Newtownabbey children and families enjoyed a trip to the Enchanted Winter Garden at Antrim Castle Gardens on Sunday as part of an intergenerational community project funded by the Housing Executive.
More than 100 residents from the New Mossley area entered the gardens through the Barbican Gate located in the heart of Antrim town centre to enjoy a magical Christmas experience fit for all the family.
The award-winning gardens were transformed into an illuminated winter wonderland with an array of attractions including a 35-metre-high Ferris wheel and Santa’s grotto, while the Festive Fayre offered scrumptious food and hot chocolate.
There was also a chance to meet fairies in the Wonderland Wood and the sprites in Pixieland.
CORE Community Group’s secretary Jonny McDonald said: “We wish to thank the Housing Executive for their funding through the community grants programme to support local families in New Mossley, and for helping to spread some happiness this Christmas, especially during the cost of living crisis that is deeply impacting us all.
“It pleases our volunteers to see smiles on children’s faces in the lead-up to Christmas. Many thanks to Housing Executive Good Relations Officer Stephen Gamble for his direction and of course to our volunteers for taking time to help coordinate this event as we continue with our goal to put our community first.
Housing Executive Good Relations Officer Stephen Gamble added: “Our Housing Executive community grant helped CORE New Mossley to take children and families from the local community to Antrim Castle Gardens for some festive fun.
“We are proud to have provided funding for the intergenerational community project which aims to aims to improve the health and well-being of New Mossley residents, help them meet their neighbours and to create a feel-good factor.”