Castlecomer gets ready for its annual Festival of Light launch

Mary Cody

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Castlecomer gets ready for its annual Festival of Light launch

Enjoying the inaugural Festival of Light

Thousands of people made their way to Castlecomer last year for the town’s very first Festival of Light  and this year's event promises to be even bigger and better.  

The festival takes place over the month of December and is a celebration of community, creativity and Christmas.

All are invited to attend the launch of this year’s Festival of Light on November 30 at 5.30pm at The Square in Castlecomer. The evening will be packed with family friendly activity, starting with entertainment on the Square by local performers. Enjoy listening to carols as you wander through the market stalls located in the town.  

Santa will be arriving to light up the town’s Christmas Tree before the spectacular Parade of Light. St Patrick’s Brass & Reed band will lead the Parade as local families showcase their home-made lanterns and light the way from the Square to Santa’s Elf Village in the heart of the Discovery Park.

The Elf Village at the Discovery Park will be the backdrop for the finale event, a breath taking fire show, featuring circus act Wobbly Circus.  They use theatre skills combined with original soundtracks, cutting edge fire props to leave audiences mesmerised. The finale will also include a performance by local choir group Soulful Spirit Choir. Children will be treated to some goodies as they soak up the lights and magic at the park.

“Last year the Discovery Park completely reinvented its Christmas experience by bringing it up into the woods to create a truly unique and magical atmosphere. This year our aim is to make the event even bigger and brighter as we have secured hundreds of new light installations that will really create the festive wow factor” Kathy Purcell, Discovery Park Manager

While a fun-packed evening is guaranteed for the launch on November 30, the festival will be a month-long celebration and feature events such as silhouette workshops for young people and 'Meet the Makers' in the Craft Yard at Castlecomer Estate.  For those who wish to visit Santa, he will be in residence with Mrs. Claus and the elves in their winter wonderland home in the Discovery Park.

“The Festival of Light begins a month of celebration in the town, and finishes with the world famous Wellie Race on January 1.  Once more we are witnessing a surge of community spirit to create a town festooned with stunning displays of silhouettes, lights and sculptures for the month of December. We welcome families to visit Castlecomer, to view the silhouettes, the new lights at the Discovery Park, and spend some time in our beautiful town” Fiona McHardy, Community & Enterprise Development Officer, Kilkenny Leader Partnership

The centre piece of the launch is the stunning display of lights made by local school children. Local artists worked with the schools to help them with the skills to create these creative lanterns.

“This is a unique festival and the enthusiasm that has been displayed to create a 'Silhouette Town' is heartening, especially the buy in and energy from local schools and youth groups. We encourage everyone to make a visit to Castlecomer this Christmas,” added Carol Coogan Youth Café, Castlecomer.

For more information on the Festival of Light in Castlecomer please see the Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/festivaloflightcastlecomer/