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Traffic and travel advice for Derry Christmas Lights switch on

24 November 2022

Members of the public attending the Magical Winterland Procession around Derry City Centre for the switching on of the Christmas lights on Sunday November 27th are asked to familiarise themselves with the traffic and travel advice for the event.

Sunday’s parade will start at 6pm at Bishop Street and will pass through The Diamond, Ferryquay Street, Orchard Street, Foyle Street, Guildhall Square and Custom House Street.

While there are no plans to close any roads during the switch on, Council will have contingencies in place to restrict traffic movement, if necessary, for public safety and to accommodate the parade.

The streets that are most likely to be impacted during the event are Bishops Street, The Diamond, Ferrquay Street. Orchard Street, Foyle Street, Guildhall Square, Customhouse Street.

Those attending are urged to line the route to get a view of Santa and the parade rather than congregating in Guildhall Square where there will be limited viewing as the parade passes.

The procession is expected to be completed at around 6.40pm.

We will seek to minimise any impacts on local businesses, but it is advisable to be prepared for the possibility of some disruption.

Any last minute communications will be issued via Council’s social media channels in advance of the event.

Drivers are reminded that normal on street parking restrictions will be in place and that they should avoid parking anywhere where they may be blocking entrances to residences or businesses or where they may be obstructing emergency access routes.

Existing car parking areas that will be available on the city side include: Foyleside Shopping Centre Car Park East, Foyleside West, Quayside Shopping Centre, Foyle Road, Magee Campus (Lawrence Hill), Strand Road, Victoria Market, Society Street, Bishop Street, Carlisle Road, William Street.

Waterside Car Parks are Alfred Street, Bond’s Hill, Distillery Brae, Simpsons Brae, Spencer Road and Waterside Health Centre.

Where possible, the public are strongly advised to use the public transport system or to consider walking to the events.

Details of all buses can be found by visiting www.translink.co.uk/Routes-and-Timetables.

For information on the Christmas activities visit: www.derrystrabane.com/christmas.