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12th November 2011. Santa takes centre stage at his throne in the Enchanted Forest Grotto at CastleCourt after a Christmas Parade from Belfast City Hall.

12th November 2011. Santa takes centre stage at his throne in the Enchanted Forest Grotto at CastleCourt after a Christmas Parade from Belfast City Hall.

Darren Kidd

12th November 2011. Santa takes centre stage at his throne in the Enchanted Forest Grotto at CastleCourt after a Christmas Parade from Belfast City Hall.

12th November 2011. Santa takes centre stage at his throne in the Enchanted Forest Grotto at CastleCourt after a Christmas Parade from Belfast City Hall.

Darren Kidd

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 12th November 2011 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Santa takes centre stage at his throne in the Enchanted Forest Grotto at CastleCourt after a Christmas Parade from Belfast City Hall.

©Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 12th November 2011 Mandatory Credit - Picture by Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Santa takes centre stage at his throne in the Enchanted Forest Grotto at CastleCourt after a Christmas Parade from Belfast City Hall.

Darren Kidd

12th November 2011. Santa takes centre stage at his throne in the Enchanted Forest Grotto at CastleCourt after a Christmas Parade from Belfast City Hall.

12th November 2011. Santa takes centre stage at his throne in the Enchanted Forest Grotto at CastleCourt after a Christmas Parade from Belfast City Hall.

Darren Kidd

12th November 2011. Santa takes centre stage at his throne in the Enchanted Forest Grotto at CastleCourt after a Christmas Parade from Belfast City Hall. Nathan Geddis (4) with Santa

12th November 2011. Santa takes centre stage at his throne in the Enchanted Forest Grotto at CastleCourt after a Christmas Parade from Belfast City Hall. Nathan Geddis (4) with Santa

Darren Kidd

Saturday 19th November 2011. Belfast City Council annual Christmas Lights Switch-On at Belfast City Hall

Saturday 19th November 2011. Belfast City Council annual Christmas Lights Switch-On at Belfast City Hall

Saturday 19th November 2011. Belfast City Council annual Christmas Lights Switch-On at Belfast City Hall

Saturday 19th November 2011. Belfast City Council annual Christmas Lights Switch-On at Belfast City Hall

Saturday 19th November 2011. Belfast City Council annual Christmas Lights Switch-On at Belfast City Hall

Saturday 19th November 2011. Belfast City Council annual Christmas Lights Switch-On at Belfast City Hall

Saturday 19th November 2011. Belfast City Council annual Christmas Lights Switch-On at Belfast City Hall

Saturday 19th November 2011. Belfast City Council annual Christmas Lights Switch-On at Belfast City Hall

Saturday 19th November 2011. Belfast City Council annual Christmas Lights Switch-On at Belfast City Hall

Saturday 19th November 2011. Belfast City Council annual Christmas Lights Switch-On at Belfast City Hall

Belfast City Council annual Christmas Lights Switch-On at Belfast City Hall. Christmas 2011

Belfast City Council annual Christmas Lights Switch-On at Belfast City Hall. Christmas 2011

Continental Christmas Market opens at Belfast City Hall.  Christmas 2011

Continental Christmas Market opens at Belfast City Hall. Christmas 2011

Continental Christmas Market opens at Belfast City Hall.  Christmas 2011

Continental Christmas Market opens at Belfast City Hall. Christmas 2011

Continental Christmas Market opens at Belfast City Hall

Continental Christmas Market opens at Belfast City Hall

Continental Christmas Market opens at Belfast City Hall.

Continental Christmas Market opens at Belfast City Hall.

Continental Christmas Market opens at Belfast City Hall.

Continental Christmas Market opens at Belfast City Hall.

Friday 18th November 2011. Lisburn lights up for Christmas.

Friday 18th November 2011. Lisburn lights up for Christmas.

Friday 18th November 2011. Lisburn lights up for Christmas.

Friday 18th November 2011. Lisburn lights up for Christmas.

Friday 18th November 2011. Lisburn lights up for Christmas.

Friday 18th November 2011. Lisburn lights up for Christmas.

Friday 18th November 2011. Lisburn lights up for Christmas

Friday 18th November 2011. Lisburn lights up for Christmas

Belfast City Council annual Christmas Lights Switch-On at Belfast City Hall. Christmas 2011

Belfast City Council annual Christmas Lights Switch-On at Belfast City Hall. Christmas 2011

26th November 2010. Lesley-Anne Henry travels around Belfast City Centre in serch of top bargains for Christmas.

