Abseiling man decorates huge Christmas tree in Belfast's Victoria Square
Christmas has arrived at Victoria Square, where workmen were today seen scaling the Belfast shopping centre's massive Christmas tree.
This fearless fella was pictured abseiling from the centre's dome to decorate the tree with sparkling silver stars, while shoppers watched in awe from below.
The lights will be switched on this Saturday, when Victoria Square will stage its biggest ever Christmas parade.
Over 500 dancers, musicians and circus acts from across Northern Ireland will perform at the Christmas light switch-on from 6pm.
Igniting the Christmas spirit in the city will be the Ballet School of Dreams dancing the Nutcracker Waltz of the Flowers, the Hilcroft Special Needs School Makaton Choir signing Frosty The Snowman, and of course Santa and Mrs Claus will do the special honours of flicking the switch.
Face Painters, balloon modellers, caricaturists and a real life reindeer will be spreading cheer from 3pm - more information at www.victoriasquare.com.
Over at Belfast City Hall, the lights will be turned on next Saturday, November 14 at 6.45pm, which also marks the opening of the Continental Christmas Market 2015.
The Gruffalo is coming out of the deep dark wood to help Lord Mayor Arder Carson switch on the city's lights, along with Captain Barnacles and Kwazii from the Octonauts performing their mini show To Your Stations and an extract from Cinderella, Belfast Waterfront’s Christmas pantomime.
Free tickets will be available from the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre.