With the Late Late Toy Show and the Shannon Airport Santa Flights so close, we here at The Clare Echo offices are certainly feeling the Christmas spirit.
From sweet little markets to magical Santa visits, there are plenty of perfectly picturesque seasonal functions popping up all over the Banner county this December.
If you’re looking for a taste of Christmas cheer, our resident Love Clare columnist Aoibhin Garrihy has you sorted with her top five favourite festive functions:
1. Trump Doonbeg Annual Christmas Market, December 1-3:
Wrap up warm and enjoy the glow of the twinkling fairy lights as you sip mulled wine and browse the local market stalls. This annual Christmas Market boasts an array of artisan food, crafts and festive gifts, free admission and parking.
2. Christmas Village Liscannor, open from December 3:
Moher Hill Farm is a hive of activity at Christmas as the animals play an active role in the live crib. Post your letter at the North Pole post office and enjoy the animated snow scene. Visit the man himself as he regularly stops by to check on the busy elves in the farm barn. Open from December 3.
3. Carrigaholt Christmas Market, December 3, 10-4PM:
This village market showcases over 30 stalls of craft fayre in the cosy surrounds of St Mary’s Hall, Carrigaholt. Soak up the festive atmosphere and finish the evening in style with a hot toddy at one of the local haunts!
4. Frozen Sing Along at glór, December 9, 4PM:
Join Disney’s best loved princesses and pals as you belt out the best ballads from the iconic movie and enjoy an afternoon of facepainting, fancy dress and festive family fun! Sat 9th Dec from 4pm. Tickets available at glór.ie
5. Santa’s Workshop at Ailwee Cave:
From snowy owls at the birds of prey centre, Christmas trains, gift shops full of festive hampers packed by elves and the main man (and woman), Mr and Mrs Claus taking up residence in their grotto deep in the cave, this is one Christmas experience not to be missed. Tickets available at 1890 245593
Pick up a copy of today’s Clare Echo for Aoibhin’s full column.