Historic Drumcliffe church hosts unique Christmas festival
In mid December a Christmas Festival will be held in Drumcliffe Church and the surrounding grounds. The event will run over a four-day period from Thursday 8th to Sunday the 11th December open from 3 pm to 9pm (Thursday) and 11am - 9pm (Friday – Sunday).
The Festival will be made up of two distinct offerings.
There will be a Christmas Tree Extravaganza which will consist of upwards of 45 Christmas trees and exhibitions on display in Drumcliffe Church. Each tree will have been decorated by a local voluntary group, business, or individual and the design will reflect the work of these organisations. Alongside the display of trees there will be a variety of entertainment; including storytelling and music.
The surrounding grounds will comprise of a marquee which will host a Christmas Craft Fair. This will be an excellent opportunity to purchase some unique Christmas gifts as a large selection of local crafts will be on sale. You will also be able to relax and enjoy afternoon tea, coffee and some delicious home baking in Drumcliffe Tea House, whilst enjoying the sounds of local musical talent. There may even a visit from Santa Claus himself?
There will be no entry charge; however donations would be very much appreciated and will be distributed between Drumcliffe Church and the Samaritans.
The Samaritans, which offers help and support to people who are experiencing difficulties in their lives provides a 24/7 counseling service. The service which has over 2400 active volunteers received almost 623,000 calls last year.
Funding such as that which this festival will provide will ensure the services can be maintained to continue the good work which is currently being undertaken. The donations will be earmarked for use within the local Sligo branch.
Speaking ahead of the Festival, Event Organiser Peter Langan said:
“I am really excited about this Festival which is building upon our 2014 event in Lissadell Parish Church. I would encourage everyone to come out and support this tremendous event. It will be a unique experience and promises to be a magical day out with music, food, crafts and trees for all who choose to attend!”
The weekend will culminate in a Community Carols Service, which will take place in Drumcliffe Church on Sunday 11th December at 7pm. Everyone is very welcome to attend this festive experience. The Venerable Isaac Hanna, Rector of Drumcliffe Parish reflects that “ The Carol Service will be a fitting conclusion to the Christmas Festival and will be an opportunity for the entire community to gather in a unique environment to celebrate the joy of Christmas”
The organisers extend a warm welcome to all and look forward to sharing this wonderful Christmas experience with you.
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