Sunday 21 July 2019

Busy day planned for Saturday as Mallow lights up for the festive season

The magnificent Christmas lights in Mallow will be turned on this coming Saturday at the
town plaza
The magnificent Christmas lights in Mallow will be turned on this coming Saturday at the town plaza

Bill Browne

The festive season will officially kick-off in Mallow on Saturday with the switching on of the town's Christmas lights and the arrival of Santa on Saturday afternoon. 

Mallow Chamber has been busy putting together an exciting line-up of events for the day, beginning at 12.30pm with a performance of Christmas carols and seasonal ditty's by the St Patrick's Boys Choir outside of St Mary's Church.

This will be followed by a performance by popular local singer and musician Benjie Hallihan and his band the Wandering Minstrels. 

From 1pm giant puppets and Santa's Elves will be around town greeting visitors and shoppers and handing out goody bags to the little ones ahead of the arrival of Santa.

The big man himself will arrive at the Market Place in a fire engine at around 3pm and after meeting and greeting the children will lead a parade down to the Town Plaza at the end of Davis Street. On arrival the assembled crowd will be treated to a selection of rock infused Christmas classics by local band Longbeach. 

Finally, the lights will be switched on by Chamber president Pat Hayes and members of the Cope Foundation. 

There will also be spot prizes on the day for the best Christmas  jumper. 

Mr Hayes urged people to come along, enjoy the occasion and help kick-off Christmas in Mallow with a bang. 

"Saturday will also give people an opportunity to see all that the town has to offer for Christmas shoppers and we in the chamber are hoping that people will shop local and support the local traders," said Mr Hayes. 

"Above all, Saturday will be about having fun so come along, enjoy the craic and who knows, maybe even pick up a Christmas bargain or two," he added. 

Meanwhile, the Christmas parking arrangements will kick-in from Saturday and run until January 2.There will be one-hour free 'on-street' parking and three-hours free parking in the council car parks at St James' Avenue, Carmichael Lane, Park Road, Bridge Street, Bowling Green and Muddy Hill. 

The current arrangements of free parking before 10am and after 5pm (Monday - Friday) will remain in place and the free parking (with restrictions) from 1pm on Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday will also remain in place.