Belfast rises early; puts shopping, tree lighting to bed

By Ethan Andrews | Dec 03, 2017
Photo by: Ethan Andrews Liam Yaniello and his grandmother Jane Beers take in Belfast's Christmas tree in Post Office Square moments after the ceremonial lighting Dec. 2.

Belfast — The second day of December was a busy one in Belfast. Shoppers crowded into downtown shops before sunrise for the annual Early Bird Sale, and revelers stuck around after sunset for the lighting of the city's Christmas tree.

The tree lighting event included caroling and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, who arrived at Post Office Square on a fire engine and took requests from children inside Key Bank. The event was put on by Our Town Belfast and sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank, Belfast Parks and Recreation Department and Key Bank.

At Key Bank in Belfast Dec. 2, Skylar Richards tries to persuade Santa to bring her a puppy, while her sister Kylee looks on. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
A pickup truck hauling a Christmas tree stops for pedestrians at Post Office Square Dec. 2 just after the city lit the lights on its own 28-foot-tall spruce. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
A crowd gathers to watch carolers at Belfast Post Office Dec. 2 just before the city's Christmas tree lighting. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
Carolers sing from the steps of the Belfast Post Office before the annual tree lighting Dec. 2. (Photo by: Ethan Andrewsq)
Shoppers crowd the aisles of Purple Baboon, one of many downtown Belfast stores that opened before sunrise for the annual downtown Early Bird Sale Dec. 2. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
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