Carrickmacross

Carrickmacross Christmas Tree Festival on the way

Festival takes place from Friday November 30 to Sunday December 2

Donard McCabe

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Donard McCabe

Carrickmacross Christmas Tree Festival on the way

Helping to launch the Christmas Tree Festival at St. Finbarr’s Church, Carrickmacross are (from left); Rosemary Johnston and Breda McGuigan, Revd Colin McConaghie and Cathal O’Gorman

One parish in Clogher Diocese is asking people to rediscover the gift of Christmas through Christmas trees.

St. Finbarr’s Church of Ireland parish in Carrickmacross is staging its community Christmas Tree Festival next weekend from Friday November 30 to Sunday December 2.

The Festival is being staged in conjunction with Carrickmacross Chamber of Commerce.

The official opening of the Festival will follow the switch on of the Christmas lights in Carrickmacross on Friday November 30, at 6pm from the front of St. Finbarr’s Church. One of the town’s main Christmas trees will be located in the church grounds.

Santa will make his way from the town’s switch on ceremony to his Grotto set up as part of the Festival to greet children.

Local businesses and groups have been involved in setting up their own Christmas tree decorated with their own corporate or personal theme.

The Rector, the Revd Colin McConaghie, explained that as well as the Christmas trees in the church, there will be other special displays including a winter wonderland.

Following Friday evening’s opening ceremony, St. Finbarr’s Church will be open for the Christmas Tree Festival on Saturday December 1, from 10.30am to 6pm and on Sunday from 1pm finishing with a community Carols of Praise Service at 7pm.

During the weekend, children will be welcomed to Santa’s Grotto, there will be refreshments served and parishioners will be involved in a cake sale and raffle as well as selling their new parish cookery book.