Santa Claus Is Coming To Thurles Christmas Market

Had lunch with Nikki Veasey from Cottage Rescue Animal Shelter yesterday and got the full news update on this years Thurles Christmas Market, which will take place on Sunday 11th December here in Liberty Square, Thurles, beginning at 1.00pm and finishing at 6.00pm.

So first lets look at the entertainment being organised:-

Kids be good, Santa confirms he will visit Thurles Dec 11th next.

Of course her most exciting news is the letter she just received from Santa Claus, who confirms he will be arriving in Liberty Square, Thurles, sharp at 1.45pm. As you know, it is customary for Santa to make unannounced early Christmas visits to certain areas in early December. His reasons, well what else, but  to check on who is being naughty and who is being nice. So, Mum and Dad, show this to your children before December 11th, otherwise they may find empty stockings, when he makes his annual final visit on Christmas Eve next, to Thurles and surrounding areas. ( I have it on good authority that Santa is coming down hard on children this year, who won’t go to bed on time, so be warned.)

Three highly entertaining music groups have already been guaranteed a visit from Santa this year and they will be in Liberty Square to entertain the thousands of shoppers expected into the town centre on that afternoon.

No local Christmas Market could be held in Thurles without our first two performing groups. Beginning at 1.00pm the Littleton Ramblers go on stage and at 2.00pm, they are quickly followed by those wonderful voices, yes the magnificent Thurles Gospel Choir.

At 3.00pm sharp, meet the top billing, (Warning, do not be late) as Autonomous i take to the stage, fresh from giggs in top music venues, such as ‘Whelans,’ ‘The Sugar Club,’ and ‘The Crane Lane,’ and of course their recent much publicised appearance on the successful TV series “The Apprentice.”  This band was described recently by Mail on Sunday music critic Danny McElhinney as being “The best undiscovered band in Ireland.” Trust me when I say “Expect a live show which will be varied in the extreme, as they seamlessly navigates through rock, funk, dance inspired grooves, while displaying infectious confidence and cheeky pre Christmas grins, and yes for the first time in an open air concert in the centre of their beloved home town of Thurles.

From 2.30pm -3.30pm Hayes Hotel are opening the doors of their “Factory” night club, for a free junior disco for children, aged strictly between 4 years and 13 years. Parental Note Here: Children can only be admitted if accompanied by at least one parent. Santa will be of course visiting here during this event also. So Mum here is a chance for  you to sneak away and have a walk around the town without anyone, dare I say “hanging out of you.”

Note the Market area will be devoid of moving traffic, Christmas lighting will be switched on and everyone can enjoy and visit the assembled over 60 stalls on the street and of course local shops in the town centre and surrounding streets, all of which will be open for business and doing special cut price offers on that day.

Speaking of market stalls, what’s on offer,” I hear you scream.  On the day there will be ‘a sea of shopping variety,’ never before witnessed in any rural town in Ireland, all major food manufacturing artisans will be in attendance offering goods and advise. There will be hand craft demonstrations like wood turning and slate mirror making, jewelry, cosmetics, knitting, garden furniture, face painting, toys, soft ice-cream manufacturing, vintage vehicles, a vintage museum, kiddy rides, etc, etc, etc.

Just in case you can’t find what you are looking for, our town’s much loved, quick witted, and golden voiced “Town Crier,” Mr Tomas Noone will be on hand, with microphone at the ready, to inform you of what is ready and available in the local shops and on the visiting stalls.

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