Belfast Big Switch-on 2021 will be replaced by an entertainment program

Belfast City Council is considering plans for a city-wide Christmas entertainment program this year, replacing the traditional switch.

This decision is due to what the Council says are plans for a phased approach to handling future events.

The start-up was canceled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 emergency.

The Lights of Belfast have been lit with the help of a few famous names over the years. Most prominent is US President Bill Clinton, who completed this task in 1995 while visiting with his wife Hillary.

In a statement to Causeway Coast Community, a spokesperson for Belfast City Council said: ‘After the lockdown restrictions were lifted, the council agreed on a phased approach to delivery of future events, with the safety of participants being a top priority in light of the pandemic.

“The traditional Christmas lights will not be turned on this year, but plans are currently being finalized for an extended Christmas entertainment program in collaboration with city partners.

“The Council also works closely with, and supports, a range of partners in the events, festivals and arts sector to enable them to host a range of events in the fall and winter.

“Details of plans for Christmas events will be shared on the council’s website and on social media in due course when they are announced. “

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