19 May 2022

Magical forest will open at Christmas Tree Festival in Kilkenny

St Canice's Cathedral the venue for now-annual event

Magical forest will open at Christmas Tree Festival in Kilkenny

Sam Matthews @SamAMatthewsKP

The magnificent St Canice's Cathedral will be transformed into a magical forest of Christmas trees this Friday morning, as part of the Christmas Tree Festival.

Doors will open at 9am, before Elaine Bradshaw of Keep Kilkenny Beautiful officially opens the festival in the 13th Century cathedral at 10am. The festival, which was hugely popular last year, has now become an eagerly-anticipated annual event.

This year will again see Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes — ranging from natural to artificial, big and small, baked or crocheted, metal or paper. They have all been made or decorated by the festival's participants.

As part of the festival, there will be a concert this Saturday, December 10. At 6pm, the Cork IT School of Music Cappella Lyrica Gaudete! Maria Judge is the conductor, with James Taylor on organ. Entry is included in tree festival entry of €3.

Throughout the festival, a coffee shop will be open with mulled punch, hot chocolate cakes, and more. There will be a Christmas stall with speciality festive products, a seasonal raffle, and ongoing storytelling for children, colouring and the Christmas model train.

The Christmas Tree Festival runs from this Friday morning until December 17. Entry is €3 for adults, while children are €1.

There are numerous events and services then planned for the week coming into Christmas and beyond, including night time climbing of the round tower.

For more information and full list of events, see St Canice's Cathedral website or Facebook.

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