Gallery: A big welcome for the big man in red
NEW ROSS and Rosbercon were lit up with festive lights to welcome Santa Claus to town to launch New Ross Nollaig 2013 festivities.
A large crowd turned up to see Santa arrive at Dermot Kehoe DIY earlier in the afternoon before he arrived in his sleigh at St. Mary's & Michael's Parish Church where he was welcomed by a Christmas Fancy Dress Parade.
Heading the parade was the award-winning New Ross & District Pipe Band and Santa's sleigh was well guarded by members of St. Joseph's Athletic Club and Rosbercon United, while Yellow Beak Theatre Company added lots of festive colour to the proceedings.
The parade stopped at the Tholsel where Santa Claus stepped down from his sleigh to say hello to all of the children and to turn on the Christmas lights of the town with the help of young Heather Walsh from Camblin who won the Lions Club Poster Competition and Cllr Ollie Somers.
Everyone then enjoyed some mulled wine and mince pies kindly provided by New Ross Town Council.
Santa's parade took off again across Hanrahan Bridge and was welcomed to Rosbercon by Jenny Murphy and the Rosbercon Village Group. Santa's sleigh was guided in to the newly renovated abutment area, where the old bridge used to cross the Barrow, and Santa jumped from his sleigh to turn on the Rosbercon Christmas tree lights. He then took up residence at St. Michael's Theatre where fairs, concerts, celebrations, pantomimes and carol singing are taking place throughout the festive season. All events will be listed on the Experience New Ross Facebook page.
As part of the festivities some shoppers in town were surprised with Random Acts of Christmas - people spotted with goods from local shops were rewarded for Shopping Local with vouchers from the shops of New Ross and surrounding areas. This initiative will continue up until Christmas to encourage people to shop local.
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