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Feast of entertainment and activities planned for Strabane Christmas Lights switch on

16 November 2018

Musical entertainment from Adam Dolan and social media sensations Chloe and Aalaiya Wilders and a host of festive themed activities are part of a bumper schedule for this year’s Strabane Christmas Lights switch on from 2pm – 5pm on Saturday November 24th.

The action will centre around Castle Street, Railway Road and Abercorn Square where Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor John Boyle, will be joined by Santa Claus for the official switch on that will be compered by Jason Barr.

Mayor Boyle has encouraged the public to get involved in the celebrations that also include festive arts and crafts, an igloo photo booth and Elf express train.

“The Strabane Christmas lights switch on is an event I’m particularly looking forward to and is always one of the highlights of the year in the town centre, marking the official start of the festive season,” he said.

“The event forms part of a packed schedule of events across the City and District for Christmas 2018 that includes a Grand Christmas Procession through the city centre and the return of the popular Strabane Christmas Fayre.

“There is lots for all the family to see and do all afternoon with the Christmas Markets, an Elf’s Storytelling Bus, the Festive Farm and face painting and balloon modelling among the attractions so why not come along early and make a day of it?”

Before the lights switch on, youngsters will have the chance to meet Santa and his reindeers in his grotto.

The musical entertainment on the day will include dancing and singing from a number of local acts and a festive performance from the Strabane Brass Band and an exclusive performance from up and coming Strabane artists Adam Dolan.

Chloe Wilders and her 4 year old daughter Aalaiya have shot to fame in recent weeks with their performance of "A Million Dreams" from The Greatest Showman which has been viewed over 65,000 times already on Facebook and shared over 1,000 times.

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