Coleraine’s Countdown to Christmas begins with fabulous promotions!

COLERAINE town centre kicks off a Countdown to Christmas campaign with a special promotion day this Thursday.

Traders in the town centre have all come together to help get their customers’ Christmas off to a great start by providing special one day promotions across both national and independent stores.

Julienne Elliott, Town Centre Manager, said: “ I am really encouraged with the cooperation from the traders who have come on board with this idea to allocate a specific day for promotions throughout the town.

“Working together will greatly enhance the Christmas offer and I have to thank all the traders who have backed this event financially including Right Price Carpets, Bonds Jewellers, Bishops Footwear, Dixons of Coleraine, Moore’s of Coleraine, Gems Jewellers, Martha’s House, Blue Inc and Diamond Shopping Centre.

“Thanks to the contributions made we have been able to advertise this event widely across various media which will encourage people to visit Coleraine. Town Management would like to see the Countdown to campaign become established as an annual event. Shops are staying open until 9pm and I would encourage everyone to come out, support this event and shop local for Christmas.”

Participating cafes and food outlets will also be putting on special promotions for the day and don’t forget to cut out and use the voucher provided by Martha’s House and avail of a refreshing cup of tea or coffee for only £1 on the day.

Coleraine has a unique range of independent and national retailers each providing fantastic promotional offers on Thursday, November 24, so make sure you take the opportunity to visit Coleraine town centre and get your Countdown to Christmas off to a great start.

Christmas in Coleraine town centre: what’s on

COLERAINE Town Partnership has produced a step by step guide to ‘What’s On’ this Christmas in Coleraine Town Centre and this is available at various outlets throughout the town and the tourist information office.

Christmas kicks off with three fabulous days of events in the town centre this weekend.

Firstly. Thursday, November 24 starts with a special promotion day throughout the town with shops staying open until 9pm.

Then, on Friday, Coleraine’s Christmas lights will be switched on with entertainment from 6.30pm. Finally, on Saturday, November 26 Urban Exposure hits the town,

This is a fantastic new event for all those urban sports enthusiasts taking place in the service yard at the Diamond Shopping Centre from 1pm to 6pm. Experience the thrill of these exciting sports including bmxing, free running, skateboarding, inline skating, hip hop and much more.

Carol singing from both young and not so young feature again this year with the schools choirs at lunchtimes on Wednesday, November 30 and Thursday, December 1 and on Saturday afternoons throughout December there will be local church choirs singing out the popular tunes.

Causeway Museum Service will provide a look back to the Victorian era with an exhibition in Coleraine Town Hall throughout December and also a family event on the Saturday, December 17 with the opportunity to enjoy traditional Christmas tales and make your own Christmas cracker to take home.

The Speciality Market is on twice during December, on Saturday, December 10 and again on Saturday, December 17, with quality gourmet food and drink, organic meat, fruit and vegetables, custom made crafts and jewellery pieces.

Please also support Caring Caretaker, Davy Boyle’s charity sit out at the Town Hall from December 5 to Christmas Eve.

To round off the build up to the big day bring the children into town on Christmas Eve from 1pm-3pm where they can meet the Upsy Daisy and Sponge Bob as they do some last minute shopping, while Scrooge gets converted by the Christmas Fairy. There will also be festive facepainting and balloon modelling for kids in the Diamond area - or Coleraine Town Hall if the weather is inclement.

Shops will open until 9pm and on Sundays from 1-6pm from December 5. You can also take the stress out of parking by using the free Park N Ride bus service which operates every Saturday from November 26. It runs every 15 minutes - from 9.30am to 6pm - from Riverside Retail Park to the town centre.

It picks up and drops off at three locations: Riverside Retail Park, Coleraine Library and Coleraine Leisure Centre.

Coleraine Town Partnership wish to thank all our funders including Coleraine Borough Council and DRD Roads Service for making of these events and schemes happen.