Christmas Lights Switch on in Omagh

Christmas Lights Omagh

Published: 15th November 2016

The Christmas festivities in Omagh will get off to a start on Thursday 24 November, with the annual switch-on of the Christmas lights. As always, Omagh town centre will come alive at 6pm with a fabulous programme of family entertainment at the Courthouse, with guest artistes including the sensational singing star Lisa McHugh, our own home-grown star Barry Kirwan and as a special treat the combined primary school choir of St Scire’s and St MacCartan’s Primary Schools from Trillick will also be on stage to entertain the crowds. Also in attendance, will be the Council Chairperson, Councillor Mary Garrity and Omagh Churches Forum.

As well as the entertainment on stage, there will be street entertainers and face painters to keep the children entertained while they await the arrival of the star of the show, Santa himself, who will be escorted by his Cartoon Character Helpers on his parade from Bridge Street up through High Street to the Courthouse, where he will switch on the lights and declare the festive season well and truly underway.

Speaking ahead of the Christmas Lights switch-on, the Chairperson of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Mary Garrity said, “The switch-on of the Christmas lights in Omagh is just the beginning of a bumper range of festive fun and events which have been organised throughout December and I know everyone who shops and visits Omagh town over the next few weeks will have a magical experience joining in the fun and festivities, and of course supporting our local traders is also very important – shopping local helps all of us to ensure that Omagh is a vibrant town and a place of choice – where people, communities and businesses prosper.”

To facilitate the switch-on event a temporary street closure will be in operation from 4.30pm until 9.00pm from Scarffe’s Entry to the Courthouse, but all car parks will be open as usual. PSNI Officers and Stewards will co-ordinate arrangements to minimise disruption. A specially designated area to the front of the stage will be reserved for those with disabilities. As spaces in the reserved area are limited, bookings should be made in advance to secure a place by telephoning 0300 303 1777 or by email to events@fermanaghomagh.com . ISL and BSL language interpreters will be available on stage throughout the event.

The switch-on of the illuminations is just the beginning of a bumper package of events to celebrate the festive season in Omagh. The next event following the Christmas Lights switch-on, will be ”Small Business Saturday’ from 12.00 noon to 4.00pm on Saturday 3 December which is aimed at promoting Omagh as “the” place to shop and urging locals and visitors alike to shop locally. As well as supporting local businesses, shoppers will enjoy a range of festive fun including street entertainers, face painters, balloon modelling and festive music.

Back by popular demand on Saturday 10 December from 12 noon to 4.00pm is the Santa Dash and Dander, which will again be accompanied by a raft of family friendly street entertainment. Finally, a ‘Seasonal Saturday’ in Omagh on 17 December will be the finale to this year’s seasonal events, when shoppers will again enjoy the ambience of the town and a flurry of entertainment and music in Omagh.

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