Start your magical Christmas story at Portadown’s spectacular switch on!


Start your magical Christmas story in style and watch Portadown shine bright at the annual ‘tree-mendous’ Christmas lights switch on and twilight market!

Taking place on Friday 16th November, the merriment starts from 6.00pm on the town centre plaza with a magical line-up of fabulous entertainment, song and dance to welcome the yuletide season to town!

Organised by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, there will be fun-filled free festive entertainment on the plaza includes live music, children’s arts workshops, face painting and circus performers!

Extra special guest Santa Claus will be whizzing into town to help switch on the Christmas lights before joining his elves in his magical grotto to listen to all the little one’s Christmas wishes!

You can also enjoy the festive glee at the tremendous twilight market! Step into a winter wonderland of fairy-lit stalls and sample an array of creative crafts, artisan food and drink, delectable food delights and stunning giftware – it will be bustling with all your yuletide favourites!

While you browse the beautiful hand-made crafts to find that special Christmas gift, check out the fabulous Christmas cookery masterclasses led by none other than celebrity chef Jenny Bristow who will be working her culinary magic and giving out plenty of hints and tips on how to produce a delicious festive spread!

So wrap up warm, grab your family and friends, come along and soak up the joyous atmosphere and celebrate this festive season.

For further information on what festive events are on near you, and to download the full programme of activities, visit