Once again final preparations are being put in place to create the most magical atmosphere in Donegal Town for the annual “Switch On” of Donegal Town Christmas Lights taking place on Thursday, November 29 at 7.30 pm.

The “Switch On” wouldn’t be complete without visits from the big man himself Santa Claus and his many merry friends.

As Santa’s reindeers are still in training for Christmas Eve he will be making the very special journey to Donegal Town on his sleigh drawn by his extra helpers – 4 little ponies.

In conjunction with the Official Christmas Lights Switch On businesses in Donegal Town are creating wonderful festive window displays to attract shoppers and visitors alike to the town over the Festive Season.

Chairperson Donegal Town Community Chamber Bernie Mulhern said: “With all the Festive activities taking place next weekend; Donegal Town promises to be most Christmassy place in the County. The twinkling lights and decorated shop windows will create a magical experience for all who visit the area.”

Events planned include: Donegal Town Christmas Lights Annual Switch On,

Donegal Town Businesses Focus Group Shopping Spree!!, Christmas Tree Festival

Donegal Craft Village an Afternoon of Festivities and A Little Taste of Christmas in Donegal Town

Group Shopping Spree!!

Chairperson of Donegal Town Business Focus Group Raymond Rooney added that their Annual Christmas Shopping Spree will take place on Friday the 30th and Saturday the 01st December 2018.

“With the Christmas Lights already switched on the previous evening and late-night opening in participating stores; shoppers will be able to enjoy the Christmas ambience around town with discounts, special offers, promotions, competitions, carol singing and much more,” he said.

Ernan McGettigan Chairperson Christmas Lights Committee said: “As you can see from all the above events Donegal Town is the must visit Town to kickstart Christmas with Family and friends. A Draw will take place on the day for seasonal hampers and a years free parking in any of the public car parks in the town. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Donegal County Council who has given us this prize to help us with this fundraising event for Donegal Towns Christmas Lights.”

Christmas Tree Festival

Donegal Town’s Methodist Church once again invited members of the wider community to the challenge of creating a Christmas Tree entry that represents themselves, their family, organisation or business. Visitors to the town can see these displays from Friday 30th November from 7.00pm – 10.00pm, Saturday 01st December from 10.00am – 6.00pm and Sunday 02nd December from 2.00pm – 6.00pm.

Rev John Montgomery said: “This Christmas Tree Celebration has grown in popularity over the last number of years and we are intrigued by the level of enthusiasm and inspiration that goes into creating these wonderful displays of the Traditional Tree”. Free Entry!  Refreshments served. Donations on the day towards nominated groups

Donegal Craft Village - An Afternoon of Festivities

“Support the makers, movers and shakers this Christmas as we hold our Christmas Craft Village Event on Saturday 1st Dec from 1-4pm! We have lots in store for you!

Live Music, Aroma Coffee Shop and Mini Bakery for Festive Hampers, Mulled Wine, Festive Treats, Children’s Face painting and Discounts on Handmade Gifts looking forward to seeing you and your family there”.

The Makers x

“A Little Taste of Christmas in Donegal Town”

The Finale of the weekend will be  “A Little Taste of Christmas in Donegal Town” held in the Abbey Hotel on Sunday 2nd December 2018 from 12noon to 6.30pm, we will have Exhibitor Stands where Business’s can promote, sell, and take orders for Christmas etc. There will be a large variety of products not always available to the public, ranging from, cosmetics, jewellery, fashion, art, and loads of gift ideas for the Festive season. It will also give your customers the opportunity to place orders for all their Christmas food requirements, and all of this can be done with very little effort in one venue.

Getting the Festive Culinary Cookery Demonstrations off to a start will be Martin Hernadez La Fiesta Donegal Town. Chris Mc Menamin and Delwar Hussian Harveys Point, Anthony Armstrong Nesbitt Arms Hotel Ardara and the House Gastro Pub Donegal Town!! Festive cocktails will also be shaken up by The House Gastro Pub and Coole Swan.

Santa Claus will meet all the little ones from 2.30 pm - 4.30 pm followed by a Live Interactive magic Show with Mr Majestic from 4.30 pm – 6.00 pm, Face painting by Susan, and Bring your cuddly forever friend to life with TJ’s Teddies and Festive Family Photography Shoots.

On behalf of Donegal Town Community Chamber we would like to encourage everyone to come out and join in the festivities and support all that is local in particular Donegal Town’s Christmas lights display as with all events a lot of hard work is required to make these happen”

If you are interested and would like to take part in our 8th “A Little Taste of Christmas in Donegal Town” contact Mary McGettigan on 087-1777140 or email [email protected]

SAVE THE DATES THURSDAY 29TH NOVEMBER TO SUNDAY 2ND DECEMBER!!!!

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