looks like so much fun! I can tell from the photos this had such a great vibe 🙂 I bet the kids loved it!

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    Danielle Wolter

    December 21, 2018

    This looks like such a fun time for the kids! And I’ll bet its so nice going around the harbour!

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    December 21, 2018

    That looks like so much fun! I’ve never thought of being on the water when I think of Santa, but I love the idea!

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    December 21, 2018

    This does look like a lot of fun and I dont think ive seen a more perfect Santa!

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    December 22, 2018

    How fun is this? I bet my son would absolutely love to go on a ride with Santa!

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    December 22, 2018

    What a cute idea! Wish we had something like this near us!

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    December 22, 2018

    What a lot of fun you all clearly had!! I’ve never seen any cruise like this before, especially with Santa!

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    Tiffany Barry

    December 22, 2018

    What a neat Santa event! We don’t live near water, but we do have some old southern plantation houses that do breakfasts/brunches with Santa.

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    December 22, 2018

    What a cool concept for the kids. Sail with Santa. Looks like you guys had a great time. Thanks for sharing

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    Yeah Lifestyle

    December 22, 2018

    We have never been on a Santa cruise before and this sounds like a great event for the kids and the whole family as well.

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    December 22, 2018

    This is a great idea for a Christmas Day out. Love the Christmassy costumes.

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    December 22, 2018

    Oh my goodness what a fun activity! I would never think of Santa as being on a boat but I think kids would absolutely love it!

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    December 23, 2018

    haha balloon man! i love balloons. sounds like a great and fun time for the kids and whole family!

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    December 23, 2018

    This sounds like such a fun time! I can see why it’s become a tradition. It’s really unique.

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    December 23, 2018

    My children love a boat trip as it is. Throw in some kids’ entertainment and the big man himself, and they’d be beside themselves.

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    December 23, 2018

    This looks like so much! My kids would love this!!

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    Jasmine Hewitt

    December 24, 2018

    this looks like a lot of fun! need to find something similar here

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    Shannon Gurnee

    December 24, 2018

    I bet that was so much fun for your family! I would love to experience this someday. Thanks for sharing.

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    December 24, 2018

    What a super tradition to have! I spent some time in Poole a few years back at the RNLI Lifeboat College doing training. It’s a lovely place 🙂

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    December 24, 2018

    looks like a ton of fun to celebrate the holiday season as a family… glad you had a good time!

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    Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    December 24, 2018

    This looks like a great way to get some festive spirit and get into the party season. All kids love balloons and magic!

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    December 25, 2018

    This is certainly my type of stuff! Will do it for sure!

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    Katrina Ellen

    December 26, 2018

    This looks like it would be so much fun. I have been on a few cruises but I would totally consider doing something like this!

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    December 28, 2018

    Spending quality time and establishing tradition with the kiddos is extremely important. I’m glad that you guys do this yearly, I think the city cruise is a fantastic and fun thing to do.

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