The Big Switch-On returns to Gorey

By Dan Walsh

Following a two-year lockdown, Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District are thrilled to see the return of The Big Switch On with Santa Claus, as the distinguished guest of honour, on Saturday at 6.45pm on the Main Street.

News broke of the return of The Big Switch On when Santa recently hosted a Press Conference in the Ashdown Park Hotel to announce details of his long-awaited return to Gorey.  “This year’s event promises to deliver merry and bright days as a huge effort has been made in Gorey town to create a festive atmosphere with enhanced Christmas lights and some more surprises to follow too,” said Santa in an email to

During the Covid pandemic, the members of Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District generously funded new Christmas lights for the town and created a magical and much-welcomed atmosphere in Gorey receiving much attention nationally and internationally through the Love Gorey social media channels, an initiative also supported by the local authority.

The leaping reindeers in 2019. Will they be there this year?

Traditionally the festive season always commenced with The Big Switch On, butdue to Covid-19 restrictions, this annual celebration has not taken place, so the members feel this year’s event will see the welcome return of the famous Christmas spirit that is so evident in Gorey town.

The annual Christmas Window Competition has also been declared ‘open’ and an invitation goes out to all retailers to participate in this prestigious event for Christmas 2022. This year there will be several prizes available owing to the amazing increase in creativity and commitment by the retailers and businesses as part of the annual Christmas Window Competition.

“We are looking forward to seeing what the retailers deliver this year, with judging taking place on Monday, December 12th. The winner will be announced on Love Gorey that evening,” said Debbie Stanley on behalf of Gorey Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council, and she added; “We would like to offer everyone a peaceful, safe and Happy Christmas.”

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