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How early is too early for a town's Christmas tree? Ballymena has put theirs up already

Published 21/10/2016

Father Christmas stands outside and admires the Christmas window displays themed as 'Shine on', at Sefridges department store in Oxford Street in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 20, 2016. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Father Christmas stands outside and admires the Christmas window displays themed as 'Shine on', at Sefridges department store in Oxford Street in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 20, 2016. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
A woman looks at one of the Christmas window displays themed as 'Shine on' at Sefridges department store in Oxford Street in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 20, 2016. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Just one of the Christmas window displays themed as 'Shine on', at Sefridges department store in Oxford Street in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 20, 2016. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Ballymena appears to be the first town in Northern Ireland to erect its Christmas tree this year.

It is not even Hallow'een yet already Ballymena's tree is up at The Braid - some 65 days ahead of Christmas Day, although it has yet to be decorated or lit.

Ballymena is usually one of the first locations in Northern Ireland to put up its Christmas tree.

Last year the tree appeared at The Braid at the end of October and was the first Christmas tree in the UK to be lit up when it was switched on with a flourish on November 2.

In 2014 the Ballymena tree was lit up on November 3.

Christmas has arrived (very) early in Coleraine

However in 2010 Coleraine erected theirs even earlier - in September.

Meanwhile in London, department store Selfridges on Oxford Street has unveiled its Christmas window for the festive season, and in Dublin, department store Brown Thomas has done likewise.

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