Limerick to host festivities for children ahead of Christmas

Bubbles the Elf at the North Pole Post Office Pixie Post on O'Connell Street Limerick.

Shoppers in Limerick will be forgiven for thinking this weekend they’ve walked onto the film shoot of a Christmas fairy-tale movie as two ‘Elf’ stores opened in the city centre at the weekend. 
Fresh from a spectacular unwrapping of the city’s Christmas lights a week ago today in front of 12,000 people, hundreds of children flocked to the two ‘Elf’ units opened on the city’s main thoroughfare, O’Connell Street.  
The ‘North Pole Post Office’, where children got to post their letter to Santa and help elves sort out his mail, and ‘Elf Enterprises HQ’, where children got to join the elves in wrapping presents and other activities, were busy throughout the weekend as queues of children descended to enjoy the special experience. 
The initiative is the first phase of a three year programme of investment by the Limerick City Business Association at Limerick Chamber, in partnership with Limerick City and County Council, to transform Limerick into Ireland’s leading destinations for Christmas shopping and short-breaks. 

. Pic Sean Curtin Photo.

A range of festivities are to take place for children ahead of Christmas at Bedford Row in Limerick city this weekend.

The much anticipated Santa’s Magic Post Box, designed by FABLAB in Limerick, along with other free events will run from Friday December 9 to Sunday December 11.

The venue is expected to welcome large numbers of children as they arrive to send the most important letter of the year.

Santa is determined to make it a magical day and is sending a team of his helpers to collect the special mail over the weekend.

The elves will be set up in a marquee workshop making Christmas tree decorations, wrapping gifts, making lanterns and puppets and telling stories and the adults can learn how to make Christmas wreathes with Limerick Printmakers providing workshops at the venue.

Children are being asked to bring along an unwrapped toy in aid of the St Vincent De Paul Christmas appeal.

Limerick City and County Mayor Kieran O’Hanlon said, “Christmas is all about children and we’ve redoubled our efforts this year to make sure it’s a Christmas to remember for kids in Limerick.”

Christmas shoppers will also be entertained by Musical Treats on O’Connell Street at the Urban Garden from 3pm to 6pm on Friday to Sunday as part of Limerick City and County Council’s initiative to give a platform to local charities and groups providing live festive music and carol singing.

“We all have fond memories of Christmas in the city and the range of activities put on for this weekend honours that great tradition in style,” Mayor O’Hanlon said.

This weekend’s events are organised by Goldiefish events on behalf of Christmas in Limerick, an initiative by Limerick City and County Council in association with Limerick Chamber.

Over the Christmas period, free parking is available in the city centre, Newcastle West, Abbeyfeale and Kilmallock every day from 11.30am.

For full listings of events in Limerick this Christmas click here.

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