Prepare to be enchanted and enthralled by the Wonderous Wexford Winterland, which sees Wexford celebrate 40 days of Christmas festivities in Wexford town.
Celebrations get underway on Saturday, November 28th as a magnificent Christmas Parade weaves its way through Wexford town starting from Selskar Square at 5pm. Santa’s Sleigh is Centre stage and the parade is led by the Bloco Gorman Samba Drummers, Mrs. Claus will be taking special care of Santa’s Post Box along with Santa’s Elves – so boys and girls, bring along your letters to post to Santa! Special guests this year will include Scrooge and Bosco. The Ice Maiden will be on her throne on stage with various choirs on the Quayside and will await Santa to arrive at 6pm to switch on the Christmas Lights.
The Wexford Winterland festivities take place under a canopy of twinkling lights across Wexford town until January 10th 2015. Highlights include Ice Skating on the Quay, this is no ordinary ice rink as skaters will be cajoled by a spectacular lighting show and giant screens showing winter scenes, Christmas move snippets and Winter Olympic clips to inspire!
Christmas Outdoor Movies will be shown in the Bullring up until Christmas and new for 2015 is Santa’s Train, also running until Christmas. Little ones will enjoy a truly magical experience while listening to special Christmas stories from none other than Santa himself! Santa’s train will depart from the Bullring, travel down to Wexford Quay to see the Ice Rink, visit the Christmas Trees on the Quay and in Redmond Square, and finally back along the main street to see the festive lights and hear the Christmas music.
If it’s a traditional festive market your looking for, enjoy a joyous and festive atmosphere at the Bullring; the craft market will be a hive of activity with lots of entertainment promised. Set in the historic Bullring, the market will consist of decorated wooden cabins showcasing a diverse range of crafts produced by artists from Wexford’s craft trail. At Wexford Arts Centre the annual Christmas Craft fair will also host a variety of top quality crafters with a selection of wares on offer.
Wexford County Council have announced free parking in all public car parks from 11am every Tuesday until Christmas, and every day from 10am from Saturday 19th until Christmas Eve.
Christmas Activities take place in various locations across Wexford; in New Ross ‘The New Ross Nollaig Festival’ promises to ensure that all visitors and Rossonians will enjoy an extra special Christmas this year. The special festival celebrations will include outdoor markets and a national carol singing competition and Santa is on duty at the Dunbrody Famine Ship.
In Rosslare on November 29th a wonderful festive market takes place at the Community and Sports centre from 10.30am to 4pm.
In Enniscorthy enjoy the opportunity to visit Santa at the enchanted Enniscorthy Castle until December 23rd. enjoy treats from Mrs. Claus Kitchen, a peep into Santa’s Bedroom and experience the magic of the elves magical toy machine brought from the North Pole.
A visit to a working farm can be a source of both fun and education for children and the Kia Ora Mini Farm is sure to offer an experience to live long in their memories. Situated on an open farm near Gorey, there’s a live crib, a selection of reindeer and an opportunity to meet Santa himself. Complimentary hot drinks and cake will help stave off the winter chill. Also in Gorey Santa’s Train sets off on a magical adventure from the Amber Springs Hotel from now until December 22nd.
Santa is a very busy man in Wexford, he is also ensconced at the magical Wells House where he, Mrs Claus and the elves will be on hand to entertain plus the outdoor christmas craft market will ensure that you have some unique stocking fillers. Santa is also setting up his grotto at the Irihs National Heritage Park where he will be joined by his elves in an cnchanted woodland on weekends until December 20th. Santa is also at Johnstown Castle over the weekends of December 12th and 13th and December 19th and 20. Santa at the Castle is a must for all the family offering visitors a rare opportunity to see inside Johnstown Castle and soak up the festive atmosphere in its grand surroundings. At Ballycross Apple Farm Santa will be in his house from December 6th.
For further details on Christmas in Wexford see www.visitwexford.ie