The Mayor of Lisburn, Alderman Paul Porter and Chairman of the Council's Corporate Services Committee, Cllr William Leathem, recently visited Oakwood Integrated Primary School to help them with their lantern workshop.
HALLOWEEN may just be over, but Lisburn will be lighting up for Christmas in two weeks time.
The Council has announced its annual Christmas Lights Switch On event, one of the biggest events in the city, will take place on Friday November 19.
The evening's entertainment will start with street entertainment in Bow Street from 6.30pm, followed by this year's Parade of Lights making its way up through the city centre at 6.45pm. The parade will feature almost 200 local school children displaying lanterns they created at workshops, together with costumed dancers and performers, illuminated carnival pieces and most importantly Santa, who will arrive on his sleigh pulled by his festive snow train.
The Mayor, Alderman Paul Porter, recently visited Oakwood Integrated Primary School to give the children a helping hand with their lantern workshop.
Speaking about the event, he said: "It is a pleasure to come along to help the children to make their lanterns. The children put a lot of work into making them and take great pride in displaying them to the thousands of people that gather in the City for the Switch On.
"The event embraces the entire community and it creates a wonderful feeling of togetherness, which is so important at Christmas time.
"It also marks the start of the festive season in Lisburn and this year the City will be alive with an array of street entertainment and joyful events throughout the month of December." Fort Hill Integrated Primary School choir will lead the carol singing and the Mayor will be joined on stage with the winner of his Christmas Poetry Competition, who will help him turn on the Christmas tree lights and the lights in the City Centre.
The Mayor's Charity, The Carers Forum on Learning Disability, will be carrying out a collection at the event. The schools taking part in the 2010 lantern parade are: Brownlee Primary, Friends' Preparatory, Oakwood Integrated Primary, Rowandale Integrated Primary, St. Aloysius Primary and Tonagh Primary.
The parade route will leave Christ Church moving to Market Street, Bow Street, Market Square and Smithfield Street before making its way back to Christ Church.
The event is expected to be very busy and the organisers are appealing to everyone toarrive early if you want to get a good view of the parade.