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Council has Christmas All Wrapped up in Strabane

06 November 2017

Derry City and Strabane District Council has Christmas all wrapped up in Strabane with its fantastic range of festive events that are taking place in the run up Christmas.

 Announcing details of the 2017 Christmas programme, the Mayor Cllr Maoliosa McHugh outlined the fantastic array of events, retail offerings and weekend breaks that have Christmas all wrapped up for visitors and residents alike.

Among the key highlights in Strabane is the annual Switch On of the Christmas Lights on Saturday 25 November as well as the Strabane Christmas Fayre on Sunday 03 December and the Lost in Frost Mayoral initiative for families at the Alley Theatre in Strabane on Saturday and Sunday 09 and 10 December.

A key part of the Council’s Christmas campaign is working in close partnership with local retailers and businesses to promote Strabane’s unique retailing offering by promoting our fantastic mix of independent and big brand shops.

He added: “It’s about making our festive experience a special one not only for those who will come to spend the weekend in Derry and Strabane but for the local residents who can take advantage of the large number of fantastic restaurants and cafes that are here to help make your overall Christmas experience a special one.”

The Strabane Christmas Lights Switch-On will take place on Saturday November 25 from 2.30 to 5.30pm in Abercorn Square and Railway Street. Special guest on the day will be Santa and his reindeers who will travel all the way to Strabane to switch on the lights and officially mark the star of Strabane’s seasonal celebrations. There will be lots of family friendly activities throughout the afternoon including face painting, Santa’s Grotto and a Festive Zoo.

The hugely popular Strabane Christmas Fayre is set to take place on Sunday December 03 from 1pm to 6pm at Castle Street and is a fantastic way to experience the best of local Christmas Fayre with a wide range of local food and craft market stalls; late night shopping and festive entertainment by local arts groups, brass bands and school choirs.

As part of his Mayoral Christmas Initiative, the Mayor is hosting a unique Lost in Frost Christmas free event for families at the Alley Theatre Strabane on Saturday 09 at 3pm and 6pm and on Sunday 10 December at 3pm. This atmospheric and mysterious winter fairytale features dance, storytelling and projections that are set to surprise and delight audiences of all ages and is expected to be a huge hit with families.

Other events taking place in Derry include the Sound of Light and Christmas Procession that will take place on Friday 01 and Saturday 02 December from 6-7pm; and the Wonder Windows Trail on Saturday 09, Sunday 10, Saturday 16, Sunday 17, Friday 22 and Saturday 23 December from 5.30-7.30pm., as well as the Winterland Market at Guildhall Square from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 December featuring Bjorn the Bear, a life-sized majestic polar creature, that is bound to get the children into the festive cheer.

Encouraging people to come out and support the Christmas events and to shop local, Aeidin McCarter, Head of Culture with Derry City and Strabane District Council said the Christmas campaign is a great opportunity to showcase what the city and district has to offer in terms of family entertainment and great shopping experience.

She said: “Our Christmas campaign in Derry and Strabane is all about the magical festive experience we can offer people who visit here in the run up to Christmas. Whether you are here for a weekend break or a one day shopping trip, we have something to offer you in terms of our retail offering and our fantastic events calendar. We are working very closely with our partners in Visit Derry to promote some fantastic accommodation offers from £40 pps that encourages couples and families to come to Derry and Strabane for a fantastic festive experience. Not only can they be part of our many events that have been scheduled in the weeks running up to Christmas but they can avail of the really good retail offering from both our small independent traders to our larger multi-national stores while at the same time soak up the warm welcome and festive atmosphere in our restaurants, cafes and bars.”

For more detailed information and updates on Derry City and Strabane District Council’s family-friendly Christmas programme please visit www.derrystrabane.com/christmas