ENNISCORTHY was full of Christmas cheer on Saturday as a huge crowd gathered to see the brand new Christmas lights switched on by none other than Santa Claus himself.
There was plenty to keep the attention of the adults and children alike as a festive parade made its way through the town.
The new lights were sponsored by Enniscorthy Town Council at a cost of €40,000.
Pictured above are Girl Guides Shauna O'Rourke and Aoife Farnan at the parade. YOU COULD feel the excitement in the air in Enniscorthy on Saturday as a massive crowd gathered to welcome Santa to the town to switch on the fantastic new Christmas lights. The town was full of festive cheer as youngsters from all over gathered in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the man in the red suit who they'll be hoping will be generous come Christmas Eve.
The festivities got underway with a beautiful Christmas Pageant Parade led by St Colman's Pipe Band from Ballindaggin, who got everyone in the mood. Following them were over 100 people in Victorian costume, a number of colourful characters including Mickey and Minnie Mouse and then came the moment everyone was waiting for. Travelling by horsedrawn carriage, coming all the way from the North Pole, was Santa himself!
Santa seemed to really enjoy himself as he waved and shook hands with all the children who were extremely excited to meet him. Following a quick address from Chairman of Enniscorthy Town Council, Keith Doyle and President of the Enniscorthy Chamber of Commerce, Colm Neville it was over to Santa who turned on the lights and declared the festive season in Enniscorthy officially open.
Enniscorthy Town Clerk, Padraig O'Gorman was delighted with the turnout and the Christmas atmosphere in the town. 'We had a great turnout,' he said. ' Thankfully the weather was fine and I think everyone had a great day. The new lights were sponsored by Enniscorthy Town Council and cost €40,000, and I think it was money well spent because the town looks great. I think hopefully it will bring even more people into the town over the Christmas period just to look at them.'
While the town looks amazing and the beautiful new Christmas lights are sure to attract additional visitors to the town, one thing that is missing is a Christmas tree. Mr O'Gorman explains: 'We do have three trees in Market Square which are decorated with lights. Usually there would be a Christmas tree there too, however this year we were given a choice of either a shelter for the choir or the tree. We couldn't have both. With our weather we elected to have the shelter for the choir, but the lights on the trees in the square still look great.'
Enniscorthy Town Council and the Chamber will now be hoping for a busy few weeks in the build up to Christmas, as more people flock to the Winter Wonderland that has been created in the town.