Rathfriland girl Connie McDowell (4) receives a gift from Santa and Mrs Claus during Christmas on The Hill last year.
RATHFRILAND will be sparked into Christmas this weekend with the town’s annual Christmas light switch-on.
The lights lining the town and the magnificent tree at the front of the Market House will be officially switched on this Friday evening (30 November).
The big occasion will be accompanied with a family-fun festival and all are invited.
Organised by Rathfriland Regeneration Group, the annual Christmas Light Switch-on is one of the highlights of the town calendar.
The evening starts around 6.30pm with some rousing festive anthems expertly performed by Rathfriland Silver Band.
The Christmas message will be relayed at 6.50pm with the countdown to the Christmas Light Switch-on and the arrival of Santa and Mrs Claus at 7pm.
This year, their grotto will be set up in the former Bank of Ireland/ Katie Banks building. All children are welcome to call in to meet Santa and deliver that all-important wish list! There is plenty of time to meet the Man of the Moment as the grotto will be open from 7pm-9pm.
A novelty will be the chance to have a traditional horse and carriage ride around the square for 50p.
Other attractions include face painting and the local branch of Cancer Focus offering some welcome hot drinks.
Banbridge man, Tommy Wilson (pictured) - the self-styled Banbridge Dinosaur - is planning to visit town.
Video clips posted online of Tommy’s stunts dressed in a giant dinosaur suit cycling a small BMX bike around Banbridge have gone viral and he’s always a popular sight.
Meanwhile, the Royal British Legion will again be hosting a Craft Fair in the former Northern Bank from 5-9pm.
The usual street collection will be taking place with all donations going to RBH. Sick Children Play Department.
This event is supported by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Rathfriland’s Once Again Charity Shop and Rathfriland Regen’s recent Craft Fair.