Newry Mourne and Down District Council are getting ready to fill the district with some Christmas Magic with a series of Switch On Events happening from 22 November until 7 December 2018.

The Newry light switch on is next Thursday 22 November with plenty happening from 5pm.

The stage will come alive with musical performances; there will be FREE amusements, arts and craft workshops, face painting and balloon modelling.  A Santa Fun Run will take place at 5.30pm, hosted by Southern Area Hospice Services. Be there in time to watch Santa and his reindeer arrive to switch the lights on at 7pm followed by a pyrotechnic display.

Councillor Mark Murnin gets ready for the Christmas season.
Councillor Mark Murnin gets ready for the Christmas season.

The organisers have  managed to track down Santa himself, “I am very impressed with how much is on offer at these events!  I would like to encourage everyone to come to these events and get into the festive mood. Come and meet me and my reindeers, who knows; there might even be a sprinkle of snow to end these exciting events. There really is no better place to start the festive season.”

Councillor Mark Murnin, Chairman of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, said “The Christmas Lights Switch Ons will officially mark the start of the Festive Season in the District. I encourage everyone to attend the events and get into the Christmas mood. “

Community Christmas Light Switch On events - Downpatrick Friday 23 November from 5pm; Crossmaglen 30 November 7:30pm; Newcastle 24 November 4pm; Kilkeel 1 December 12pm; Warrenpoint 1 December 3pm (switch on at 6.15pm) and Ballynahinch 7 December 6pm.

For further information please contact Newry Visitor Information Centre on 028 3031 3170 or Downpatrick Visitor Information Centre on 028 4461 2233

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