The lights will be switched on by the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Alderman Gavin Robinson, who will be joined by children from some of the local schools’ choirs (Strandtown and St Joseph’s) as well as Santa Claus himself, who will be settling into his grotto with his elves.
In the lead up to the event, Ballyhackamore Business Association is working in conjunction with East Belfast Mission to provide hampers filled with food for less fortunate families. They’re asking that people kindly donate food to Knock Travel shop in Ballyhackamore where they will be made into Christmas hampers brimming with hearty Christmas fayre.
As expected, there will be lots to keep the kids entertained with activities such as balloon modelling and face painting and there’s plenty for mums and dads too as the annual Christmas Fair will be adding to the established retailers’ offering, with lots of speciality stalls providing the perfect gift options for everyone’s Christmas shopping.
This year, there will be an exciting new addition to the entertainment with a spectacular lantern parade by Wandsworth Community Centre and a lively radio roadshow by Citybeat. Artistic kids – and adults – are invited to put their creative skills to good use by joining classes in lantern making at the Wandsworth Community Centre every Wednesday from 7 – 9pm or by coming along to Belmont Tower on the day itself (Saturday 01 December) from 10am – 1pm.