Lisburn gets ready to light up for Christmas

Pictured at the launch of the Christmas Switch On that will take place in Market Square, Lisburn on the 19th November  are: (l-r) Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman Of Council's Corprate Services Committee; Santa Claus;  the Mayor, Councillor Thomas Beckett and Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of the Council's Development Committee.

Pictured at the launch of the Christmas Switch On that will take place in Market Square, Lisburn on the 19th November are: (l-r) Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman Of Council's Corprate Services Committee; Santa Claus; the Mayor, Councillor Thomas Beckett and Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of the Council's Development Committee.

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Lisburn’s festive season will start with the annual switching on of the lights on Thursday, November 19 in the recently refurbished Market Square.

The family event will include pre-parade entertainers from 6pm, music from the main stage area, a lantern parade and a city centre light display.

The Mayor, Councillor Thomas Beckett, said: “I am looking forward to welcoming thousands and switching on the city’s Christmas Lights. I am delighted there will be musical entertainment from the City’s very own School Choir of the Year, Pond Park Primary and the local Dundonald Community Concert Band

“There will be a festive atmosphere on the evening and families are encouraged to come along and enjoy the evening from 6pm with Pete Snodden compering.”

Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the Corporate Services Committee, added: “On arrival, balloon modellers will be present in Bow Street and festive Christmas Characters will welcome families.

“The Council is delighted that SERC’s performing arts students will be part of the event as they distribute giveaways to the crowd.

“Local schoolchildren from five primary schools will take part in the Lantern Parade carrying their homemade lanterns, accompanied by professional carnival performers.”

Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of the Development Committee, said: “I am delighted that the new event space will play centre stage at the Switch On this year. I hope that everyone who attends the event will enjoy the impressive city centre light display that will take place after the Parade has travelled through the City.

“The Council will be holding a series of events in Market Square and across the area throughout the festive season.

“Be sure to keep an eye out in local media for further details.”