Communities Helping Illuminate Portglenone
An annual event organised for Portglenone community, involving decoration of village with festive lighting and Christmas Tree, Santa Trail and Grotto. Funded by Portglenone Enterprise Group, Ballymena Borough Council and Traders donations
Portglenone Christmas Tree Lights will be switched on Wednesday 3rd December at 7 pm and afterwards Santa’s Grotto will be in the Riverside Suite in the Wild Duck. Presents £3.00, face painting £0.50.
Christmas is upon us once again and our CHIP committee ( Community Helping Illuminate Portglenone) have put in a tremendous effort. Preparation began back in June when the tree was selected in Randalstown Forest, the cost of which was covered by Costcutters on Main St and kindly transported to Portglenone on a Clady Timber lorry . Fullans Eurospar contributed to purchase of presents. All of the businesses in the village contribute financially to make this event a great success for the community. A Big Thank You to them all!
There have been regular committee meetings and tasks carried out by all our Chip Elves clocking up at least 330 voluntary hours !! We have been able to engage almost 50 volunteers from our community (children & adults ).
Jobs included collection and erection of tree and street lights, venue and grotto preparation, choir practice, parade managed by CRS mulled wine and shortbread dished out by 3 glamorous elves !!! and face painters adding colour to the faces of the smiling children!
To top it all Santa travelled down Main Street on horse and carriage provided by OB Construction , his little helpers from the 2 local primary schools Bailey Kerr and Cormac Mc Kay accompanied him in switching on the Christmas tree lights on the 4th of December.
Thanks to the Wilduck who provided the Riverside suite where Santa greeted over 200 children in his grotto.
Many shops remained open until late adding to the festive atmosphere in the village.
Thank you To All who contributed to keeping the Spirit of Christmas alive in our village of Portglenone!
Community members comments on the night -
‘Very friendly Santa, knew the kids from Lisnahuncheon’
‘Santa knew the children’
‘Very handsome man leading the horses-very good night, weather pleasant, lovely atmosphere’
‘Santa was the best bit’
‘A good wee night, I brought my next door neighbours child’
‘We love it , this is our third year, great to have something so good at our back door’
‘Excellent! very good night! Grand job, everything well organised, lovely!
‘ Brings a buzz to the town’
‘ The venue was beautiful, great work’