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Belfast lights up for Christmas

The Christmas lights in Belfast have been switched on for the festive season.

A crowd of more than 10,000 people gathered outside City Hall on Saturday night to see the Christmas tree and lights around the city be switched on.

The lighting up of Belfast comes with 35 days left to Christmas Day.

Lily from children's show "Lily's Driftwood Bay", The Clangers, a choir from Springfield Primary School and of course Santa Claus himself were the guests of honour to mark the occasion.

Belfast's Lord Mayor Brian Kingston said he believed the lights and the festive atmosphere in the city would help bring business in for retailers.

"The key message that we have this year is to 'find your Belfast'," he said.

"With the wide range of retail offerings in the city centre, it is a key time of year.

"Last year was a good time for retailers at Christmas and we're hoping for more of the same."