Embrace the festive magic at Roscommon Christmas Festival

 

Anne-Marie O’Sullivan from Enchanted Croí Theatre pictured with Caoimhe Murray at the launch of the Roscommon Christmas Festival in Loughnaneane Park in Roscommon recently. Pic: Brian Farrell

Experience the enchantment of the festive season in Roscommon and discover all the county has to offer this Christmas. From December 9th to 10th, the annual Roscommon Christmas Festival – presented by the Roscommon Town Team, Roscommon LEADER Partnership, Roscommon Chamber, and supported by Roscommon County Council – will delight visitors with its festive ambience and a wide range of exciting events. But the magic doesn’t stop there! Explore the charming town of Roscommon and indulge in seasonal offerings and events right across the county, creating cherished festive memories that will last a lifetime.

Highlights of Roscommon Christmas Festival include ‘An Enchanted Christmas Trail’ at Loughnaneane Park in Roscommon, taking place on December 9th and 20th. Loughnaneane Park will shine bright with an enchanting display of lights and Christmas characters, alongside nightly performances from Enchanted Croí Theatre in an all-new theatre production, ‘The Night the Toys Sparkled’. The park will be transformed into a mesmerising winter wonderland with twinkling lights and Christmas scenes creating a truly magical ambience. Entrance to the park is available from 5.30 pm to 8 pm each night.

Another highlight will be the bustling markets in Roscommon Town Square. The heart of the festival truly beats in the Square, where over 40 market stalls will showcase a delightful array of goods and products. From beautifully crafted items to locally sourced produce and tempting festive treats, there’s something to satisfy every taste. The market will also feature live entertainment, including carols, dance acts, street performances, and a captivating dinosaur display, and of course, the iconic Santa’s Grotto – a vibrant and joyous experience for all.

Culinary delights are also in store: get ready for a mouth-watering Christmas culinary experience and discover delightful festive recipes from the award-winning TV Chef Sham, with an exclusive cooking demonstration taking place at 2 pm on Sunday, December 10th, in the Roscommon Town Square.

Then there will be the grand finale: a spectacular fireworks display. As the festival draws to a close, Sunday evening will culminate in a breathtaking firework display behind the castle.

 

Countywide attractions

 

For those seeking additional festive experiences throughout the county, ‘Visit Roscommon’ recommends the following options.

Santa’s Grotto is back at the Harrison Centre in Roscommon Town on December 8th to 10th, 15th to 17th, and 22nd to 23rd, along with a wonderful Christmas Market featuring local vendors and festive treats. There is a new online booking system to make visits magical, with all proceeds donated to Roscommon Cancer Support Service in Vita House Family Centre.

Another festive event not to be missed is the Strokestown Christmas Market, taking place on Friday, December 15th, and Saturday, December 16th, from 4 pm-8 pm on the grounds of Strokestown Park House. It will be an excellent weekend, with face-painting, Christmas carols, games and much more entertainment to enjoy.

Staying with Strokestown, why not step into the transformed Strokestown House and embark on a magical festive adventure through the Palladian Mansion. The meticulously decorated mansion sets the stage for a truly immersive experience, celebrating the wonder and joy of Christmas.

Yet another festive treat in store is the ‘Arigna Mining Experience: Santa Underground’. Prepare for a unique and unforgettable journey as Arigna Mining Experience is transformed into a festive wonderland (up and running since Saturday, December 2nd).

Lisa Joy (Tourism Officer at Visit Roscommon) invites everyone to embrace the festivities at the highly anticipated Roscommon Christmas Festival and across the many attractions the county has to offer.

“I am thrilled to invite everyone to experience the joy and wonder of the Christmas season in Roscommon at our enchanting Christmas Festival”, she said.

“With mesmerising light displays and theatre performances, bustling markets, and a wide range of entertainment for all ages, this year’s festival will be bigger and better than ever before and promises unforgettable moments for all. Join us in celebrating the magic of Christmas in Roscommon”.