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Causeway Coast & Glens Christmas set to go online due to Covid-19 restrictions

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BT Coleraine

Causeway Coast & Glens Council is set to switch Christmas online this year, the council’s Leisure and Development Committee agreed this evening.

At the monthly meeting, councillors discussed plans for a programme that will take place virtually at an estimated cost of £15,000.

This proposal would entail running a ten-day programme of Christmas events in a restricted venue and virtual form.

Proposals put forward to Councillors were :

– Online message from The Mayor and Santa (pre-recorded and delivered online) with lights in four main towns to turn on during one pre-agreed evening with 5 smaller towns being turned on during a second pre-agreed evening. The Events Team will promote the ‘switch ons’, but will encourage people not to congregate at switch-on times in various towns (in line with Covid-19 restrictions).
Council will post an online video (pre-recorded) of the lights being turned on in each town to mitigate against this.

– Virtual message from the Mayor
– Virtual message from Santa
– Virtual switch-on
– Virtual Christmas Children’s Storytelling
– Virtual Christmas Arts & Crafts
– Virtual food demonstration
– Pop-up town centre animation

Councillors praised officers for their hard work in the preparation of Christmas festivities with the current restrictions that are in place.

The full decision will go before full council on 3rd November 2020.

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