Christmas Lights switched on in Omagh

Published: 30th November 2015

 

Omagh Lights Up for Christmas

A crowd of about 7,000 gathered in Omagh town centre on Thursday 26 November for the switching on of the Christmas Lights and the official start of the Christmas Season.

The switching on of the lights was the grand finale of a programme of entertainment which included Christ the King Primary School Choir singing carols, the Council Chairman, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, and representatives of Omagh Churches Forum providing the traditional Christmas Greetings and seasonal reflection.

Young, up and coming, country musician Shane Owens, and the Whistlin’ Donkeys created a lively, festive atmosphere, while Derek Ryan wowed the crowd and ‘kissed the Marys’.

The highlight of the evening for everyone was, of course, the arrival of Santa himself in his sleigh, accompanied by his cartoon character friends, while ‘Frozen’s  ‘Anna’ and ‘Elsa’ distributed sweets to the waiting children. As he does every year, Santa got off his sleigh to meet and chat to the many children who had come to see him.

Over the next couple of weeks, in the run up to Christmas, Omagh will continue to have a festive atmosphere as this weekend sees the annual Christmas Cracker event, with discounts and special offers in many of the shops and businesses from Thursday 3 to Monday 7 December. Saturday afternoon will be lively, with the Santa Dander treasure hunt trail, and music and street entertainment in Omagh town centre.

The following week, the Santa Dander treasure hunt trail, with music and street entertainment, is repeated on Saturday 12 December, while the annual Christmas Craft and Food will be held in Strule Arts Centre from Thursday 10 – Saturday 12 December also. This will be an ideal opportunity to find festive foods form local producers and pick up a unique gift for someone special.

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For further information please contact Elizabeth Harkin, tel: 0300 303 1777 or

email: Elizabeth.harkin@fermanaghomagh.com

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