Belfast Telegraph

Joshua unwraps Christmas magic as it used to be

By Colin O'Carroll

The magic of the traditional Christmas window is being resurrected at the Metropolitan Arts Centre in Belfast.

Years ago families would make a special trip into town to marvel at the department store windows all dressed up for the season.

In a joint competition involving the Mac, the Belfast Telegraph and supermarket chain Lidl, lucky winner three-year-old Joshua Robinson got to rip down the wrapping paper covering the centre's Christmas window.

Joshua from Newtownards was entered into the competition by his granny Ann-Marie Power who was there along with his mum and dad and baby cousin Alethea.

As well as unveiling the seasonal attraction, the lucky family won tickets to the The Family Hoffmann's Christmas Mystery Palace by the Mac and Cahoots NI, as well as a meet and greet characters from the show.

They also picked up a weekend break for the family to a Lidl Breaks hotel of their choice in Ireland or Northern Ireland as well as a load of seasonal goodies.

Ten runners up also won family tickets to the Family Hoffman show.

As well as the magical window, the Mac is running a whole series of Christmas events to involve the whole family.

Alongside the Christmas show there are 'curiously creative workshops' aimed at little ones who can explore Christmases past with resident artists.

Children will be shown how to make delicate trinkets and Christmas cards with a twist.

The window will be in place until January and members of the public are invited to go along and take a look.

There is also a jolly, rather rotund gentleman in a red suit currently in residence who is very happy to see lots of good little girls and boys.

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