Borough gets all set for bumper festive season

The Braid is ‘present’ and correct for Christmas.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council are offering a range of entertainment and events across the borough to please even the biggest Grinch this festive season.

With the switch-ons well and truly underway, singing and sparkle are still the order of the day with a range of pantomimes, Christmas artisan markets and musical performances happening across Mid and East Antrim.

To help with the rush, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is only charging £1 for 5 hours of parking across all 60 of its car parks.

Whitehead’s Christmas lights go on Saturday 24 November with Greenisland is set to shine on 6 December.

You can catch Cinderella at The Braid in Ballymena and Carrickfergus, and Puss‘n’Boots is also donning the stage at The Braid to entertain crowds.

If Minecraft is more your thing you can go to Carrickfergus Museum on 8 December and explore the town during Christmas time in the 1600s and even create what your own festive season of the future could look like.

Bells will be ringing as festive bands get the Carrickfergus crowds in the Yuletide mood and school choirs will be lifting the Christmas spirits of Larne’s shoppers at Broadway.

A fantastic array of mouth-watering artisan food and unique, locally produced arts and crafts will also be on offer at free pop-up Christmas markets in Larne, Carrickfergus and Ballymena.

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Lindsay Millar, is also encouraging everyone in the borough to shop local this Christmas.

She said: “Christmas is all about giving so why not give back to your local high street this year and support local. I hope that residents and visitors alike will get behind the abundance of independent retailers across Mid and East Antrim as the Christmas shopping season gets into full swing.

“Council are also offering fantastic parking rates at its car parks so there’s never been a better time to enjoy what’s on offer right on your doorstep.

“The big man in red has also been having his own #MEAdventures in Larne, Carrickfergus and Ballymena, so keep an eye out on Council’s social media to see where Santa’s been visiting as he gets ready for another busy season.

“I want to wish everyone in Mid and East Antrim a Merry Christmas and hope you get some time to enjoy everything on offer.”

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