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Magical Christmas Kingdom brings festive cheer to Dungannon

Dungannon was once again immersed in festive cheer this weekend past when over 10,000 people joined in the celebrations as the town officially lit up for Christmas and the ‘Magical Christmas Kingdom’ complete with Ice King and Queen made a triumphant return to Hill of The O’Neill and Ranfurly House.

The weekend, organised by Mid Ulster District Council, got off to a cold, but merry start on Friday 22 November as Market Square was filled with festive cheer with free family entertainment taking place, including face painting, balloon modelling and festive walkabout characters, and seasonal music on stage provided by Howard Primary School Choir and local singer, Ellen Campbell. Santa arrived in style on a horse drawn carriage and the man himself joined Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Martin Kearney to press the plunger to illuminate the town and draw the evening to a close.

Then on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24, Ranfurly House, at the heart of the town centre, again formed the gateway to the Magical Kingdom. With an array of Christmas activities including all the favourites – arts and crafts, face painting, balloon modelling, jump jiggle and jive and much more, children were also able to visit ‘Santa’s Christmas Stables’ before travelling through the magical realms on their journey to meet the man himself, Santa, in his cosy grotto.

The Christmas spirit continues as from Saturday (23) for a 6 week period car parking charges in off street pay and display car parks will be reduced to 10p for the first 3 hours, so there’s no excuse not to visit Hill of The O’Neill and Ranfurly House, or to support your local retailers by shopping local this Christmas.

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