CHRISTMAS light switch-ons get underway this month across the Mid & East Antrim area.
Ballymena, Larne and Carrickfergus town centres will be awash with colour as shoppers take to the streets.
Council has been working with the Department for Communities to deliver sparkling new lights across the town centres to revitalise the town centres and help guide shoppers to all the fantastic independent and high street retailers here in Mid and East Antrim.
Santa and his reindeer will be visiting Ballymena, Larne and Carrickfergus as his elves get ready for another bumper season.
On Thursday 15 November, Ballymena’s brand new festive lights will glitter through the streets right up to the Harmony Hub, where a spectacular lantern parade with local schools, live music by Peach, Santa on his live reindeer train, a Canadian drey pulled by two magnificent Clydesdale horses, 45 young singers from Raise the Roof Choir and lots of family fun will be taking place from 4pm-7pm.
The parade will take Santa to the Tower Centre where children have the chance to meet him.
Larne’s celebrations kick off between 6pm and 8pm on Friday 16 November. Local schools and community groups will help light up the streets as they lead Santa and the Mayor to Broadway Plaza to switch on the Christmas lights.
The sky above Carrickfergus on Saturday 17 November will be lit up as well as the tree in a fireworks display around 5.45pm.
It follows a day of family entertainment from 2pm with live music by The VIPs, dance by Studio 86, musical theatre by Uplift Performing Arts, mini funfair and a carol service at St Nicholas’ Church at 4pm getting everyone in the Christmas spirit.
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Lindsay Millar, 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.
“All the town centres have got new lights this year and we want you to share the sparkle on social media using the #FindYourChristmas when you’re in buying your Christmas goodies.
“We have such an array of fantastic independent retailers, big high street names, cafes and coffee shops as well as beauty, hardware and gift shops across our towns, so there is truly something for everyone.
“Mid and East Antrim offers something a bit different and an amazing opportunity to buy unique gifts for loved ones this year.
“These special festive events draw in families from across Mid and East Antrim and with the local shops offering a range of ideal Christmas gifts, I’m inviting all our residents and visitors to #FindYourChristmas this festive season and share it with us all on social media. You don’t want Santa missing out on what you’ve been up to!”