The ZingZillas of CBeebies fame will help turn on the city’s Christmas lights at the family-themed event on Saturday, November 17.
Zak the gorilla, Panzee the chimp, Tang the orang-utan, and Drum the monkey will be monkeying around on stage alongside Belfast’s very own panto characters. There will also be a performance by Barazina youth choir, with the event compered by Julian Simmons.
This year’s event will be ticketed for the first time. Tickets will be available in advance from the Belfast Welcome Centre from next Tuesday (November 6). They will be limited to four per person.
Lord Mayor of Belfast Alderman Gavin Robinson said: “Christmas is a time for family and children especially so, as in previous years, we’ve aimed our event at younger audiences. We’ve seen big stars in Belfast – particularly in the last year – and the ZingZillas are the latest celebrities to add to that long list. I’m looking forward to welcoming them to Belfast.
“There will also be a performance by the fantastic Barazina, so we really are in for a great night. I’d encourage everyone to make sure they get their tickets in advance to avoid disappointment on the night.”
Denise Rosborough, director of the Barazina choir, said the choir was really looking forward to being part of the Christmas celebrations.
She added: “Barazina means ‘creative abundance’ and our young people are bursting with talent, energy and creativity. They’re all really excited about taking part and performing for the crowds. It will be an unforgettable experience for them.”
The Ballymoney-based choir, whose members range in age from seven to 14, is from 25 different schools in the area. They formed in September 2011.
The Christmas Continental Market will also open on Saturday November 17th, at 12 noon.
For more information about the event and ticketing arrangements visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/christmas