Thousands throng to the Diamond as Enniskillen lights up for Christmas!
26th November 2019
The Christmas season was well and truly launched in Enniskillen on Saturday evening when a huge crowd joined the Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Siobhán Currie and Santa to switch on the Christmas lights in the town.
The Christmas illumination marked the conclusion of an afternoon of festive entertainment on The Diamond which included the choirs from St Paul’s PS, Irvinestown and Bunscoil an Traonaigh, Lisnaskea, St Mary’s and Ballyreagh Silver Bands, The Knights Band, Snow Sisters and Q Radio’s Ibe Sesay.
Monsignor Peter O’Reilly of Fermanagh Churches Forum provided the traditional Christmas Greetings and seasonal reflection.
There was also a varied programme of festive fun with the very popular Christmas Elf trail, as well as face painters and Christmas characters. The eagerly awaited arrival of Santa did not disappoint when the man himself arrived in the Diamond on the Winter Wonderland train.
The Council Chair, Councillor Siobhán Currie, took the opportunity to bring season’s greetings on behalf of the Council. In her address, Councillor Currie stressed the importance of shopping locally this Christmas supporting the local economy and ensuring that it would benefit from what is traditionally a busy period.
Councillor Currie also thanked all those who provided entertainment on the day and congratulated the Events team and staff of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council for organising such a hugely enjoyable event. She also expressed her gratitude to the thousands of people who turned out for the switch-on and who created such a wonderful festive atmosphere in the town centre.
The switch on of the Christmas illuminations is just the beginning of a bumper package of events to celebrate the festive season in Enniskillen. The annual Enniskillen Christmas Craft and Food Fair will once again take place in the Townhall / Diamond area on Saturday 30 November from 10.30am – 5.00pm. A range of food and craft delights will be available on the day along with festive family street entertainment and live music.
Enniskillen will also be filled with festive cheer on Saturday 14 December 2019 from 12noon – 4.00pm with the Santa Dander taking place in the town centre. Families will enjoy free street entertainment alongside the treasure hunt activity around Enniskillen. Participants will receive goodies for taking part and all returned activity sheets will be entered into a draw to win a special prize. Santa Dander activity sheets will be distributed to schools in the local area before the event and will be available from The Diamond on the day.
For further information, please visit Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s website at www.fermanaghomagh.com or telephone 0300 303 1777.