Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa at the Rugby Club on Saturday pictured with Aidan Mulrooney
As the countdown to Christmas speeds up, The Dundalk Democrat has been out and about soaking up some festive cheer (and a few mince pies too).
And from what we can see, there's plenty of Christmas cheer about Dundalk. From the winter wonderland out at Strandfield where children have been traveling to visit Santa in his grotto on a special miniature Thomas the Tank Engine, to the many Christmas musical productions by local groups such as Sparkles and Funky Feet, to the 1920's New Year's Eve gala ball taking place at Bellurgan Park - you'll be spoiled for choice with local events this Christmas.
Over the weekend we popped over to Creative Spark to get crafty at the Christmas Open Day. The Marshes Upper venue was packed out with children and adults alike to try their hands out at free activities such as Christmas paper crafts, Christmas garland making, Christmas day creations, and felt-making.
There were also raffle prizes, mince pies and hot drinks on hand to help keep the cold at bay.
Amy and Marie Rogers learning how to make Christmas garlands with Fionnuala Clarke at the Creative Spark open day
Thomas Daly Russell and Thomas Bishop with artist Fiona Quigley of Bridge St Studios learning how to make felt decorations at the Creative Spark open day
Over at the Rugby
Santa Claus with Ronan Norton at the Rugby Club
Niamh Norton and Aoibhean Reilly with Santa in The Rugby Club
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