Christmas light switch on 2023

Posted By:
Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council

13th Nov 2023

Light Up the Borough this Christmas

Get ready for a magical week of Christmas cheer this November! Join popular radio presenters Stuart Robinson and Deputy Dave at Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Christmas Tree Light Switch On celebrations held across the Borough from 18 to 25 November. Seven local children will also have the opportunity to hit the button and turn on the Christmas Lights!

Each Switch On event will be packed with jolly activities including an Elf Girl Band, a pantomime, eco-friendly Christmas crafts, festive food and drink and local school choirs so save the date for a night of community fun and memory-making moments.

Location Date and Time
Lilian Bland Park Saturday 18 November: 4.30-6pm
Crumlin Leisure Centre Monday 20 November: 6-7.30pm
Hazelbank Park* Tuesday 21 November: 6-7.30pm
Devenish Drive, Monkstown Wednesday 22 November: 6-7.30pm
Market Square, Antrim Thursday 23 November: 6-7.30pm
John Street Car Park, Randalstown Friday 24 November: 6-7.30pm
The Square Car Park, Ballyclare Saturday 25 November: 4.30-6pm

* No public parking will be available at Hazelbank Park. Alternatively, a park-and-ride service, including Accessible Car Parking, will leave the NRC car park from 5pm and every 20 minutes thereafter.

To ensure these events can be equally enjoyed by all there will be an accessible viewing point at the stage area. There will also be Sign Language provision on stage and an AccessoLoo Changing Facility.

As part of the run up to these Christmas Festivities, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is inviting children aged 4-11 years to create their own Christmas Tree decorations using household recyclable products. Entries can be placed on our dedicated trees in the foyer of Antrim Civic Centre or Mossley Mill from 13-16 November. The Mayor will then judge a winning design from each of the Borough’s seven districts and these children will each receive a voucher for the Abbey Centre and get to join Santa in turning on the Christmas Lights at one of our Switch On Events.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Mark Cooper commented “I am thrilled to invite you to our Christmas Tree Light Switch On celebrations. Join us for a week of festive joy, community spirit and unforgettable memories. I encourage the children to unleash their creativity by crafting their own decorations using household recyclable products. Let’s come together to light up our Borough and add a touch of personal magic to our Christmas trees.”

Visit antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/christmas-lights for full details.