Mayor launches Santa Saunter

Put on your Santa hat, dress your buggies with tinsel, and join Santa’s elves in a magical festive event at Antrim’s Loughshore Park on December 5.

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s annual Santa Saunter charity event will appeal to all abilities.

You can either walk or jog a distance of 3K or 5K and it costs just £12 to register your family and £6 for additional adults.

This includes a gift from Santa and warming refreshments after the walk.

All proceeds will be donated to the Mayor’s nominated charities.

The magical journey will start with an official welcome from the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg at 10.15am.

Both routes will follow the river path along the Six Mile Water and into the award-winning majestic Antrim Castle Gardens, finishing back at the Park around 12 noon.

Refreshments will then be provided in the adjacent Six Mile Water Caravan Park and there will be a special visit from Santa, so don’t forget to bring along your Christmas letter.

The route has been designed to encourage as many people as possible to participate and is suitable for everyone.

Sarah-Jayne Cassells, Corporate Fundraising Manager for Autism NI, said: “This fun festive event will help raise vital funds for Autism NI’s services here in Northern Ireland and also increase awareness of this ‘hidden disability’.”

Ana Wilkinson, Corporate Fundraiser for Cancer Fund for Children, added: “We are really looking forward to pulling on our winter woollies and Santa hats to take part in the annual Santa Saunter. By registering to take part in the event and supporting Cancer Fund for Children, you will be helping ensure that no family faces cancer alone this Christmas.”

To take part in this fun festive event please contact Ana Wilkinson on 028 9080 5599 or email Alternatively, please contact Sarah-Jayne Cassells on 028 9040 1729 or email