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Step back in time at the Whitehead Victorian Street Fair and enjoy a magical Christmas experience

Monday 13 November 2017

Take a journey back in time and experience the magic of Christmas at this year’s Whitehead Victorian Street Fair.

Whitehead Victoria Street Fair 2016

Whitehead will be transformed to reflect a bygone era on Saturday 25 November for a day packed full of fun events and activities for all the family, culminating in the big lights switch on and a festive firework display.

The picturesque town will be awash with bonnets and bustles; top hats and bushy sideburns; penny farthings and reindeer and sleigh, for the fair.

Visitors are encouraged to enter into the spirit of the day by donning Victorian clothing while they enjoy market stalls, food kiosks, street entertainment, pipe bands, jugglers, dancers, lantern parade, a carol service and much more.

Whitehead’s rich railway heritage will be celebrated, with the new RPSNI Museum and railway station featuring prominently in the celebrations. Among other attractions, the steam train will be out throughout the day and evening, adding a smoky authenticity to the occasion. Park and rides, operated by Translink, will also be running in the area.

The Whitehead Victorian Street Fair, first held in 2009, is organised by Whitehead Community Association in conjunction with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

Deputy Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Cheryl Johnston, said: “We have very exciting plans for this Christmas throughout Mid and East Antrim.

“Like many, I am really looking forward to Whitehead Victoria Street Fair, which is a unique and very special event every year, and draws families from across our Borough and further afield.

“This year there will be bigger and better with a packed programme of events and attractions to cater for all ages, with the local shops offering a range of fantastic goods and ideal Christmas gifts. I invite our residents to Find Your Christmas in Whitehead and Mid and East Antrim as a whole this festive season.”

Chairman of Whitehead Community Association, William Luney, said: “As we begin the Christmas season, Whitehead celebrates its unique history and heritage through the fair. 

“Whitehead’s churches, businesses, voluntary organisations and social groups are at the heart of the town’s strong sense of community. 

“Without these and the many individual volunteers who give so much of their time and energy, the Fair would not be what it is today.

“Whether it is drinking a glass of mulled wine, wandering around the many arts and crafts stalls, watching the street entertainers or learning about the local history, we are confident you will find something to surprise, entertain and delight you.”

The Whitehead Victorian Street Fair takes place from noon until 8pm on Saturday 25 November.

For further information about Victorian Street Fair, contact: Whitehead Community Centre on 028 93378077 (or e-mail whiteheadca@btconnect.com).

Details of free Christmas switch-on events, traditionally the highlights of the calendar year locally, were recently revealed by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and include reindeer and lantern parades, the arrival of Santa, food and crafts, live music and even fireworks.

Christmas switch-on events are also planned throughout the Borough over the coming days, with the main events taking place as follows:

  • Ballymena, Thursday 16 November, from 4pm until 7pm, and featuring a reindeer and lantern parade, late-night shopping, food and crafts, and live music. The big switch on takes place at Broadway
  • Larne, Friday 17 November, from 6pm until 8pm, and featuring a magical lantern parade, Santa carriage and floats, live music and carol singers. The big switch on takes place at Broadway
  • Carrickfergus, Saturday 18 November, from 1pm until 6pm, featuring a full day of family fun, live music and dance acts, and a fabulous firework finale. The big switch on takes place in the town centre, close to the Town Hall

Citizens are encouraged to use the hashtag #findyourchristmas when sharing pictures or videos on social media, or to find out the latest news about the wonderful series of events taking place throughout Mid and East Antrim.

Click here for more details of Christmas attractions in the Borough.

Photographs: Images from last year’s Whitehead Victorian Street Fair