Santa Claus set for big lights switch-on


‘I’m excited ahead of first festive trip!’


Santa Claus has a very special appointment in Roscommon town this Sunday. The Lapland native will be landing in Co. Roscommon to switch on the town’s Christmas lights at 5 pm.

  A statement from the North Pole said Santa and Mrs Claus were thrilled with the work of the Roscommon Christmas Lights Committee volunteers who have been working hard since September to light up the county town.

  The statement read:

  “We here at the North Pole workshop know the value of hard work. News has reached us here that a small but mighty group of volunteers have been up at the crack of dawn every Sunday since the beginning of November in order to ensure that this Christmas in Roscommon town is the brightest yet.

  “Santa is extremely excited about his first visit to Roscommon this season and he can’t wait to light up the town.”

  The brave army of 30 or so volunteers have been granted immunity by Mr Claus this year and will therefore automatically appear on his ‘nice’ list ahead of December 25th.

  Spokesman for the group, John Doorly, said the weeks of hard work over the Christmas period is worth it to see the happiness it brings to the town.

  “We have been meeting up at 8 am every Sunday at The Square. It’s all local volunteers and the work continues throughout Christmas. The hard work starts when the lights are switched on. Checking and maintaining them over the Christmas period is the hard part.”

  A publican by trade, John said that many local business people volunteer their time in order to ensure a bright Christmas for the town.

  “It’s great to see the Christmas lights turned on. Everyone seems to enjoy the occasion and everyone seems to appreciate them too.

  “Before Santa gets here on Sunday, the Roscommon Solstice Choir will be singing in The Square and then after the lights are switched on we have the Gaeilscoil Choir performing so it should be a great occasion,” said John before he hurried off for one final check ahead of Sunday’s main event.