Swords is lit up for Christmas!
The festive season has officially begun in the county capital of Swords with the switching on of the town's Christmas lights.
Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mary McCamley, ably assisted by Santa Claus, threw the switch on the town's spectacular Christmas lights display to the cheers of a huge crowd that had gathered for the occasion at Swords Castle, last Friday evening.
At the centre of the display was the lighting of a huge Christmas tree outside Swords Castle that will be a feature of life in the town through the Christmas season.
Santa did more than switch on the lights on the night. The North Pole's most famous resident retreated to a grotto at Swords Castle where he met some of the local children and heard their Christmas wishes.
This was the first of the lighting up ceremonies in towns and villages right across the county, most of which will happen this week.
A big crowd showed up for the Swords event, despite some freezing weather and enjoyed the light show and the festive atmosphere as well as an early visit to Santa.
The light show was added to with projections onto the walls of Swords Castle which is set to play a bigger part in the Christmas celebrations in the county capital than ever before.
No sooner was this event over when preparations began to turn the beautifully restored chapel in Swords Castle into a theatre venue for a play by local writer and actor, David Gilna who is bringing his play, My Bedsit Window to this unique venue starting on December 4.
Swords Castle will also play host to a Christmas Food Fayre on December 16 and 17, this year.
The event will come complete with festive food stalls, Christmas Carol singing and plenty of fun for the little ones, including face-painting.
It is all part of the council's plans to foster Swords Castle as the centre of community life in Swords and bring the Swords Cultural Quarter around the castle to life.
Traders in the town will hope events like these will bring more people to the town centre and this Christmas, you are encouraged to shop local in Swords or the Fingal town you live in.
Christmas in Fingal has officially begun and let's hope it's a happy and peaceful one for all.