A very Kilkenny Christmas

Kilkenny�"s inaugural Christmas festival � A Very Kilkenny Christmas � has been launched with a programme of activities that includes a Christmas train, piped music on High Street, igloos and a reindeer bronco on The Parade, storytelling for children, a Christmas treasure trail, a 12 flavours of Christmas food trail and even an extreme Christmas jumper competition! Funded by Kilkenny Borough Council and organised by Kilkenny City Centre Business Association, the initiative is all about creating an emotional connection to Kilkenny at Christmas time, according to organisers. Pictured at the launch were: Ivan Sheridan, Director, Kilkenny City Tours which will operate the ��Polar Express�" Christmas train, Isabel Hayden (4)m Stoneyford,Gary Graham, Chairman, A Very Kilkenny Christmas;Santa�"s helper Gillian Burke, Harry Lanigan (8yrs), Callan Road and Sarah Somers (13yrs) from Loughboy and St. Patrick�"s Brass Band, one of the entertainment acts contributing to A Very Kilkenny Christmas. Photo: Pat M
Kilkenny’s inaugural Christmas festival has been officially launched, with a packed programme of activities lined up for the weeks ahead.

Kilkenny’s inaugural Christmas festival has been officially launched, with a packed programme of activities lined up for the weeks ahead.

A Very Kilkenny Christmas aims to provide people with incentives to come into the city centre and create an emotional connection to Kilkenny at Christmas. A Christmas train, music on High Street, igloos and a reindeer bronco on the Parade, a poignant candle lighting ceremony, storytelling for children, a Christmas treasure trail, a gathering of Christmas jumpers on the Parade, and even a 12 flavours of Christmas food trail, are some of the events planned.

Local businesses will also get involved in a competition for the most festival window display with Shop Local and Chamber voucher prizes awarded to the best window and the stylist.

“We don’t have the budget or lead-time of other Christmas festivals but what we’ve done with A Very Kilkenny Christmas is tap into everyone’s emotional connection to Kilkenny and celebrate all that is quintessentially Kilkenny at Christmas time,” said festival chairman Gary Graham.

A Very Kilkenny Christmas will kick off on Sunday, November 24, with a turning on of the Christmas lights ceremony at the Parade. The festival will run until Christmas Eve.