Six year old Muireann Bibby from Tullaroan enjoying the Christmas Tree Festival at St Canice's Cathedral in KIlkenny city as part of YuleFest. Photo: Pat Moore.
Kilkenny's annual Christmas Tree Festival is now officially up and running, and welcoming visitors at St Canice's Cathedral.
The festival was opened on Friday by Elaine Bradshaw of Keep Kilkenny Beautiful. A magical forest of Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes — from natural to artificial, big and small, baked or crocheted, metal or paper, is on display. They have all been made or decorated by the festival's participants.
A coffee shop is also open in the cathedral, with mulled punch, hot chocolate cakes, and more. There is also 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 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.