De­cem­ber 8th to kick start Christ­mas in Cahersiveen...

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - CHRISTMAS IN TRALEE -

DE­CEM­BER 8 is the tra­di­tional com­mence­ment date for all things fes­tive in Cahersiveen as the fa­mous town gets ready to cel­e­brate the start of an ex­cit­ing few weeks. The town’s sched­ule of events is al­ways ea­gerly awaited as it her­alds the start of an­other cel­e­bra­tion of Christ­mas fun and bar­gains.

It’s thanks to the Cahersiveen Traders’ As­so­ci­a­tion for putting the fi­nal touches to­gether, which are well re­ceived by lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike. There’s still a chance for you to help raise money for the fes­tive ac­tiv­i­ties by at­tend­ing the last of this year’s pub quizzes on this Fri­day night (the 7th) at The Cor­ner House. There’s still time too to buy a raf­fle ticket in lo­cal shops for a chance to win a Carter Hexagon bike worth €370. This has been do­nated by Casey’s Cy­cles and the pro­ceeds will go to­wards fund­ing the Christ­mas lights in Cahersiveen.

De­cem­ber 8 marks a day­long cel­e­bra­tion with early morn­ing mass, guided walks, chil­dren’s face paint­ing, Christ­mas Mar­ket and street mu­sic. There will also be free park­ing all day.

But the pri­mary fo­cus is all geared to­wards the main event it­self which is the Christ­mas Pa­rade at 6pm fol­lowed by the turn­ing on of the Christ­mas lights, per­formed by none other than Santa him­self, who will be at the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre from 12 to 5pm. All pa­rade go­ers are asked to as­sem­ble be­fore­hand at the back of Crainns car-park.

There’s also some added in­cen­tive for shop­pers as the Cahersiveen Traders’ As­so­ci­a­tion’s mantra is a sim­ple one this year: ‘not just 10% off ’. Spe­cially com­mis­sioned ‘Traders Choice’ cards will be avail­able on the day to en­tice cus­tomers into shops to dis­cover for them­selves the range of of­fers and bar­gains that par­tic­i­pat­ing traders will have avail­able. More­over, all shops will stay open un­til 8pm.

“At Christ­mas we feel our cus­tomers de­serve a lit­tle more, which is why our ‘10% off’ dis­count is im­por­tant. There will be plenty of bar­gains on the day and it prom­ises to be an ex­cit­ing one with plenty of fun for all the fam­ily,” said Lisa O’Shea, PRO of Cahersiveen Traders’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

Michael O’Neill of Re­nard Point pur­chas­ing his Christ­mas tree and some wooden dec­o­ra­tions from John O’Sul­li­van Christ­mas Trees, Strands End, Cahersiveen.

Cahersiveen Traders; Tracy Fitz­patrick, Ea­monn Casey, Deirdre Gar­vey, De­clan Su­grue, El­iz­a­beth Con­lon, Lisa O’Shea and Anita McKe­own pre­par­ing for Christ­mas in Cahersiveen.

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