Ballymena is set to host its first Nighttime Christmas Santa Run this weekend, Saturday 16th December, in a fantastically Festive fun event for all the family to enjoy.
Organised by the Traction Engine Club of Ulster, the event is expected to attract quite a number of seasonably decorated and lit-up vehicles to create a great atmosphere and spectacle that no doubt will provide an enjoyable evening for everyone - from the youngest to the oldest!
A spokesperson for the Traction Engine Club has extended an invitation to all to get involved in this brilliant run.
"We invite all seasonably decorated and lit-up vehicles to join us for an atmospheric night time Santa run through Ballymena Town Centre, and a sit-in Christmas dinner will be provided for participants on return.
"Why not help in providing a Christmas spectacle for children and families while simultaneously supporting the Traction Engine Club of Ulster, a registered charity.
"The Organising Committee look forward to seeing everyone at this nostalgic event, with best wishes for a safe return next year."
Image: TJ Cubitt
Participants will assemble at Ballymena Livestock Market, Woodside Road, for registration from 4:00pm, during which tea and coffee will be available.
The run will depart at 5:00pm sharp for the Christmas Santa tour of Ballymena town centre, taking the following route:
• Ballymena Livestock Mart - Woodside Road - Raceview Road - Broughshane Road -
• Broughshane Street - Church Street - Mill Street - Wellington Street - Ballymoney Street - William Street - Broughshane Street-
• Broughshane Road - Raceview Road - Woodside Road - Ballymena Livestock Mart at approximately 6:30pm.
Donation of at least £20 per vehicle and a Christmas Dinner ticket is included in this price, with additional participants requiring dinner to pay £10 for adults and £5 for children.
Free Santa hats will also be provided for decorated vehicles on the night.
All participants will need to ensure that their vehicles are suitably insured for this evening of fun and normal decorum with respect to the guidance provided by route Marshals will be expected.
Traction Engine Club of Ulster Charity Registration Number NIC108605