26th November 2010. Lesley-Anne Henry travels around Belfast City Centre in serch of top bargains for Christmas.

20th November 2010. Thousands lined the streets of Lisburn City on Friday evening to see Lisburn switch on its Christmas lights, sponsored by BT.

20th November 2010. Thousands lined the streets of Lisburn City on Friday evening to see Lisburn switch on its Christmas lights, sponsored by BT.

20th November 2010 . Thousands lined the streets of Lisburn City on Friday evening to see Lisburn switch on its Christmas lights, sponsored by BT.

20th November 2010 . Thousands lined the streets of Lisburn City on Friday evening to see Lisburn switch on its Christmas lights, sponsored by BT.

20th November 2010 . Thousands lined the streets of Lisburn City on Friday evening to see Lisburn switch on its Christmas lights, sponsored by BT.

20th November 2010 . Thousands lined the streets of Lisburn City on Friday evening to see Lisburn switch on its Christmas lights, sponsored by BT.

19th November 2011. Belfast City Council annual Christmas Lights Switch-On at Belfast City Hall pictued is the cast of Aladdin

19th November 2011. Belfast City Council annual Christmas Lights Switch-On at Belfast City Hall pictued is the cast of Aladdin

19th November 2011. Belfast City Council annual Christmas Lights Switch-On at Belfast City Hall pictued is Fireman Sam who performed a special mini-show.

19th November 2011. Belfast City Council annual Christmas Lights Switch-On at Belfast City Hall pictued is Fireman Sam who performed a special mini-show.

Saturday 19th November 2011. Belfast City Council annual Christmas Lights Switch-On at Belfast City Hall Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile switches on the lights with Neil, Hazel, and Luke Bailie

Saturday 19th November 2011. Belfast City Council annual Christmas Lights Switch-On at Belfast City Hall Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile switches on the lights with Neil, Hazel, and Luke Bailie

23rd November 2011. Thousands of fans converge in Omagh to see X Factor singing sensation Janet Devlin turn on the Christmas lights.

23rd November 2011. Thousands of fans converge in Omagh to see X Factor singing sensation Janet Devlin turn on the Christmas lights.

Darren Kidd

23rd November 2011. Thousands of fans converge in Omagh to see X Factor singing sensation Janet Devlin turn on the Christmas lights.

23rd November 2011. Thousands of fans converge in Omagh to see X Factor singing sensation Janet Devlin turn on the Christmas lights.

Darren Kidd

23rd November 2011. Thousands of fans converge in Omagh to see X Factor singing sensation Janet Devlin turn on the Christmas lights.

23rd November 2011. Thousands of fans converge in Omagh to see X Factor singing sensation Janet Devlin turn on the Christmas lights.

Darren Kidd

23rd November 2011. Thousands of fans converge in Omagh to see X Factor singing sensation Janet Devlin turn on the Christmas lights. Janet Devlin with James McGurk

23rd November 2011. Thousands of fans converge in Omagh to see X Factor singing sensation Janet Devlin turn on the Christmas lights. Janet Devlin with James McGurk

Darren Kidd

20th November 2010 - Thousands lined the streets of Lisburn City on Friday evening to see Lisburn switch on its Christmas lights, sponsored by BT.

20th November 2010 - Thousands lined the streets of Lisburn City on Friday evening to see Lisburn switch on its Christmas lights, sponsored by BT.

20th November 2010 - Thousands lined the streets of Lisburn City on Friday evening to see Lisburn switch on its Christmas lights, sponsored by BT.

20th November 2010 - Thousands lined the streets of Lisburn City on Friday evening to see Lisburn switch on its Christmas lights, sponsored by BT.

20th November 2010 - Thousands lined the streets of Lisburn City on Friday evening to see Lisburn switch on its Christmas lights, sponsored by BT.

20th November 2010 - Thousands lined the streets of Lisburn City on Friday evening to see Lisburn switch on its Christmas lights, sponsored by BT.

20th November 2010 - Thousands lined the streets of Lisburn City on Friday evening to see Lisburn switch on its Christmas lights, sponsored by BT.

20th November 2010 - Thousands lined the streets of Lisburn City on Friday evening to see Lisburn switch on its Christmas lights, sponsored by BT.

20th November 2010 - Thousands lined the streets of Lisburn City on Friday evening to see Lisburn switch on its Christmas lights, sponsored by BT.

20th November 2010 - Thousands lined the streets of Lisburn City on Friday evening to see Lisburn switch on its Christmas lights, sponsored by BT.

20th November 2010 -Thousands lined the streets of Lisburn City on Friday evening to see Lisburn switch on its Christmas lights, sponsored by BT.

