Clonakilty Christmas Express to celebrate the festive season

Posted on: 5th December, 2016

Category: Headlines

Contributor: West Cork People

Clonakilty Chamber of Commerce and the Model Railway Village have launched the Clonakilty Christmas Express with a magical train journey to be the highlight of the town’s festivities this year. The Clonakilty Christmas Express will run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday December 16, 17 and 18.

Councillor Christopher O’Sullivan, Chair, Clonakilty Chamber of Commerce and the whole community are getting into the Christmas spirit; he asks: “Ever been on a train that only runs on Christmas carols? This Christmas we are inviting everyone to visit our town and take a magical train journey on the Clonakilty Christmas Express.”

Visitors will meet Mr Potts the friendly train Conductor who will stamp free train tickets. On a journey through the streets of Clonakilty some of Santa’s elves, who will also be on board the train, will be singing Christmas songs along the way. Passengers will need to sing very loud, as this train only runs on Christmas carols and Christmas spirit!

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 Santa’s workshop with hot chocolate, candy canes and gingerbread men for visitors. The night will end with a Christmas disco on Astna Sqaure under the Magic Chestnut Tree.

The train departs on the half hour, so on Friday December 16 it leaves at 4:30pm, 5:30pm etc onwards; on Saturday December 17 and Sunday December 18 the train departs at 2:30pm, 3:30pm etc onwards.

The festive celebrations are courtesy of Clonakilty Chamber of Commerce and the Model Railway Village. Local school choirs will also join in the fun over the course of the weekend.

Clonakilty Christmas Celebrations 2016:

December 8 – Discount Shopping

Friday December 16 – Late night shopping

Friday December 16  – Clonakilty Christmas Express

Saturday December 17 – Clonakilty Christmas Express

Sunday December 18 – Clonakilty Christmas Express.

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