Clonakilty town aims to get snowed under with the return of the Clonakilty Christmas Express

Posted on: 11th December, 2017

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

Members of the local community have launched the Clonakilty Christmas Express together with the Clonakilty Chamber of Commerce and the Model Railway Village, celebrating the return of the magical train journey. The Clonakilty Christmas Express transported in excess of 1500 children and parents through the snow-filled streets of Clonakilty last year. The Clonakilty Christmas Express will run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday December 15, 16, and 17 and is free for everyone!

On Friday December 8, Clonakilty will hold its official ‘Turning on the Christmas Lights’ ceremony at Astna square. The Clonakilty brass band will entertain crowds with festive numbers from 4pm sharp and a very special guest will switch on the lights at 5pm sharp. Following the ceremony, there will be a Christmas Tractor Run, in which small tractors decorated with Christmas decorations and fairy lights will parade through the town.

Businesses will be offering 10 per cent discounts and other promotions for the entire day. Clonakilty Vouchers will also be available around the town.

Councillor Christopher O’Sullivan, Chair, Clonakilty Chamber of Commerce and the whole community are getting into the Christmas spirit, as he explained: “It’s a train that runs on Christmas songs, the louder you sing the faster it goes. Its magic! This Christmas we are inviting everyone to visit our town and take a magical train journey on the Clonakilty Christmas Express.”

Visitors will see the return of the very popular train conductor Mr Potts who will stamp free train tickets. On a journey through the streets of Clonakilty some of Santa’s elves will also be on board the train singing Christmas songs along the way. Passengers will need to sing very loud, as this train only runs on Christmas songs and Christmas spirit. Everyone is urged to keep an eye out for the giant penguin!

For the final part of the journey, the Clonakilty Christmas Express will stop off at the North Pole Cottage in Astna Square where Mrs Claus herself will tell stories of ‘Christmas’ Long Ago’. Santa’s elves will be on hand to show off Santa’s workshop with hot chocolate, candy canes and gingerbread men for visitors. The night will end with a Christmas disco on Astna Square under the Magic Tree.

The festive celebrations are courtesy of Clonakilty Chamber of Commerce and the Model Railway Village.

The Clonakilty Chamber of Commerce advocates on behalf of businesses in Clonakilty and aims to support a sustainable and vibrant economy in the area. For membership enquiries please email chamber@clonakilty.ie.

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