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 Dún Laoghaire Christmas Festival Opening Ceremony at the Harbour Plaza this Saturday

This Saturday November 24th from 4pm, at the Harbour Plaza, Dún Laoghaire will be lighting up with festive sparkle to celebrate the opening ceremony of the Dún Laoghaire Christmas Festival from November 24th 2018 to January 2nd 2019. The festival features the largest ever display of Christmas lights in Dún Laoghaire, the iconic Ferris Wheel from the movie ‘Grease’, a Vintage Funfair, Santa’s Post Box and the very popular Christmas market with a traditional and nostalgic theme, bringing the magic of Christmas and a Winter Wonderland for the festive season. 

Due to public demand Santa’s arrival in Dún Laoghaire will now take place in the Harbour Plaza, rather than the previously advertised location of Dún Laoghaire Shopping Centre. The festive family fun starts down at the Harbour Plaza from 4pm with a DJ, a seasonal music set from Upbeat Generation at 4.30pm, counting down to Santa’s arrival in town at 5.15pm with Christmas carols from the Dún Laoghaire School of Music Choir followed by the official switching on of the best lighting display Dún Laoghaire town has ever seen.

At 5.45pm, the town will be illuminated when An Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Ossian Smyth, will perform the official turning on of the Christmas lights from the Harbour Plaza. It will be the biggest ever display of lights extending from People’s Park all the way to the junction with York Road. St. Michael’s Church will be lit up for the first time ever too!

Looking forward to Saturday, An Cathaoirleach commented “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Santa to Dún Laoghaire to launch a fantastic festive season with the best Christmas lights ever for our town”.

The Dún Laoghaire Christmas Market is a feast for the seasonal senses as carefully selected vendors sell authentic hand-made gifts and delicious treats every weekend from November 24th to December 23rd on the metals and opposite dlr LexIcon from 11am to 7pm.  Aromas of gourmet sausages, crepes, baked goods, Hungarian Beef Goulash Soup and Lángos, German Gluhwein and steaming hot chocolate will fill the air. Wander through the Christmas Market with hand-crafted gifts and decorations, jewellery, metal art, sculpture, photography and a whole host of very special quality gifts and treats that are not mass-produced but hand crafted with love. 

Dún Laoghaire has over 280 retail outlets and businesses. So why not swap city centre crowds and stuffed out-of-town shopping centres to browse, shop, relax and soak up the festive spirit of this magical seaside town. During the Christmas Festival, with every hour of parking purchased on street in the Dún Laoghaire town centre, one hour is free. Shops all over Dún Laoghaire town will be running; special promotional events in the run up to Christmas, extra trading hours and exclusive in-store promotions to add some extra festive cheer.

Please note that due to licencing restrictions there will be no fireworks at this years event

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