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Mark the date! Santa Claus is coming to town… and the reindeer


Santa arriving in Ballymena back in 2019.


Ballymena is getting ready to sparkle with preaparations in full-swing for Santa’s arrival, along with his family of reindeer and elves.


After the cancellation of the annual much-anticipated festive family event in 2020 due to public health restrictions in response to Covid-19, this year’s spectacular street event will be extra special.



The festive entertainment programme will begin at 5pm on Thursday 18 November, with Christmassy walkabout characters.



Get your selfie with the famous glitter bear and enjoy toe-tapping tunes from the live concert stage at Harmony Hub, featuring Mojo and Raise the Roof choir.



The Santa Parade starts from Wellington Street at 6.20pm and will feature a Pipe Band, Dunclug Primary School children with lanterns, Clydesdale horses, Samba band, live reindeer all the way from the North Pole, and of course, Santa on his very own sleigh.


The route is Wellington Street, Ballymoney Street, William Street, Broughshane Street, (pause at the Bandstand to switch on the lights at 6.45pm with Santa, a pupil from Castle Tower School and the Mayor), Church Street, Mill Street, and finally back to lower Wellington Street.




Santa will then return to the Tower Centre to open his Grotto at 7pm and late night shopping is on until 9pm.


Mark the date, and get ready to make a night of memories to kick-off the most wonderful time of the year in style in Ballymena.