Carrick-on-Suir will be rolling out the red carpet for shoppers in the hectic weeks before Christmas.
The local business community and Town Council have pulled out all the stops to create a festive buzz around Carrick-on-Suir.
Carrick-on-Suir Business Association said the town’s Christmas season will kick off with the Lions Club/ COSBA Fashion show at Dove Hill this Friday, November 30.
The show featuring the latest fashions from Carrick-on-Suir clothing and shoe stores will begin at 8pm.
A bus transporting people attending the event will leave The Carraig Hotel at 7.30pm and return to the town afterwards.
The following day Santa Claus and his friends from The Strand Theatre will turn on the biggest Christmas lights display in the town centre in years.
Santa will officially turn on the Christmas lights outside The Carraig Hotel at 4.30pm this Saturday with the festivities starting outside the hotel around 4pm.
COSBA has invested E15,000 in new Christmas lighting and associated equipment for the town this year and extended the lighting to Carrickbeg for the first time.
A Christmas market in the grounds of Carrick-on-Suir Heritage Centre will be the highlight of the town’s first ever Christmas shopping festival on Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8.
The Christmas Market will feature a range of food and craft stalls, music entertainment from Carrick-on-Suir Brass Band, face painting and other attractions.
There will also be special promotions in shops throughout the town for the festival and Christmas music will be played in the town centre from early until late for shoppers.
Shoppers and visitors to the town will be able to avail of free parking in Carrick-on-Suir Town Council run carparks on Saturdays December 8, 15 and 22 or an hour of free parking in town centre streets on Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8.
Apart from the Christmas Market, an indoor “pop-up” Artisan Market shop will open at the former T O’Keeffe’s store on William Street for the Christmas Shopping festival.
It will showcase and sell artwork, prints, photography, graphic art, music CDs, books, film DVDs, cards and crafts created by local artists and will be open from Friday, December 7 to Sunday, December 9 from 12 noon to 6pm.
If you are a local artist, writer, poet, musician, film maker, photographer or enterprise student and would like an opportunity to exhibit and sell your work contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (086) 2560609.
Carrick-on-Suir’s Camphill Community will also be selling local crafts at its annual Christmas Craft Fair at its premises on Castle Street on December 9.
COSBA thanked South Tipperary County Council for its generous support in organising the Christmas Shopping Festival.