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Antrim & Newtownabbey ready to light up across the borough with events full of Festive fun

Updated: Nov 12, 2023

Young girl with blonde hair smiling in the night beside Christmas tree

Get ready for a magical week of Christmas cheer this November!

Join popular radio presenters Stuart Robinson and Deputy Dave at Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Christmas Tree Light Switch On celebrations held across the Borough from 18 to 25 November.

Seven local children will also have the opportunity to hit the button and turn on the Christmas Lights!

Each Switch On event will be packed with jolly activities including an Elf Girl Band, a pantomime, eco-friendly Christmas crafts, festive food and drink and local school choirs so save the date for a night of community fun and memory-making moments.


Don't miss this chance to kick off the holiday season with your community and loved ones.


Lilian Bland Park

Saturday 18th November, 4:30pm - 6:00pm


Crumlin Leisure Centre

Monday 20th November, 6:00pm - 7:30pm


Hazelbank Park

Tuesday 21st November, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

*No public parking will be available at Hazelbank Park. Alternatively, a park-and-ride service, including Accessible Car Parking, will leave the NRC car park from 5pm and every 20 minutes thereafter.


Devenish Drive

Wednesday 22nd November, 6:00pm - 7:30pm


Market Square

Thursday 23rd November, 6:00pm - 7:30pm


John Street Car Park

Friday 24th November, 6:00pm - 7:30pm


The Square Car Park

Saturday 25th November, 4:30pm - 6:00pm

These are all Accessible Events and will include the following:

• Accessible Viewing Point at the Stage Area (For those who have a physical, sensory disability and those from the Deaf Community)rim,

• Sign Language Provision on Stage to sign the show

• AccessoLoo (Mobile Changing Places Facility)

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Mark Cooper commented:

"I am thrilled to invite you to our Christmas Tree Light Switch On celebrations. Join us for a week of festive joy, community spirit and unforgettable memories. Iencourage the children to unleash their creativity by crafting their own decorations using household recyclable products. Let's come together to light up our Borough and add a touch of personal magic to our Christmas trees."


Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council are giving seven young residents the opportunity to help The Mayor and Santa switch on the Christmas Lights in their local area.

Children aged 4-11 years are being invited to create their own Christmas Tree decorations using household recyclable products. Entries can be placed on the special trees in the foyer of Antrim Civic Centre or Mossley Mill from 13-16 November where the Mayor will judge a winning design from each of the Borough’s seven districts.

Winners will get to switch on the Christmas Lights and will receive a voucher sponsored by Abbey Centre.

To enter you must attach a tag with your child’s name and age and the guardians name, address and contact number these can be collected from reception at Antrim Civic Centre or Mossley Mill when you arrive with your entry.

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