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Santa will lead a colourful Christmas cavalcade across Causeway Coast and Glens this year – and we want you to be a part of it.

Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, families and friends are encouraged to line the route in their local town as preparations get under way to mark the return of the festive season like never before.

The colourful parades will see Santa and some very special friends visit nine different towns to celebrate the switching on of the Christmas lights which is a much-loved occasion for so many.

With a lot of work to do and a very busy schedule, he won't be making any stops in his grotto this year to distribute presents, but be assured he's looking forward to his tour of the Borough and a warm welcome from you all.

In a change from the traditional events due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic, there will also be magical afternoon entertainment in each location as a countdown to the cavalcade's arrival. Look out for some colourful characters and local musicians who will add to the atmosphere of anticipation ahead of a visit from Father Christmas.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Richard Holmes said: "We are doing things differently this year as we aim to create a safe environment for everyone, but I think our residents will really enjoy what we have in store. The cavalcade will make for a wonderful sight as it makes its way through our local towns and I hope to see lots of you lining the route as Santa and his helpers make their way through the streets.

"We've all done so much already to protect ourselves and the wider community so please continue to follow the health advice and show us your support for these Christmas events with a difference so we can all enjoy the season safely.

"As our thoughts also turn to Christmas shopping, remember to support our business community and the importance of the Shop, Eat and Enjoy Local message. I'm looking forward to taking part in the cavalcade and I hope to see you there when we visit your town."

The routes for all towns are detailed below and we would encourage people to choose a safe spot to view the procession.

Christmas Cavalcade details ***(REVISED 24TH NOVEMBER 2021)***

November 18th 7pm – 8pm.
The Ballymoney cavalcade will start and finish at Megaw Park Coleraine Road. Route - Coleraine Road, High Street, Main Street, Meeting House Street, Queen Street, Victoria Street, Charles Street, Coleraine Road to Megaw Park.

November 20th 4pm - 5.30pm.
The Limavady cavalcade will start/finish at Limavady Leisure Centre.
Route - Greystone Road, Irish Green Street, Rathbrady Road, Roe Mill Road, Catherine Street, Linenhall Street, Connell Street, Irish Green Street, Greystone Road to Leisure Centre.

November 25th 6.30pm – 7.45pm.
The Ballycastle cavalcade will start at Leyland Road (Dalriada Hospital Lower Car Park) and finish at the Harbour.
Route - Leyland Road, Castle Street, Ann Street, Quay Road, North Street, Bayview
Road to the Harbour.

November 29th 6.30pm – 7.45pm.
The Garvagh cavalcade start/finish at Garvagh Sports Centre.
Route - Kinard Park, Kurin Road, Ballynameen, Carhill Road, Main Street to The BP Filling Station. Return via Main Street, Carhill Road, Ballynameen, Kurin Road, Kinard Park.

November 30th 6.30pm-7.45pm
The Dungiven cavalcade will start/finish at the GAA Hall Garvagh Road.
Route - Garvagh Road, Station Road, Ballyquinn Road, Main Street, Garvagh Road to the GAA Hall

December 1st 6.30pm-7.30pm
The Portstewart cavalcade will start/finish at Convention Avenue Car Park.
Route - Convention Avenue, Lever Road, Church Street, The Diamond, The Promenade, Portmore Road, Central Avenue, Old Coach Road, Lever Road, Convention Avenue to the car park.

December 2nd 6.30pm-7.45pm.
The Coleraine cavalcade will start/finish at Coleraine Leisure Centre.
Route - Railway Road, Kingsgate Street, Church Street, The Diamond, Abbey Street, Upper New Road, Beresford Place, Bannfield Road, Hanover Place, Bann Bridge, Waterside, Bann Bridge, Circular Road, Union Street. Railway Road to Leisure Centre.

December 3rd 6.30pm – 7.45pm.
The Portrush cavalcade will start/finish at the Council Depot.
Route - Causeway Street, Crocknamac Road, Eglington Street, Kerr Street, Main Street, Causeway Street to Council Depot.

December 4th 4pm – 5pm.
The Kilrea cavalcade will start/finish at the Sports Centre.
Route - Sports Centre, Craiglee Gardens, Coleraine Road, The Diamond, Church Street, turn at roundabout, Church Street, The Diamond, Maghera Street, The Fairhill, turn in Fairhill, Maghera Street, The Diamond, Coleraine Street, Craiglea Gardens. Large vehicles will start at the junction of Craiglee Gardens/Coleraine Road at Mullin's Ice-cream factory.

Please note Christmas lights will be switched on at an unannounced time in all locations to prevent mass gatherings.

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