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Cookstown’s Magical Mile of Christmas Lights Switched On for 2019!

Over 3,000 people braved the cold to watch Cookstown’s magical mile light up in spectacular style on Friday past (22nd), kicking off the Christmas Lights Switch On celebrations in the Mid Ulster District Council area.

There was plenty of free family entertainment on offer including a gaming bus, jumping clay and appearances from some special princesses and superheroes.

Local band, Crafty Crows were on stage to liven up the festivities, and with their renditions of classic Christmas tunes, they had the crowd in the seasonal spirit of things very quickly. The musical entertainment continued with Tullylagan Pipe Band piping and drumming a number of tunes, with a highlight being a haunting rendition of ‘Hallelujah’. 

Followed by a magical roaring street parade by Bardic Theatre’s Showstoppers, which made its way through the town with a fabulous performance of musical hits from a family favourite movie.

The highlight of the evening and moment everyone was waiting for was the arrival of Santa Claus himself, and the switch on of the renowned Christmas lights with the Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Martin Kearney.

Next weekend sees the turn of Maghera and Coalisland to switch on their lights (on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December respectively). Visit, for more details on these events.

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