EVENTS GUIDE: Dundalk Christmas Frostival

David Lynch

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David Lynch

EVENTS GUIDE: Dundalk Christmas Frostival

The Countdown is on for what is sure to be the most memorable Christmas Frostival event in Dundalk’s history.
Frostival, the umbrella Festival for Dundalk’s Christmas events co-ordinated by Dundalk BIDS with Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and Louth County Council takes place on Saturday, 26th November.
Thousands of people are expected to flock into the Market Square area on Saturday, November 26th for an historic evening which includes the much awaited Dundalk FC Reception, the ‘Jumpers for Joy’ World Record Attempt and fundraiser plus we get to see the new Christmas illuminations for the Town Centre for the first time.

Dundalk FC Reception
Excitement is building for the Dundalk FC Public & Civic Reception, with Club Players, Management, Club representatives and event organisers looking forward to making the event memorable not only for themselves but the fans who have supported the Club through the lean years and now through the Glory Years.
While no doubt, many fans have been waiting some time for this Public Reception, timing has been essential and it is now taking place as a joint project between Dundalk BIDS, Dundalk Municipal District Committee and with the support of Dundalk FC Management, Players & representatives.

Jumpers for Joy
Traffic restrictions will come into place from 3pm in the Town Centre as before the Dundalk FC Reception, Dundalk is set to hold yet another World Record Attempt, this time by gathering 4,000 Christmas Jumper wearers in the Dundalk Town Centre. Registration (€5) has been taking place online via www.dundalk.ie/Christmas-jumpers and via registration desks in the Marshes and Tesco Extra and will continue through the week via the Dundalk BIDS Office.
Organised by Dundalk Chamber and Dundalk BIDS, ‘Jumpers for Joy’ is sponsored by Ortho.ie and this year’s benefitting charities are The Maria Goretti Foundation and the North Louth Hospice & Homecare Foundation
To be eligible to break the record, the following rules apply:
1.For the purposes of this record, a qualifying holiday jumper/sweater must
prominently depict a traditional winter holiday character, item, or theme,
e.g. Santa Claus, a Christmas tree, snowman, etc.
2. Jumpers/sweaters must be long-sleeved and can be pullover or cardigan
style.
3. Official chipped tag must be worn on jumper/sweater. Peel off the back
of the tag and stick to jumper/sweater.
3. Record attempt area is at the Courthouse Square, Market Square, which
will be barriered off.
4. Participants will begin to enter the area at 3.30pm. There will be two
entrances into the area one on Earl Street and the other beside the Ulster
Bank.
5. Participants must enter through these entrances to be officially count.
5. All participants must be in position simultaneously and remain so for a
minimum of 5 minutes.
6. Participants will be signalled from the stage when the five minutes
begins and ends.
7. All participants must wear the jumper/sweater and remain in the record
attempt area for the entirety of the attempt.

New Town Centre Christmas Illuminations
Thanks to the support of Dundalk town centre retailers, Dundalk BIDS has been able to source new state of the art Christmas Illuminations. Indeed thanks to the unprecedented support, BIDS has been able to extend the original plans from Clanbrassil Street and Park Street, to now include Earl Street. The honour of switching on the new lights will go to Dundalk FC.

Dundalk on Ice returns to Frostival
Dundalk on Ice has made yet another successful return to Frostival, with the support of Dundalk BIDS and sponsorship of SIRO.
The official opening of the Christmas season ice rink will take place on the evening of Frostival as the Dundalk FC team make their way to the stage in front of the Courthouse.

Frostival Events
Craft & Food Fair at the Christmas Market Cabins
12noon – Frostival Family Fun Treasure Hunt
2pm - Christmas Choirs on the Market Square Stage followed by Elsa Sing Along
2-5.30pm – Street Entertainers and Carnival by Pelican Promotions
4pm – Who’s Eddie on the Market Square Stage
4pm – Jumpers for Joy World Record Attempt
5pm – Dundalk on Ice Official Opening
5.30pm – Dundalk FC Reception
6pm – Switching on of Town Centre Illuminations

For updates on all events ‘like’ the following Facebook pages: Dundalk Christmas Jumper Record Attempt; Dundalk BIDS, Dundalk on Ice; Frostival