Switch on Belfast’s Christmas lights

Singer Liz McClarnon and TV star Calum Best are to switch on Belfast’s Christmas lights next week.

Thousands of people are expected to pack into the city centre on Tuesday night, to herald the official start of Belfast’s Christmas season. Lord Mayor Pat McCarthy said every year, about 15,000 people pack into the area in front of City Hall.

A 40-foot Norway spruce from Lough Navar in County Fermanagh was manoeuvred into position outside the City Hall on Tuesday as the council launched its Christmas events programme.

Former Atomic Kitten Liz McClarnon, now a solo star in her own right, will perform a selection of her hits. Calum Best, son of the Belfast footballing legend George, is the special guest compere for the evening.

The show starts at about 1830 GMT with Pete Snodden, from Cool FM, playing popular festive hits. Cheerleaders, primary school singers and other entertainment will also be taking place.

Other highlights of the council’s Christmas programme include a Continental Christmas Market, in the grounds of City Hall from 22 November to 19 December and a New Year’s Eve party to mark the end of the City Hall’s centenary year.

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