Huge crowd wel­comes Santa Claus to Cool­boy

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - PICTURES - By DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

THE ex­cite­ment was pal­pa­ble in Cool­boy on Sun­day as the an­nual Christ­mas tree-light­ing cer­e­mony and Santa visit took place.

Ap­prox­i­mately 1,000 spec­ta­tors lined out from Cool­boy and neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties as the mag­nif­i­cent tree in the vil­lage cen­tre was lit up for Christ­mas.

Young and old lined the main road through the vil­lage as they en­joyed carol singing from Cool­fancy NS choir and ap­pear­ances from fa­mous char­ac­ters in­clud­ing Olaf the snow­man and Mickey and Min­nie Mouse.

MC for the evening was well known lo­cal singer Des Wil­loughby and the bless­ing was per­formed by lo­cal clergy mem­bers.

The boys and girls couldn’t be­lieve it when they saw Santa Claus com­ing over the hill is his spe­cially dec­o­rated sleigh which could be seen far in the dis­tance. He met with many lo­cal chil­dren and made sure to put them on the nice list and took not of their Christ­mas wishes.

De­spite the in­clement weather, this was one of the best at­tended cer­e­monies yet and credit goes to the Christ­mas Lights Com­mit­tee and a small army of volunteers who stage the event ev­ery year, free of charge.

Pupils from Cool­fancy NS singing car­ols at the switch­ing on of the lights in Cool­boy.

Ex­cited faces in the crowd as Santa ar­rives to switch on the lights.

Christy and Mary Gre­gan, who switched on the lights.

Santa gets a warm wel­come from the crowd.

MC for the evening Des Wil­loughby.

Santa ar­rives in Cool­boy.

Bren­dan Lawrence, sport edi­tor of the Wick­low Peo­ple, in­ter­view­ing Min­nie Mouse.

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