Santa arrived in epic style to launch Yulefest

Santa arrived in Kilkenny on Saturday to launch Yulefest 2021 – Christmas in Kilkenny!
It was a sight to behold as Santa arrived down the river Nore. Carried safely by the Civil Defence and flanked by two boats full of Dragon Paddlers and a string of canoe and kayakers. Arriving at Canal Square where he was greeted by excited spectators.
While Santa was making his way down the river the crowd at Canal Square were being entertained by local drumming group Samba Katz, taking selfies with the 501st Garrison Troopers and hanging out with Santa’s elves.
Cycle Kilkenny were on hand handing out special Yulefest High-Vis’s and cycle accessories to those participating in Santa’s City Cycle. The children (and adults!) participating showed their creativity with some incredibly decorated bikes showing off their Christmas spirit.
Once Santa had safely landed he joined his elves and the children on a cycle through the city, that saw them go up Rose Inn Street, down High Street, around the Marketyard and back to the Parade finishing in the Castle park. Over 300 people took part in Santa’s eco journey around the city which included bikes, scooters and ever a toy tractor!
Cathaoirleach Cllr Fidelis Doherty who was at Canal Square said “ It was great to see so many children get involved. There were some very festive bikes and costumes and it’s great that children are learning the value of cycling as a mode of transport at such a young age. There was a great atmosphere on Canal Square and everyone looked like they were having a great time”.
On The Parade The Lady Desart Choir entertained the crowds and the Anthony McAuley Trad Trio had everyone dancing, as Cathaoirleach Cllr Fidelis Doherty officially launched Yulefest 2021 from the Yulefest Bandstand. Santa was on duty again as he helped Mayor Andrew McGuinness and his children turn on the Christmas lights. There was a buzz about the town and a large number of people attended each event. The Winter Market also began on Saturday and will continue each weekend until Christmas.
Mayor Andrew McGuinness said “There was such a lovely festive atmosphere in the city with the huts, the lights and the music. People’s spirits were high which was great to see. Yulefest looks like it’s going to be a great event”
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