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Cookstown’s Magical Mile Lights up for Christmas

06 November 2018

In just over two week’s time Christmas in Cookstown gets officially underway as a mile of magical Christmas lights will be switched on to illuminate the town centre, and the festive countdown begins!

Next Friday 23rd November, the streets will come alive in what has to be one of the most spectacular Christmas lights displays in the country.

Starting at 6.30pm on William Street and in the build-up to the switch-on, there will be lots to keep everyone entertained including street entertainment, the cast of Stewartstown Amateur Dramatic Society with numbers from their forthcoming pantomime, Alice in Wonderland (playing in the Burnavon Cookstown from 4th – 26th January 2019), live music from the Crafty Crows and the award winning Tullylagan Pipe Band.

A fabulous themed parade will also take place through the town to celebrate the return of a family favourite movie, just in time for Christmas.

A big screen will be in place with live streamed footage from the stage so that you won’t miss any of the special moments as the entertainment plays out over the evening.

Of course the highlight of the night will be the arrival of Santa himself, aboard a very special mode of transport, which is being kept top secret for now. You will just have to come along to see what happens for yourself!

Santa will appear on stage with the Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Sean McPeake just after 7pm and together they will press the magic red button and the town will light up with its stunning Christmas display.

The Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Sean McPeake is looking forward to the festive season and this year’s magical mile of Christmas Lights saying, 

“There is no better way to kick off Mid Ulster’s festive celebrations than by switching on Cookstown’s world famous Christmas lights. It’s a highlight of the year for Mid Ulster and we are delighted to welcome the many visitors from far and wide which the wonderful sight attracts. It’s the perfect way to illuminate all that Cookstown Town Centre has to offer.”

Mid Ulster District Council would like to remind motorists that road diversions will be in place from 5pm in Cookstown Town Centre and William Street on Friday 23rd November, re-opening at approximately 9.15pm

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