The Kilkenny Christmas market will return to the parade on December 9 until 23. This years Christmas market will be bigger than last years as the council attempts to put the Kilkenny Christmas fair on the map as one of the many festivals that add over €15m to the local economy.
This years Christmas market will have 25 stalls as well as a carousel and it is envisaged that the operator of the Kilkenny tourist train will come on board to provide a festive tour of the city.
The town clerk Bryan Tyrell said that there has been considerable interest in taking stalls this year. Mr Tyrell said that almost all of the available stall space has already been taken.
Mayor Fitzgerald praised the work that had gone into improving and growing the Christmas market. “A large number of people have worked hard to make this happen. This year will see more decoration and emphasis on marketing. The intention is to create an event that is recognised nationally,” said Mayor Fitzgerald.
The idea is to use the Christmas market as an attraction to bring people into Kilkenny to help boost local businesses.
Cllr Joe Reidy (Fianna Fail) said that coordinating the switching on of all of the city’s Christmas lights at the same time could help attract people into the town. Cllr Reidy suggested that all of the local street committees be contacted at the same time so that when the Mayor switches on the city lights on December 9th.