Carrickfergus sparkles as Christmas lights go on

Leah Johnston met Mrs Mary Claus and Rudolph at the Carrickfergus Christmas lights switch on. INCT 47-002-PSB
Leah Johnston met Mrs Mary Claus and Rudolph at the Carrickfergus Christmas lights switch on. INCT 47-002-PSB

The countown to Christmas is officially underway with the festive lights going on in Carrickfergus.

Crowds of people flocked to the town centre for Saturday’s celebrations.

Pamela and Aimee Butler met Frosty the Snowmam. INCT 47-010-PSB

Pamela and Aimee Butler met Frosty the Snowmam. INCT 47-010-PSB

There was an extra sparkle to festivities with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council teaming up with the Department for Communities to deliver new lights “to revitalise” the town centre and “help guide shoppers to the fantastic independent and high street retailers”.

The programme of entertainment included live music, musical theatre a mini funfair and carol service at St Nicholas’ Church of Ireland.

This was followed by the Christmas tree lights being switched on and a fireworks display.

The Mayor, Cllr Lindsay Millar, reminded residents to share the sparkle on social media using the #FindYourChristmas when you’re in buying your Christmas goodies.

Theresa, Hannah, Sophie and Esther Bennett smile for the camera at the Carrickfergus Christmas lights switch on. INCT 47-004-PSB

Theresa, Hannah, Sophie and Esther Bennett smile for the camera at the Carrickfergus Christmas lights switch on. INCT 47-004-PSB

Melissa and Jackson Crawford (left) are pictured with Deborah and Poppy-Ann McAllister. INCT 47-005-PSB

Melissa and Jackson Crawford (left) are pictured with Deborah and Poppy-Ann McAllister. INCT 47-005-PSB

Rachael Heath and Suzanne Haveron are pictured with Mrs Mary Claus. INCT 47-003-PSB

Rachael Heath and Suzanne Haveron are pictured with Mrs Mary Claus. INCT 47-003-PSB

Jacqueline Mitchell and grandson Teddy Crymble pictured at the Carrickfergus Christmas lights switch on. INCT 47-008-PSB

Jacqueline Mitchell and grandson Teddy Crymble pictured at the Carrickfergus Christmas lights switch on. INCT 47-008-PSB

Louise and Ayvah McClurkin. INCT 47-007-PSB

Louise and Ayvah McClurkin. INCT 47-007-PSB

David and Sarah Bennett and twins Justin and Jordan enjoying the festive atmosphere in Carrickfergus. INCT 47-009-PSB

David and Sarah Bennett and twins Justin and Jordan enjoying the festive atmosphere in Carrickfergus. INCT 47-009-PSB

Pictured at the Carrickfergus Christmas lights switch on are Jo and Eva Boyles. INCT 47-006-PSB

Pictured at the Carrickfergus Christmas lights switch on are Jo and Eva Boyles. INCT 47-006-PSB

Christine Reid (left) is pictured with Claire, Kaci and Josh Berry at the Carrickfergus Christmas lights switch on. INCT 47-001-PSB

Christine Reid (left) is pictured with Claire, Kaci and Josh Berry at the Carrickfergus Christmas lights switch on. INCT 47-001-PSB