CastleCourt is getting ready to ‘deck the malls’ ahead of its annual Christmas parade this Saturday 16th November, which will see thousands of families line the streets of Belfast to welcome Santa as he flies in to CastleCourt for the festive season.

Entertaining thousands of families for nearly 30 years, the CastleCourt Christmas Parade is a highlight in the festive calendar and this year’s parade promises to be so magical that even the Grinch can’t help but get into the spirit of Christmas.

Setting off from Writer’s Square at 11.50am, Santa will lead the procession in his Frozen inspired sleigh, joined by Mrs. Claus and Rudolph the Reindeer, as they travel along Donegal Street, past St Anne’s Cathedral, and make their way towards CastleCourt to herald Santa’s arrival at 12.00noon alongside the U105 crew.

Families are invited to wrap up warmly and follow the parade as Santa and his famous friends take to the streets to spread festive cheer throughout the city. Travel to infinity and beyond alongside the Toys are Alive float, with a much loved astronaut and cowboy duo and “let it go” with the Snow Sisters and the infamous Snowman, as they treat audiences to a magical performance from The Frozen Princess playing at the Waterfront.

To add to the magic, a host of Christmas characters will be there to entertain the crowds as they await Santa’s arrival, including a juggling elf, a giant toy soldier, a stilt-walking ice-queen, the Grinch, the ugly sisters and even Mrs. Christmas! Join in the festive fun with the colourful characters and help give Santa a big Belfast welcome as he takes up dwelling in his grotto at 1pm.

Families can make a day of it by staying on for some festive entertainment. Belfast’s annual Christmas Lights Switch On kicks off at the City Hall at 6.30pm and starting at 4pm, families can follow the animated adventures of Soda the Cat and Champ the Dog as they try to make it home in time for Christmas, with a new episode airing each Saturday on the buildings opposite CastleCourt – a “purrfect” way to wrap up a festive family day out at Belfast’s best-loved shopping centre.