Santa back on the Plaza to start the festive season!

Cashel Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce that Santa on the Plaza is back once more to start the festive season in style.

Cashel Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce that Santa on the Plaza is back once more to start the festive season in style.

Santa will be in town this Saturday, December 8, to meet all the town’s girls and boys. Sean Laffey explained that the event is part of the LEADER funded Cashel Winter Wonderland.

He ran over the plan for the day: “Santa will have two sessions in Mikey Ryan’s, which will be dressed out as usual for the arrival of the big man. The first session will last from noon until about 3.30pm, when he’ll be ready for a cup of cocoa.

“The next time you’ll see him is when he arrives at the Plaza, again in some style, to switch on the lights. The second session in Mikey Ryan’s will run from 4.30pm to 6.30pm. We can’t thank Ted at Mikey’s Ryan’s enough for allowing Santa to drop by there for the day to meet all the Cashel youngsters.”

As ever Mrs Claus will be working in her kitchen in Mikey Ryan’s and grown ups can savour mince pies and a glasses of mulled wine. Children can visit the Community School Elves who will be working in the Heritage Centre.

The Plaza will be a hive of activity with music from the Cashel Brass Band, and seasonal songs from St. John The Baptist Girls School choir under their musical director Mrs Mary Andrews. Santa will be piped out of town at 6.30pm by the Dr O’Hurley Pipe Band, one for the cameras.

The cost of a visit to Santa is €8 for one child, €15 for two, €20 for three and €25 for four, and we have special rates for larger families, each family will receive a free photograph too,” said Sean.

“Saturday the 8th marks the beginning of the busy shopping period for the town and we are delighted to announce that many businesses will be opening late all the way to December 24.

“We have events planned for every weekend on the run up to Christmas and it will culminate in a special food and folk market in Friar Street on the weekend of December 21. There are all sorts of things to get organised and some of the events are awaiting permission from the OPW.

“I’m delighted that some of the vacant properties are being let as pop up shops over the Christmas period and one of those, ‘Frocks on the Rock’ is a real scoop for the town. It’s a big story, run by a celebrity racing couple, which we ought to tell in more detail next week. But in short Frocks on the Rock are bringing in some of the finest top name fashions, labels that you won’t find in Munster and not even in prestigious stores such as Brown Thomas in Dublin.

“It’s a win win for the town, as we already have some of the finest clothing stores in the country and it is sure to attract a discerning clientele.

“ We hope that while they are here they will take time out to explore the many other businesses who are doing their best to create a sense of excitement in the town. Indeed the town has never looked better, with shops undergoing makeovers.”