Countdown to Christmas

Mayor of Newtownabbey, Alderman Billy Webb along with 'everyone's favourite ogre', Shrek and Clumsy the Smurf, launched the borough's Christmas programme at Mossley Mill this week. INNT 44-217-CON
Mayor of Newtownabbey, Alderman Billy Webb along with 'everyone's favourite ogre', Shrek and Clumsy the Smurf, launched the borough's Christmas programme at Mossley Mill this week. INNT 44-217-CON
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The Mayor of Newtownabbey, Alderman Billy Webb, welcomed two very special guests to Mossley Mill this week to help him launch the borough’s exciting Christmas programme.

Everyone’s favourite ogre, Shrek, and Clumsy the Smurf, will be back later in the month will help the Mayor light up the borough for Christmas 2011.

This year Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Christmas trees are being decorated in support of the Northern Ireland Hospice ‘Lights to Remember’ Christmas appeal. Sponsor a light in memory of a loved one or simply make a donation by visiting www.hospice.org

In Glengormley the fun begins on Saturday, November 19. Entertainment kicks off at the Thunderdome car park at 2pm with Citybeat 96.7/102.5fm and live bands Peach and Gleekz. At 5pm a short programme of Christmas readings, carols and music will lead into the arrival of the Mayor and The Smurfs who will kick off the 2011 festivities. The evening will end with some sparkle as a festive firework extravaganza lights up the town.

From 2pm through to 5pm, Farrier Court will be an action packed zone with party playhouse, bungee trampoline, rodeo reindeer, paintball range, face painting, festive tattoos, stilt walkers and a climbing wall. And everything is free! Kids can also visit Santa’s Grotto, which costs £4, and includes a gift from Santa.

Meanwhile, in Ballyclare the excitement will happen on Saturday, November 26, when The Mayor and Shrek and Friends hit the Square.They will arrive at 5.30pm to kick off the festive fun and switch on the lights.

Entertainment begins at 2pm with Citybeat 96.7/102.5fm, Freefall and Gleekz. At 5pm, a short programme of Christmas readings, carols and music will take place and once again, the evening will end with a fabulous firework extravaganza signalling that Christmas has begun in the town!

Don’t miss being at the Ballyclare Town Hall Car Park between 2pm and 5pm because it will be buzzing with fun for everyone. Activities will include party playhouse, bungee trampoline, rodeo reindeer, paintball range, face painting, festive tattoos, stilt walkers and a climbing wall and yes, once again, everything is free here too. Kids can also visit Santa’s Grotto, which costs £4 and again, includes a gift from Santa.

For further details of the full Christmas programme and other Christmas events in your area, visit www.newtownabbey.gov.uk/christmas