Festival gets going as Santa arrives

All set for 'A Very Kilkenny Christmas'! Local girls Mia Hoban (3) and her cousins Molly (5) and Masie Hoban (3) pictured in the Snow Globe at Polar Parade during the opening of 'A Very Kilkenny Christmas' last Sunday afternoon. Photo: Pat Moore.
Crowds lined the streets on Sunday as Kilkenny’s Christmas festival opened with a procession from MacDonagh Junction to the Parade.

Crowds lined the streets on Sunday as Kilkenny’s Christmas festival opened with a procession from MacDonagh Junction to the Parade.

St Patrick’s Brass & Reed bank led the charge, followed by Santa Claus in an open-top vintage car, and then the Polar Express Christmas train on its maiden journey. As all the Christmas lights in the city were switched on, it was a dream opening for A Very Kilkenny Christmas, with a variety of family entertainment items at ‘Polar Parade’. A Reindeer Rodeo; illuminated zorbs; Prancer’s Bungee Trampoline Zone; a North Pole Climbing Wall; A Christmas bouncy castle and slide and the Elves Wipeout Zone all featured. Santa retired to a giant igloo to greet the children queuing to see him.

Dance Wise Academy also provided entertainment. Polar Parade will run from 11am to 7pm on weekends and during Christmas week until December 24. It will be complemented by local choirs and orchestras performing at various times. Kilkenny School of Music, the Loreto Orchestra, Kilkenny Gospel Choir and Thukolo Gospel Choir are among the confirmed acts to date.

The Polar Express train will run every day from now until Christmas Eve from noon to 7pm. For more, visit www.averykilkennychristmas.com.