Armagh's Georgian Day: such fun to roll back centuries
It's been running for 10 years and those in the know put Armagh's Georgian Day in their diary well in advance.
But for many it was a revelation, as the city's Georgian period came alive with actors in period costume, carriage rides around the famous Mall and Christmas market stalls spread throughout the historic streets.
Servings of hot stew, mulled wine and other Christmas delights were going down a treat, as a brass ensemble pumped out traditional carols in the marketplace, a spirited rendition by some of As Shepherds Washed Their Socks By Night amusing the young 'uns.
The old Armagh Gaol was also now open to the public and was free to enter, but the highlight was the spectacular lightshow.
As huge crowds gathered on the Marketplace Theatre steps, a whole Christmas story unfolded on a traditional Georgian house.
The house came alive with stylised period lights outside and glowing windows, with people seen within preparing for Christmas, before US star Katy Perry's chart hit Firework blasted out and pyrotechnics lit up the sky.
It was more like a 3D film, music video and firework display all rolled into one.
Such is the growing popularity of the event that there are now three shows on the night – and it's completely free.
Keep the last Saturday in November next year free for what is one of the best family Christmas days out on offer.
- COLIN O'CARROLL