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Sligo Christmas Markets, Carol Singing, Events

Drumcliffe Christmas Festival 6th - 10th December 2017

Historic Drumcliffe church hosts unique Christmas festival

Our 2017 'Light of the World' festival will comprise of over 65 themed Christmas trees which will have been carefully prepared by local community groups and individuals. These trees will be on display in Drumcliffe Church and in addition to this we will also have over 30 craft stalls located in a large marquee.

Drumcliffe Tea House will also be in full festive swing with it's usual selection of wonderful home baking, delicious desserts and Christmas offerings.

Santa Claus himself will also be in attendance at various times throughout the festival, which will annouced nearer to the event. If you are a local musician or a member of a chior we'd love you to be involved in our festival and welcome performances throughout the programme and at the various events & services.

This years festival at Drumcliffe will build upon our highly succesful 2016 & 2014 events, with some familar activites and a host of new offerings planned! Our most recent festival seen upwards of 6,000 people attend and over €5,400 raised for worthwile causes. 

The festival will close on Sunday Evening 10th Dec with a community carol service in Drumcliffe Church, which proved a very special event last year. Check out the link below which was filmed during the service to capture the athmosphere.

 Strandhill Christmas Markets from the 1st of December

Friday Night Markets (5pm-9pm): December 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd

Sunday Markets (11am-4pm): December 3rd, 10th and 17th  

With a focus on supporting Irish businesses, traders, craftspeople, producers and charities, these Christmas markets will offer national and international visitors a chance to purchase high quality gifts and indulge in one of the many hearty food dishes on offer.

 Santatown, Riverstown Folk Park from 9th December

“A wonderful experience for young and old. Enjoy the Elves
stage performance and some surprise guests in the build up
to Santas arrival”

The dates for Santatown are as follows:

Saturday 9th December at 3pm

Sunday 10th December at 3pm

Saturday 16th December at 3pm

Sunday17th December at 3pm and 5pm

Cost is €15 per child for show and quality gift

Children €15. Adults €5 to include Show and Santa’s Gift


Sligo on Ice - Open from 17th December 2017 – 14th January 2018

Open from 10am to 9pm every day, with some sessions set aside for large groups during school term, if you wish to book any of  these contact us direct on 0852508992

 There are family deals to be had with a family of four coming in at €48 and family of five €58, Adult’s €15, students €14 and children 4 to 12 years €12 this includes your skates and there is no booking fee. We have a small number of penguin aids for children (children must be 4 to go on the ice) and these will be provided on a first come basis. We do advise people to book in advance, walk in will be available but can not be guaranteed. Wrap up warm and always bring an extra pair of sock, they just may keep your toes warm and help with balance. 

Sligo is about to get a big freeze and I'm not talking about the weather . Sligo is getting its first ever real indoor ice rink and it's going to be big, over 200 meters square and  can cater for up to 70 patrons on the ice every hour. 

 Christmas Spectacular 2017 - 13th December

This is a night not to be missed and will cater for all ages, young and old. Listen to your favourite Christmas sung by choirs and played by a 61 piece orchestra. 

The musical line up on the night will add some sparkle to your festive season with an exciting mix of music from Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride to White Christmas and Oh Holy Night to a bit of Shakin’ Stevens Merry Christmas Everyone!

The evening’s entertainment will finish up with a Medley of well-known Christmas Carols that promises to have everyone on their feet and singing to fill the hall with festive cheer.

Hawkswell Theatre  - Sun 3 Dec - Fri 15 Dec, 8pm, Sat 16 Dec, 7.30pm
Matinees Sun 3 & Sun 10, 3pm

Babes in the Wood Pantomime

Returning to stage it’s 39th annual pantomime, Coolera Dramatic society present Babes in the Wood. After the death of their father, Nurse Molly Coddle delivers Jack and Jill to the care of their Uncle, the Sheriff of Nottingham. But the evil Sheriff plans to dispose of his niece and nephew in Sherwood Forest so that he can inherit their fortune. Can Robin Hood save the day and win the heart of Maid Marian? Together with his
trusted Merry Men, Robin sets out on his biggest adventure so far! Filled with slapstick jokes, song-and-dance routines, stunning costumes and spectacular sets, it’s the perfect pre Christmas treat for all the family.