Ballymena Spreads the Christmas Cheer

A young girl enjoys the new Ballymena Christmas advert, ÔThe Martian and The PigeonÕ during the Christmas celebrations.

Visitors to Ballymena town centre will be filled with cheer this Christmas as they enjoy a range of entertainment every Saturday in the lead up to Christmas. The Ballymena BID has organised a series of performances to ensure shoppers and visitors enjoy their time in the town.

The festive fun kicks off Saturday 2nd December with a live performance from the Counties Antrim and Derry Country Fiddlers Association (CADCFA) who will entertain the crowds between 1pm and 3pm at the town centre’s bandstand.  The CADCFA is made up of talented musicians of all ages who regularly perform in Ballymena to great appraise.

Saturday 9th December sees the return of The Martello Jazz Band to Ballymena. Formed in 1985 by a group of enthusiastic musicians, The Martello Jazz Band has had a successful career in introducing a wide range of audiences to jazz music. The band will be performing from 1pm to 3pm so come along and get those jazz hands moving.

Shoppers will be treated to the brilliant Ballymena Chamber Orchestra on Saturday 16th December from 1pm to 3pm. The Ballymena Orchestra will play some festive favourites to instil the festive spirit into the visitors and shoppers to the town.

As well as the Ballymena Chamber Orchestra, the little ones will be kept entertained by meeting some of their favourite Characters as the Friendly Faces team will be doing their walkaround from 1pm to 3pm, so make sure and keep your eyes peeled.

Finishing off the Christmas Entertainment is the outstanding Ballymena Community Choir who will be taking to the streets throughout the town on Saturday 23rd December to sing a range of well-known Christmas Carols and songs. The Ballymena Community Choir always create a great atmosphere and we once again look forward to their performance.

Speaking about the Christmas entertainment, Alison Moore, BID Manager said; “We are delighted to have such an array of musicians and entertainers coming along and adding to the festive feeling in Ballymena.  The town is fully prepared for a busy few weeks and there is so much on offer for shoppers and visitors alike.

“We recently launched the new Ballymena Christmas advert ‘The Martian and The Pigeon’ which is receiving great attention with almost 100,000 views already. The advert shows that Ballymena really does have something for everyone so I would encourage everyone to come along and experience it all for themselves.”

To keep up to date with what is happening in Ballymena over the festive period and to view The Martian and The Pigeon advert, check out the Ballymena Means Facebook page and

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