Ho! Ho! Ho! What an exciting evening in Tipperary town last Saturday as crowds poured into the Market Yard in eager anticipation of the arrival of Santa to turn on the Tipperary Town Christmas lights.
MC DJ Mossie Richardson from Tipp Mid West radio motivated the crowd and interviewed children sharing their Christmas wish list. The CJ Kickham Brass & Reed Band played poignant Christmas songs and St. Joseph’s Primary School choir brought a smile to the crowd and warmed up the freezing cold temperatures with lovely Christmas carols.
The TIRD Chamber of Commerce organised the event with tremendous help from The Tipperary Vintage Rally club members who helped deliver Santa in style on the Polar Express.
“Did you see Santa?” Asked wide-eyed children. “Is Santa here?” “Is he coming?”
And just then, a large, magic motorbike and carrier arrived full or naughty Snowmen, mischievous elves and Rudolf the red-nosed reindeer. They raced into the crowds giving out sweets before all attention turned towards a great roar as Santa’s Polar Express train emerged from in-between the two banks carrying Santa’s and the Pride of Tipperary Hazel Heffernan. They were greeted with great excitement as children surged forward as Santa made his way to the stage, stopping for photographs and saying hello to all the children.
This year in addition to the Christmas lights on the mains streets, there is a 30ft Christmas tree in the Market Yard and the Clock Tower has been beautifully adorned with Christmas lights.
The message from the TIRD Chamber of Commerce and the main man Santa is remember to shop local this Christmas.