Festive season kicks off in Swords
The festive season in Swords begins in earnest in late November as the Christmas lights are switched on.
Swords enters the festive fray on Friday, November 30 at 6pm at Swords Castle.
The Swords Castle Christmas Market will take place on the same day from 12pm to 8pm and on Saturday, 1 December from 11am to 6pm.
The Christmas Market will feature over 45 traders, with an emphasis on local products, producers and artists.
Families will be entertained heartily by various attractions including Santa Claus, face painting, balloon modelling and Christmas characters. Entertainment will also be provided by various local choirs and musical groups in the Chapel Room of Swords Castle on Saturday, 1 December.
Free parking will be provided in Swords for the public on the weekends up to Christmas on December 1 and 2 at Seatown Car Park, on December 8 and 9 a tthe executive car park on Seatown Road, near County Hall and a tthe same car park on December 15 and 16 and on December 22 and 23. Free pay-and-display parking will also be available in Swords, Balbriggan, Skerries and Rush this year on December 8. 15 and 22. Fingal County Council Chief Executive Paul Reid said: 'The Christmas period is a wonderful time for our families and communities in Fingal, and we're delighted to kick off the celebrations and support businesses and the public in making the most of the festive season.'