It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas in Belfast city centre as CastleCourt Shopping Centre held their spectacular annual Santa’s Arrival Parade on Saturday.
CastleCourt’s Santa Parade sang, danced and cheered down Donegall Place and Royal Avenue to begin the festive season on Saturday to celebrate his arrival at his residency at CastleCourt’s Winter Wonderland Grotto for the season.
The parade was made up of animated floats and more than 40 characters from Disney, Marvel and the North Pole and music from Beat Carnival, festive surprises. Santa,
Mrs Claus and their elves were also joined on the day by charity partner NI Hospice to bring Christmas magic to Belfast.
The event came as Belfast’s annual Christmas market also made a welcome return to this city on Saturday marking the official countdown to the festive season.
Later the Let’s Glow Belfast Christmas lights switch-on event will see the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Ryan Murphy, joining the Cool FM breakfast crew and a range of local performers and musicians to illuminate the city and count down to the festive season.
Take a look through our photo gallery below to see some highlights from Saturday’s festive fun in the city.
Photos: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye