Watts up with this Christmas Tree? Lights are stripped back following online viral video

The Harryville Christmas Tree with the lights removed from the bottom.

THE COUNCIL has confirmed they have removed lights from the bottom of a Christmas Tree which was at the centre of a viral online video in which a member of the public grappled with the decorations.

On November 14 this year – the night the lights were switched on in Ballymena town centre – a woman appeared to take exception to a public Christmas Tree being lit up “too early” in the Harryville area of the town.


A passer-by at the Harryville Christmas Tree which has now had a number of lights removed.


In scenes captured in an online video which was initially viewed over 40,000 times in a just a few hours a woman seemed to grapple with the Christmas lights on a tree at Salisbury Square in Harryville.

In the video she could be heard to protest that it was “too early” for the lights to be on.

A scene from the online video.


At the time a Mid & East Antrim Borough Council spokesperson said: “We are aware of a video appearing on social media in recent days.”

The Harryville Tree is a short distance from Ballymena’s main Christmas Tree at The Braid centre.

Now lights on the bottom of the Harryville Tree have been removed and the remaining lights are out of reach apart from a small section linking the illuminations on the upper section to a power source.

The Council spokesperson only said this week: “Some of the lights had to be removed from the tree and the remainder were moved up so this could be facilitated.”

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