Roscommon Christmas lights switch-on this Sunday

The Roscommon Town Christmas Lights Committee have announced that Santa Claus will be returning to Roscommon Town to perform the ‘switching-on’ of the festive lighting for 2022 on this Sunday, November 27th.

Santa will arrive in town and travel through the streets in his spectacular sleigh, accompanied by the St Comán’s Wood National School band. The switch-on will happen at approximately 5 pm, and afterwards, Santa Claus will not be rushing away; he has promised to stay and see all the children who are there to meet him.

The Christmas Light Committee volunteers have been busy over the past number of weeks – checking lights, doing repairs, and putting up the lights on Sunday mornings so that Roscommon town will be looking its best for the festive season.

The lights are erected to the highest electrical standards, and as an eco-friendly measure and in response to the ever-increasing energy costs, every single lightbulb has been replaced with a smart LED bulb. The lights display on Main Street is being entirely replaced this year to further enhance the town centre.

The Christmas Lights Chairperson Declan Molloy urges the public to turn out again in big numbers this year, to show their support for the volunteers who make Roscommon the envy of many other towns.

“The funding of the Christmas Lights depends on voluntary contributions from the town’s businesses and the public”, he commented. “An enormous voluntary effort goes into the erecting and running of the festive lighting.

“We are indebted to the business people of the town and the public for their support over the years, and we hope the same support will be forthcoming this Christmas. There are a lot of new businesses that have opened up in the town in recent years, and we hope they will come in and support us too”.

Anybody wishing to contribute to the cost of funding the Christmas lights can do so via the fundraising page,

The committee wish to thank Roscommon County Council, the Gardaí, St Comán’s Wood NS, and the local media for their help and cooperation. Thanks also to the public for their patience while the lights were being erected, and to Santa for agreeing to come to Roscommon for the formalities!

A very special thanks goes out to each and every volunteer member, who have been out in good and bad weather to ensure that the fabulous Christmas lights display will be ready.

Finally, the committee would like to wish you all a happy, peaceful, and safe Christmas. See you all this weekend for the switch-on, and don’t forget your coat and festive hat on the night!