Santa parade and a giant glitter bear are part of Christmas lights switch-on in Ballymena this Thursday

Santa pictured on a previous visit to Ballymena town centre

A SANTA parade, street animation, reindeer and sleigh, children’s lantern parade, pipe band, choir and live band have all been organised by Mid & East Antrim Borough Council in partnership with the Tower Centre and Ballymena BID for the Christmas Lights Switch-On.

The timetable for this Thursday’s switch-on.


The Deputy Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Beth Adger, will switch on the lights on Thursday 14 November.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Cllr Maureen Morrow said: “I love Christmas and I am really looking forward to getting into the spirit of things at all the fantastic events happening across the borough this season.

The bear is back. The giant glittering bear was popular last year.


“We have such an array of first-class independent retailers, big high street names, cafés and coffee shops as well as beauty, hardware and gift shops across our towns, so there is truly something for everyone.

“With all our towns well within an hour of Belfast, Mid and East Antrim offers something a bit different and an amazing opportunity to buy unique gifts for loved ones this year.”

For your full guide on how you can find your Christmas across Mid and East Antrim visit

Details of  Switch-Ons are as follows:

Thursday 14 November – Ballymena from 4pm to 7.30pm
Friday 15 November – Larne from 5pm to 8pm
Saturday 16 November – Carrickfergus from 2pm to 6pm
Saturday 30 November – Whitehead Victorian Street Fair from 1pm to 6.30pm
Thu 5 December – Greenisland from 7pm to 8pm


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