Christmas celebrations in Claregalway this year will converge in the magical setting of the local castle, as preparations are under way to stage the second annual Christmas Fair.
The scene of several successful community events during the year, the medieval grounds will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland, featuring a wide range of food and craft stands from across the city and county.
The free event on Saturday December 12th and Sunday December 13th is aimed at generating some Christmas cheer in the village, and organisers are hoping for a large turnout to get everyone in the festive spirit.
The adults can peruse over thirty stalls, displaying artisan foods produced locally along with some of the most creative and unusual craft fare by the Made in Galway group, which is a Galway County Council initiative to promote world class local products and design and foster economic development.
With something to entertain all the family, children will enjoy a special Christmas puppet show, performed by Tommy Baker of Yer Man’s Puppets Company.
Marguerite Tonery will enchant children of all ages with some festive storytelling, while the adults can soak up the special atmosphere with a glass of mulled wine.
Musical entertainment will further enhance the experience and Santa is due to call by on both days to meet the children ahead of his very important visit to homes around the county on Christmas Eve.
The Christmas Fair, which follows the successful medieval tournament in September and the Garden Festival in July, is further cementing the Castle as a community focal point and the organisers of the fair are confident it will be a fitting event to mark another successful year in the village.
Parking is available locally while those who don’t want to avoid the hassle of driving can avail of a regular shuttle bus to and from Galway city.