Em­brace the fes­tive sea­son in En­nis­cor­thy

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS -

WITH beau­ti­ful twin­kling lights now shin­ing right across town, Christ­mas has of­fi­cially come to En­nis­cor­thy and it’s time to em­brace the fes­tive sea­son! A huge ef­fort has gone into il­lu­mi­nat­ing the town this year and the streets were trans­formed into a win­ter wonderland as Santa of­fi­cially pushed the plunger at the Big Switch-On.

A great oc­ca­sion in town, the switch-on saw plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties for the lit­tle ones, as well as the of­fi­cial open­ing of Santa’s En­chanted Cas­tle which is some­thing that has taken on a life of its own in the past cou­ple of years.

Ahead of its open­ing this year, the event in En­nis­cor­thy’s His­toric Cas­tle had al­ready seen over 750 overnight stays and over 5,000 ad­mis­sion tick­ets booked - a phe­nom­e­nal achieve­ment and a mark of just how highly it is now thought of. With Santa’s En­chanted Cas­tle run­ning in town un­til De­cem­ber 23, it is hoped that it will bring an all-im­por­tant in­flux of Christ­mas shop­pers into the town and that lo­cal traders will ex­pe­ri­ence a bumper fes­tive sea­son this year.

There’s also magic in the air at Kil­can­non Gar­den Cen­tre once again this year as they of­fi­cially opened their Win­ter Wonderland on Sun­day. Once again, kids and par­ents will have the op­por­tu­nity to step into a mag­i­cal Christ­mas world and get to meet the big man him­self at Santa’s Grotto.

With the Christ­mas at­mos­phere now in full swing in En­nis­cor­thy, peo­ple are re­minded to try their best to shop lo­cal where pos­si­ble.

While the temp­ta­tion might be to sit, plonked be­hind a lap­top and do your Christ­mas shop­ping with a few deft clicks, there’s noth­ing very mag­i­cal about that is there? In­stead, why not try em­brace some of the magic of Christ­mas. En­joy some nice hot food or a hot chocolate at one of En­nis­cor­thy’s many fine cafés and restau­rants. Take the kids to see Santa at Kil­can­non or the Cas­tle. Take in the Christ­mas lights as you pick up the ideal stock­ing-fillers for your loved ones; and even make sure you’re well kit­ted out with a nice big tur­key and plenty of sweet treats for Christ­mas day. All of these are things that can be done on your doorstep in En­nis­cor­thy town cen­tre.

Noth­ing beats that win­ter nip in the air, wrapped up warm un­der the twin­kling Christ­mas lights and pick­ing up presents for those you love, so be sure to do your shop­ping lo­cally when you can this year and join the won­der­ful fes­tive at­mos­phere that En­nis­cor­thy has to of­fer.

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