Santas will be dashing through the streets of Clonmel on Saturday

Santas will be dashing through the streets of Clonmel on Saturday

Above - Present at the launch of Christmas Under The Arches, which will be held at the Main Guard in Clonmel from 1-6pm this Saturday December 17th were, from left, Ann Condon, District Administrator Paul Murray, Rita Bourke, District Mayor Andy Moloney, Santa, Cllr. Pat English, Miriam Bourke, Thomas Ryan and Aoife Hornibrook.

Shoppers in Clonmel's town centre on Saturday afternoon will be treated to the sight of Santas racing down O'Connell Street, from the West Gate to the Main Guard, at 4.30.

The Santa Dash is part of Christmas Under the Arches, which will take place from 1-6pm on Saturday.

The event will create a winter wonderland atmosphere at the Main Guard with music, light refreshments, mince pies, non-alcoholic drinks and live entertainment.

Registration for the Santa Dash will take place from 3.30pm at the Main Guard. The dash begins at 4.30pm from the West Gate, led by Santa Claus on his bicycle, which has been donated by Worldwide Cycles in Clonmel.

Christmas can be a hard time for many people. Loneliness, sadness and hardship can make this time of year difficult for some.

So to brighten up the darker days of December the South Tipperary Mental Health Consumer Panel, in conjunction with The Mayor's Fund, has organised Christmas Under The Arches.

This is the first year of this partnership and promises to be the biggest and best ever. Local artists from Western Studios, under the guidance of local artist Mia Carney, will provide artworks and decorations.

All donations of non-perishable goods as well as food vouchers, coal vouchers and cash, in aid of the Mayor’s Fund, will be welcome.

Tipp FM will have an outside broadcast unit from 11am until 2pm.  

Also on Saturday, the County Museum has organised a Christmas family movie experience that will be held at Liam Daly's in O'Connell Street at 2pm.

The entry per family is €10, which includes light refreshments and free entry to the Santa Dash.

Christmas-themed outfits are encouraged , as people get into the festive spirit just over a week before Christmas Day.

It's essential to book this event in advance through the County Museum - phone 076-1065252 or e-mail museum@tipperarycoco.ie