Special individually decorated reindeers designed by children from schools across Lisburn and Castlereagh, have been hidden around the City for locals and shoppers to find and be in with the chance to win some great prizes.

Pictured: Lucy McKibbin, aged 8 and Emma McKibbin, aged 5.

Throughout the month of November, school children have been tasked with painting ten life size reindeers as colourfully and as vibrantly as they wish, ready for them to be hidden in shop windows throughout Lisburn City Centre.

Hunt cards have been distributed around all the local Lisburn Primary Schools and can also be picked up at a number of shops across the City Centre.  Once you have spotted eight out of the ten reindeers and had your card stamped by the participating stores, hand them in. Completed cards can be left at the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum; Visitor Information Centre in Lisburn Square or the Council’s City Centre Management Office at Market Square.  There are a number of exciting prizes to be won.

Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of the Economic Development Department in Lisburn & Castlereagh Council said: “The local schools have done a fantastic job decorating our reindeers and we cannot thank them enough.  This is a great initiative that is currently in its sixth year.

“Lisburn & Castlereagh has invested heavily in increasing the festive fun within the City and we have a series of great events planned throughout the month of December. With the City being the perfect place to shop, eat, stay and visit….it is now the perfect place to come and have a little fun – so join the hunt to find our reindeers.”

The Reindeer Hunt competition will run throughout the month of December. Participating primary schools included Largymore, Forthill, Harmony Hill, Brownlee, Tonagh, Killowen, Knockmore, Central and the Mothers and Toddlers at Island Arts Centre.