20th November 2010 -Thousands lined the streets of Lisburn City on Friday evening to see Lisburn switch on its Christmas lights, sponsored by BT.

18th November 2010. Santa arrives in style on his Harley motorbike at High St Mall in Portadown. He was accompanied by other bikers and Christmas characters where he met the towns children in Santa's High St Mall Grotto.

18th November 2010. Santa arrives in style on his Harley motorbike at High St Mall in Portadown. He was accompanied by other bikers and Christmas characters where he met the towns children in Santa's High St Mall Grotto.

©William Cherry/Presseye

18th November 2010. Santa arrives in style on his Harley motorbike at High St Mall in Portadown. He was accompanied by other bikers and Christmas characters where he met the towns children in Santa's High St Mall Grotto.

18th November 2010. Santa arrives in style on his Harley motorbike at High St Mall in Portadown. He was accompanied by other bikers and Christmas characters where he met the towns children in Santa's High St Mall Grotto.

©William Cherry/Presseye

18th November 2010. Santa arrives in style on his Harley motorbike at High St Mall in Portadown. He was accompanied by other bikers and Christmas characters where he met the towns children in Santa's High St Mall Grotto.

18th November 2010. Santa arrives in style on his Harley motorbike at High St Mall in Portadown. He was accompanied by other bikers and Christmas characters where he met the towns children in Santa's High St Mall Grotto.

©William Cherry/Presseye

20th November 2010.  TV presenter Eamonn Holmes and his wife Ruth Langsford help turn on Belfast's Christmas tree lights.  They were joined on stage by the Belfast School of Music, Angelina Ballerina, Sportacus and Stephanie from Lazy Town and Santa.  Crowds gather in front of the city hall during the event.

20th November 2010. TV presenter Eamonn Holmes and his wife Ruth Langsford help turn on Belfast's Christmas tree lights. They were joined on stage by the Belfast School of Music, Angelina Ballerina, Sportacus and Stephanie from Lazy Town and Santa. Crowds gather in front of the city hall during the event.

Cast members from the Grand Opera House Panto joined with children who attended the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children Christmas party held at the Culloden Hotel Belfast on Saturday.Cast member May McFettridge joins in the fun with Jon McAllister at the party.

Cast members from the Grand Opera House Panto joined with children who attended the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children Christmas party held at the Culloden Hotel Belfast on Saturday.Cast member May McFettridge joins in the fun with Jon McAllister at the party.

©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 20th November 2010.  TV presenter Eamonn Holmes and his wife Ruth Langsford help turn on Belfast's Christmas tree lights.  They were joined on stage by the Belfast School of Music, Angelina Ballerina, Sportacus and Stephanie from Lazy Town and Santa.  Crowds gather in front of the city hall during the event.

©Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Press Eye Ltd -Northern Ireland - 20th November 2010. TV presenter Eamonn Holmes and his wife Ruth Langsford help turn on Belfast's Christmas tree lights. They were joined on stage by the Belfast School of Music, Angelina Ballerina, Sportacus and Stephanie from Lazy Town and Santa. Crowds gather in front of the city hall during the event.

20th November 2010.  TV presenter Eamonn Holmes and his wife Ruth Langsford help turn on Belfast's Christmas tree lights.  They were joined on stage by the Belfast School of Music, Angelina Ballerina, Sportacus and Stephanie from Lazy Town and Santa.  Crowds gather in front of the city hall during the event.

20th November 2010. TV presenter Eamonn Holmes and his wife Ruth Langsford help turn on Belfast's Christmas tree lights. They were joined on stage by the Belfast School of Music, Angelina Ballerina, Sportacus and Stephanie from Lazy Town and Santa. Crowds gather in front of the city hall during the event.

20th November 2010.  TV presenter Eamonn Holmes and his wife Ruth Langsford help turn on Belfast's Christmas tree lights.  They were joined on stage by the Belfast School of Music, Angelina Ballerina, Sportacus and Stephanie from Lazy Town and Santa.  Crowds gather in front of the city hall during the event.

20th November 2010. TV presenter Eamonn Holmes and his wife Ruth Langsford help turn on Belfast's Christmas tree lights. They were joined on stage by the Belfast School of Music, Angelina Ballerina, Sportacus and Stephanie from Lazy Town and Santa. Crowds gather in front of the city hall during the event.

20th November 2010.  TV presenter Eamonn Holmes and his wife Ruth Langsford help turn on Belfast's Christmas tree lights.  They were joined on stage by the Belfast School of Music, Angelina Ballerina, Sportacus and Stephanie from Lazy Town and Santa.  Sportacus from Lazy Town pictured in front of the city hall during the event.

