Dundalk gets in the festive mood with the Festival of Light and Culture kicking off today

Ami Connolly

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Ami Connolly

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Dundalk’s Festival of Light and Culture kicks off today (Friday) with lots of great activities planned over the next two days to keep both kids and adults entertained.

Dundalk’s Festival of Light and Culture kicks off today (Friday) with lots of great activities planned over the next two days to keep both kids and adults entertained.

The festival kicks off with a craft fair taking place in the Clanbrassil Centre from 12 noon.

Between 4-6pm DJ Dove West will be playing some great tunes at the Court House and the official switching on of the Christmas lights will take place at around 5pm followed by the official opening of Dundalk on Ice.

Pop over to the Longwalk Shopping Centre also as there will be a kiddie fun fair in the car park from 5.30pm.

The Setanta Choir, who are celebrating 35 years of choral singing, are also performing at the Court House at 5.30pm and it is a performance not to be missed.

Titan the robot will also be making an appearance from 6-6.30pm and 7.30-8pm at the Court House while the Dundalk Brass Band will perform in the Longwalk Shopping Centre from 6-7pm.

Of course the biggest event of the evening will be the Santa Fun Run, an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most Santa’s running one mile.

4,000 Santas are needed to break the record and all proceeds raised will be donated to various local charities.

Tags are still available today from 11am-2pm in the marquee at the Green in the Demesne.

All Santas must meet at the Redemptorist at 6pm and the race will start at 6.30pm sharp.

During the run local band the Enemies will play at the Court House and Santa himself will also arrive at 7pm in the Longwalk.

Dundalk based five-piece The Stormers will entertain the crowds for the rest of the night (8-9pm) at the Court House.

iRadio will be broadcasting live throughout the day and there will be lots of buskers and street entertainment around the town to get everyone in the festive mood.

The festive avtivities will continue tomorrow (Saturday) with plenty of local performers, bands and musicians performing throughout the day at the Court House including DJ, Friend of a Martyr, David Keenan, Youth Groove Stage School, Duct Tape and Prayers and Manifesto.

Titan the robot will be back for an appearance in the Marshes Shopping Centre at 4pm and band the Whereabouts will be be performing a few of their tracks before Blackrock singer-songwriter Sinead McNally launches her new Christmas single ‘Nearly Christmas’ between 4.30-5.30pm.

At 5.30 there will be a great firework display before Santa himself arrives at 5.45pm.

For more details on any of these events please visit the dundalk Festival of Light and culture Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Dundalk-Festival-of-Light-Culture-2013/408523229261465.