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Ballymena’s festive Santa Run hailed a “huge success” with plans for return in 2024

Scenes from the inaugural Santa Run held in Ballymena by The Traction Engine Club of Ulster

Image: Peter Hayes


Ballymena's inaugural Santa Run event has been hailed a "huge success" from both organisers and the community who turned out in the hundreds to enjoy the spectacle rolling through the streets of the town centre.


Hosted by the Traction Engine Club of Ulster, the event was held on Saturday 16th December, when a variety of tractors, lorries, and vintage vehicles were festooned in sparkling lights and festive decorations, delighting from the youngest to the oldest onlookers, in what was described as a "fantastic family night".



All-in-all, around 136 vehicles turned out for the "unique Christmas experience", while 240 Christmas dinners were served up to parade participants following the event at the Ballymena Livestock Market.


The only question that remained from everyone involved and all who attended was, "Will the Santa Run be back next year?" The Traction Engine Club of Ulster says, "Yes!"


Scenes from the inaugural Santa Run held in Ballymena by The Traction Engine Club of Ulster

Image: Leah Foster


In a statement following the brilliant evening, club chairman Trevor Beattie said:


"The Traction Club of Ulster would like to thank all involved in helping to make Ballymena’s festive Santa-run on Dec16th a huge success.

"The Club never ceases to be uplifted by the generosity of our local community in their volunteering of time and resources in order that Ballymena could host this unique Christmas experience while in effect helping to raise funds for designated charities.



"In the coming year the Children’s Hospice and the MS Society will be major beneficiaries as a result of your goodwill and we will keep you informed on the amounts provided.


Scenes from the inaugural Santa Run held in Ballymena by The Traction Engine Club of Ulster

Image: Leah Foster


"We are delighted that this inaugural Santa Run has went off very well and we are particularly grateful for the facilities provided by the following:

• Ballymena BID and the support of local traders.

• Ballymena Livestock Market for the use of their yard and the willing support from their staff team.

• The Ringside Cafe who on top of their already busy schedule provided around 240 excellent Christmas dinners for participants (brilliant job)!



• For all those who took the time and expense to decorate their vehicles in a brilliantly and superb fashion and for all donations on the day.

• All volunteers who helped with Marshalling and in keeping everyone safe on the evening.

• To the community for turning out in such huge numbers to create a wonderful fun night for children and for their ongoing support and patience.


"Finally, the Traction Engine Club hope that the Ballymena and surrounding community had a brilliant evening of Santa fun, and we now look forward to a repeat performance next year!"





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