20th November 2010. TV presenter Eamonn Holmes and his wife Ruth Langsford help turn on Belfast's Christmas tree lights. They were joined on stage by the Belfast School of Music, Angelina Ballerina, Sportacus and Stephanie from Lazy Town and Santa. Sportacus from Lazy Town pictured in front of the city hall during the event.

12 Days of...' Christmas Launches in Lisburn!Nearly 200 local primary school children took part in the Lisburn City Council spectacular Christmas Lights Switch On this weekend.From the partridge in a pear tree, to four golden calling birds, to swans a-swimming and ladies dancing - the crowds were delighted during the dazzling lantern and costume parade through the City centre. Christmas 2007

12 Days of...' Christmas Launches in Lisburn!Nearly 200 local primary school children took part in the Lisburn City Council spectacular Christmas Lights Switch On this weekend.From the partridge in a pear tree, to four golden calling birds, to swans a-swimming and ladies dancing - the crowds were delighted during the dazzling lantern and costume parade through the City centre. Christmas 2007

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'12 Days of...' Christmas Launches in Lisburn!Nearly 200 local primary school children took part in the Lisburn City Council spectacular Christmas Lights Switch On this weekend.From the partridge in a pear tree, to four golden calling birds, to swans a-swimming and ladies dancing - the crowds were delighted during the dazzling lantern and costume parade through the City centre. Children from Lisburn Community Circus dressed as 5 Gold Rings. Christmas 2007

'12 Days of...' Christmas Launches in Lisburn!Nearly 200 local primary school children took part in the Lisburn City Council spectacular Christmas Lights Switch On this weekend.From the partridge in a pear tree, to four golden calling birds, to swans a-swimming and ladies dancing - the crowds were delighted during the dazzling lantern and costume parade through the City centre. Children from Lisburn Community Circus dressed as 5 Gold Rings. Christmas 2007

Kelvin Boyes

.Belfast City Hall, Belfast Eye and Continental Market, illuminated after the switch on of Belfast Christmas lights. Tuesday November 20, 2007.

.Belfast City Hall, Belfast Eye and Continental Market, illuminated after the switch on of Belfast Christmas lights. Tuesday November 20, 2007.

Paul Faith

Belfast's Black Santa Dean Houston McKelvey starts his annual Christmas sit-out to raise money for charity at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast. December 17, 2008.

Belfast's Black Santa Dean Houston McKelvey starts his annual Christmas sit-out to raise money for charity at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast. December 17, 2008.

Paul Faith

11th Dec 2010 Glenarm Castle Christmas - Children Meet Santa and the Elves, Andrew and Hanna Scott meet Santa at Glenarm

11th Dec 2010 Glenarm Castle Christmas - Children Meet Santa and the Elves, Andrew and Hanna Scott meet Santa at Glenarm

Declan Roughan

11th Dec 201 Glenarm Castle Christmas - Children Meet Santa and the ElvesCharlie O'Connell aged 4 gets a gift from Santas eEves David and Stuart Morrow

11th Dec 201 Glenarm Castle Christmas - Children Meet Santa and the ElvesCharlie O'Connell aged 4 gets a gift from Santas eEves David and Stuart Morrow

Declan Roughan

16/12/08 Christmas tree at Belfast City Hall, which was supplied by Northern Ireland's Forestry Service.

16/12/08 Christmas tree at Belfast City Hall, which was supplied by Northern Ireland's Forestry Service.

Paul Faith

General view of Victoria Square shopping centre in Belfast over the Christmas period.

General view of Victoria Square shopping centre in Belfast over the Christmas period.

Kelvin Boyes

General view of Victoria Square shopping centre in Belfast over the Christmas period.

General view of Victoria Square shopping centre in Belfast over the Christmas period.

Kelvin Boyes

Banbridge Council workers start to clear the ice and snow from the towns streets to help Christmas shoppers get their last minute shopping done.

Banbridge Council workers start to clear the ice and snow from the towns streets to help Christmas shoppers get their last minute shopping done.

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12th November 2011. Santa takes centre stage at his throne in the Enchanted Forest Grotto at CastleCourt after a Christmas Parade from Belfast City Hall.

The countdown to Christmas officially gets under way today as television personality Julian Simmons teams up with CBeebies favourites Zingzillas for the annual lights switch on at Belfast City Hall from 6.45pm.

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Here, we present some of the best festive images from the last few years in Belfast.

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