The trail will wind its way through some of Derry’s most scenic streets and buildings, animating figures such as the charming Little Matchstick Girl, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the majestic Snow Queen.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, said the trail would get families into the festive spirit.
“I’m really looking forward to this event which is new to our Christmas programme this year, and which will appeal to children of all ages.
“It’s a great opportunity for visitors to the city to explore some of the city’s most enchanting areas such as our beautiful City Walls and St Augustine’s Church.
“Hans Christian Anderson is the ultimate craftsman when it comes to fairy tales and I would really encourage families to come along and enjoy some of the traditional stories that really capture the essence of Christmas.”
In Your Space will be breathing life into the works with performances of the Tinderbox, The Red Shoes and The Wild Swans.
Follow the trail through the Craft Village, the grounds of St Columb’s Cathedral, The City Walls and the Yellow Yard, and enjoy music, puppetry, performance and visual projections along your journey.
Festival and Events Manager with Derry City and Strabane District Council, Jacqueline Whoriskey, said:
“We are always looking for new ways to enhance the festive atmosphere in the lead in to Christmas and we are delighted to be able to host this exciting new element to our programme this year.
“In Your Space will be bringing some festive sparkle to the programme with their performances of some fairytale favourites, perfect for all the family, and a great chance to explore the city.
“We have events taking place every week now approaching Christmas, starting with our Sound of Light Parade taking place this weekend, so plenty of family fun to enjoy in between the Christmas shopping.”
The Hans Christian Anderson Trail will take place on Friday December 2nd and Sunday December 4th throughout the city centre.
There will be three showings of each fairytale performance throughout the afternoon taking place on Friday 2nd December – Show Times – 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm and Sunday 4th December – Show Times – 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.
Maps for the trail can be collected from the Guildhall and the Tower Museum.
For more information on all the festive highlights you can see the full programme at www.derrystrabane.com/christmasTags: