By Dan Walsh
Enniscorthy town centre is set to become a magic Winter Wonderland in the weeks leading up to Christmas and the highlight will be a re-imagined Santa’s Enchanted Castle event returning to Enniscorthy Castle for Christmas 2020 despite the challenges of Covid-19.
Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council told WexfordLocal.com; “Christmas is more important this year than ever before and I am heartened to see the Council, Enniscorthy Castle staff and many groups working together with the Chamber and traders to light up Enniscorthy for the winter season.”
“Come to Enniscorthy this Christmas for a Santa-stic time. We have re-imagined our seasonal experience for 2020 so although it will be different you are guaranteed the same Christmas cheer at the event and indeed a great atmosphere and offering all around the town” said Ger Mackey, Enniscorthy Municipal District Manager, who added; “Hotel pre-sale ‘sleep over’ packages are currently on offer and selling well, it is important we attract visitors to the banks of the Slaney to bolster the local economy and equally entertain our townspeople too. The magic of Christmas can’t be lost to Covid19”.
Visitors and locals alike can check-in for Christmas at Santa HQ on Castle Street to be entertained theatre style at the children’s live Character & Carol Show. Patrons will be entertained by members of Rathnure Pantomime Society from the stage in The Athenaeum before the Enniscorthy Elves escort each individual group pod of six down Castle Hill to Santa’s Enchanted Castle. There a socially distanced Santa and Mrs Claus will greet and gift each group from their ground floor winter garden wonderland.
The 45-minute tour priced very reasonably from €15 will finish with a leisurely trip on the Tinsel Town Train from its Church Street base around Enniscorthy’s premier streets in a square six-minute route. Small outdoor winter shopping huts and winter themed windows are planned for Market Square.
Running from November 21st, the popular children’s event will operate Thursdays to Sundays over twenty one days until December 23rd. General sale tickets will go live this Friday 25th September on www.santasenchantedcastle.ie.