With Christmas fast approaching, the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has launched an exciting, festive programme of family fun.  Even Santa has given it his important seal of approval!

There is something for everyone to enjoy, with a range of free events for all ages right across the Council area. Our #LC_lovesChristmas programme starts with the big Christmas switch-on in Lisburn City Centre on Thursday 23 November at 7.00pm. It’s set to be an evening to remember. Santa will be arriving by sleigh and the Grinch himself might put in an appearance! This also marks the beginning of our spectacular Lisburn Light Festival.

Communities across Lisburn and Castlereagh will also offer local people opportunities to meet and celebrate the season together. With a range of community light switch-on events and the return of our ever-popular Christmas Markets in Royal Hillsborough, Dundonald and Carryduff, you can wrap up warm and get outdoors.

Our amazing Castle Gardens Light Trail will start on Friday 24 November, running daily from 4pm to 8pm until Friday 22 December, and is free to attend. There will be live music and Christmas markets there every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening. It is a sparkling event that is sure to be a hit with all the family.

The Mayor, Councillor Andrew Gowan, welcomed this year’s Christmas programme. 

He said: “I am so excited to see the range of Christmas events across Lisburn and Castlereagh this year. There are festive workshops, musical events, movies, pantomimes, light trails, competitions, superheroes, markets and so much more to help get you in the Christmas mood. 

“There are lots of opportunities to meet Santa at Castle Gardens or at local events and you can also come along to the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum and pop a letter in our Christmas post-box. It will make its way to the North Pole in no time! 

“At this time of year, it is important that we reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. In that spirit of hope, let us all think of and support those who may be facing challenges in their lives. I have been overwhelmed by the support I have received for my Mayoral charity, Cancer Fund for Children. The Christmas programme will help raise more funds for families and children dealing with cancer. I am truly grateful for your support.  

“The people of Lisburn and Castlereagh bring Christmas to life every year. I am looking forward to meeting lots of local people over the next few weeks as I get out and about and share in the Christmas magic. Time together with family and loved ones has never been more important. I really hope everyone enjoys our 2023 Christmas programme.”

Full details of our #LC_lovesChristmas programme are online here.

For ticketed events, early booking is recommended. Please use our hashtag #LC_lovesChristmas to share your photos and videos with us