Santa Claus is coming to town!

Joanne Ross


Joanne Ross


GET into the Christmas spirit with Kilkeel’s annual Dickens’ Day event this Saturday (1 December).

This year it’s all about ‘Make It Local/ Shop Local,’ building upon the success of last year’s campaign.

Over 60 local independent traders will be offering Dickens’ Day/ Weekend special offers, food tasters and giveaways. Whether you are looking for fashion, food, jewellery, homeware or toys – Kilkeel has it all wrapped up this Christmas.

Then there’s the Dickens’ Day annual grand giveaway - over £1,400 to be won.

In order to take part, pop into our participating local shops within Kilkeel and spend £10 between 9am–3.45pm. In return you will receive a coupon with every £10 spent to be entered in the prize draw to be in with a chance of winning over £1400 in gift vouchers.

All you have to do is head to the Lower Square marquee to enter your coupons before 4pm for the chance to win a prize from over 60 shops.

Heartbeat NI annual charity Santa Walk

Kilkeel will become a sea of red on Dickens’ Day with the annual Heartbeat NI charity Santa Walk.

Now seen as one of the main highlights of the day’s activities, event organisers Irwyn and Carol McKibbin are calling on the entire community to come along and join the festive spirit while soaking up the Christmas atmosphere which is a great family fun day out while supporting such a worthwhile charity.

Registration on Dickens’ Day on Saturday (1 December) will take place at 3.30pm in the Kilmorey Arms Hotel. Entry fee is £5 per child and £10 per adult. All participating Santas will be provided with a Santa suit.

Speaking on behalf of the Heartbeat NI charity, Mr McKibbin stated that the Santa Walk is now an annual event in the Christmas calendar and creates a great buzz.

“This year we are looking to increase our number of Santas and we are calling upon all local primary and secondary schools, community, voluntary and sports groups, dance groups and local businesses to get involved – everyone welcome!

“All proceeds raised support the work of Clark Clinic at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, the paediatric cardiac unit for the province.”

The Santa Walk commences at 4.30pm departing from the front of the Kilmorey Arms Hotel, for a short procession around the town centre and finishing at the Lower Square Car Park for the official Christmas Lights Switch-on.

The Annual Light Parade will take place in conjunction with the annual Santa Walk which will depart from the Kilmorey Arms Hotel at 4.30pm on Dickens’ Day.

Other event highlights include the Fishermen’s Mission Seventh Annual Christmas Tree Festival from 10am-6pm.

A ‘Make it Local Christmas Market’ in the events space in Lower Square from 1pm-5pm.

A Santa’s Grotto from 2pm-4.30pm when children get to meet Santa in the Narnia-inspired Winter Wonderland at the Events Space with a train ride, Swing Boats, Face Painting, Balloon Modelling, Cartoon Characters at the Events Space/ Lower Square.

The official Christmas light switch-on will be at 5pm.

For further information please contact: Kilkeel Visitor Information Centre on 028 4176 2525.

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