Walls to come alive for Derry Christmas Festival

The Walls.
The Walls.

Derry’s Walls will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland later this month with a festive parade set to launch the Sound of Light Trail.

The Sound of Light will form one of the highlights of this year’s Christmas Festivities in the city.

The event is being organsied by Derry City & Strabane District Council and will be staged along the length of the City Walls from Friday, November 27 to Sunday November 29.

The trail along the Walls will begin at the Cathedral Quarter, where the theme will be ‘Reflection’.

The aim is to provide a space for people to look back over 2015 and to look towards their ‘dreams for the future’.

From here, the trail will continue towards to the south western corner of the City Walls, overlooking the Bogside and the hills of Donegal, where the festive theme continues under the banner ‘Joyous!’.

Here people will be urged to bring their wishes and dreams to a Grande Parade of light, before heading further down towards Butcher Gate and the West Wall Quarter, where the theme will be ‘Wonder’, providing a child-friendly arena “for little dreamers”.

Organisers have promised colour and fairytale along the Western Wall, with “magical programming for children and young people”.

Further along towards the East Wall Quarter the theme ill transform into ‘Celebration – a Winter Feast’.

This quarter will be filled with feast and celebration.

The opening evening on the Sound of Light on the Thursday will see a light filled Christmas parade of performers moving through the Old City streets.

The Mayor of Derry, Councillor Elisha McCallion meanwhile has organised a number of themed events for the coming weeks as part of the festivities.

Christmas Tea Dances will take place on Wednesday, December 2 at the Guildhall, while the ‘Mayor’s Christmas Welcome’ event and Mayor’s Christmas Concert events will be held at the same venue on Saturday December 19.