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Magical moment as new Christmas tree lights up Dundalk town centre

No Frostival again this year, but festive season starts with beautiful new tree

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Liam Murray and Phil Quigley with Santa in Dundalk. Photo: Ken Finegan/www.newspics.ie

Liam Murray and Phil Quigley with Santa in Dundalk. Photo: Ken Finegan/www.newspics.ie

Seán O'Connell with Santa in Dundalk. Photo: Ken Finegan/www.newspics.ie

Seán O'Connell with Santa in Dundalk. Photo: Ken Finegan/www.newspics.ie

5 week old baby Kyle Cairns with Santa in Dundalk. Photo: Ken Finegan/www.newspics.ie

5 week old baby Kyle Cairns with Santa in Dundalk. Photo: Ken Finegan/www.newspics.ie

Electrician Sam McClenahan with Martin McElligott. Photo: Ken Finegan/www.newspics.ie

Electrician Sam McClenahan with Martin McElligott. Photo: Ken Finegan/www.newspics.ie

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Liam Murray and Phil Quigley with Santa in Dundalk. Photo: Ken Finegan/www.newspics.ie

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The switching on of Dundalk’s Christmas tree last weekend was still a magical moment, despite the decision not to host the traditional festive ceremony this year.

Traditionally the switching on of the town centre Christmas Tree and lights would have been part of a much larger celebration including the Frostival Festival and Christmas markets which have been hugely popular in recent years.

With the launch of an impressive new Christmas tree for 2021, including a unique tunnel feature, it would certainly have been cause for huge celebrations in the town centre.

But, sadly, due to rising Covid-19 cases and recent government announcements, the difficult decision was taken by organisers Dundalk BIDS  not to stage an official switching on ceremony of the lights this year.

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"We understand that many of you will be disappointed, as we are too, but we take this decision with public safety in mind,” said a BIDS spokesperson,

“We are delighted with the response to the beautiful new Christmas Tree at Market Square and hope you enjoy the festive atmosphere in town, we would like to wish everyone a safe and happy shopping experience this Christmas.”

“A big thank you to Louth County Council for supporting @dundalktown.ie and all our other 2021 project partners Creative Spark Dundalk Tidy Towns and sponsors that helped us make Dundalk a better place this year!”


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