There promises to be fun for all the family, as well as young and older alike, when this fabulous event makes a welcome return on Saturday, November 26. After fierce storms Newtownards’ festive fun returns with Christmas lights switch on Mayor Karen Douglas with members of the Donaghadee Community Development Association. Mayor Karen Douglas with members of the Comber Regeneration Community Partnership and the Council’s Parks maintenance staff. THE season of festive fun is set to return to Newtownards with the eagerly anticipated Christmas Lights Switch on and Market next month. cancelled last year’s popular event, local traders are looking forward to showcasing their selection of quality Christmas gifts for the loved ones in our lives. Amongst the highlights will be a large festive market, a Christmas food village with a celebrity chef to tantalise Yuletide taste buds, as well as a children’s fun fair and performances by local dance groups, bands and school choirs. Announcing the return of the Christmas Swicth On and Market, Derek Wright, president of Newtownards Chamber of Trade, said: “The Christmas Market is back. Last year we had the problem with the storms and the market was cancelled. “In 2019 a lot of Newtownards traders recorded their most sucessful trading day in their history. We want to repeat that success this year and we will be showcasing our local businesses and performers.” Said Mr Wright: “We will be closing High Street to cars and opening it to people making it pedestrian. We have a number of new aspects this year including a large market and a food village with a celebrity chef. “As well as having a children’s fun fair, we will also have three large stretch tents with a Christmas village and lost of Christmas gift ideas. One of the main parts of the market in Conway Square will be turning over to the community with a wide range of performers. From local children’s football teams to local dance groups and choirs and community organisations.”