Tralee is a great place to visit this Christmas season with a whole host of special events planned for the festive period. With carol singers, pantomimes, ice skating and even a magical Santa trail to follow, Tralee is going to be awash with Christmas spirit this December. Come along as we check out the top 5 Christmas events in Tralee.
Tralee, County Kerry has a variety of events to keep you busy during the festive season. Choirs from local schools will sing at various locations around the town in the run up to Christmas, all in aid of charity. Santa will arrive in a fire engine (no less) to Toby World in Manor West on the 29th of November and the Christmas lights will be switched on in the town on Saturday, the 6th of December 2008 at 4pm.
What else is there to get you in the festive mood?
Tralee on Ice…
Manor West Retail Park, Tralee.
Only in its 2nd year, Tralee on Ice has re-located to Manor West for this year’s festive fun. No fears about what the weather is going to be like outside as this 500 metre square rink is totally enclosed.
This activity is suitable for all ages, however the organisers do insist on a 1to 1 basis for
anyone under 5.
You’re skating time on the ice is 45 minutes.
So come on now, be brave, you know you want to!
Santa at Toby World…
Toby World is located at Manor West Retail Park, Tralee.
The gap is closing fast towards Christmas Day and don’t most parents know it. Most people seem to be on the “Santa Trail” since the beginning of November.
Santa and his entourage arrive at Toby World on the 29th of November 2008. Toby World has a Log Cabin waiting for the main man right at the end of the magical “Blue Forest”.
This really is a lovely adventure for kids. On the way through the blue forest, they can keep an eye out for small animals. Watch the kids eyes light up as they pass snow covered trees and then try to contain the excitement as they finally approach Santa’s Log Cabin.
Admission fee is 20.00 Euro per child and big children (i.e. adults) are free. Your child will e able to visit Santa, and get a gift from him as well. You can bring your own camera to capture the moment or have it done by Toby World.
After all that your child still gets one and a half hours playtime in the Toby World play centre plus a free pass to come back for playtime in January 2009.
Booking is advisable.
Find out more about Santa at Toby World.
Christmas Pantos and Productions…
The following is a list of the upcoming events to be held during the festive season at Siamsa Tire Theatre, Town Park, Tralee.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella – a presentation of the classic tale by Kerry School of Music.
Dates: From Wednesday the 19th of November 2008 to Saturday the 22nd of November 2008.
Santa and the Magical Christmas Tree – A special Christmas story by Shay Healy and Michael Scott for kids in the 3 to 11 age group.
Kerry School of Music Student Concert – A Christmas concert featuring the talents of the schools teachers and students.
Miracle on 34th Street – A Christmas film presented by the Film Club in association with Samhlaíocht Chiarraí
Red Riding Hood – Oliver Hurley Productions give you their slant on panto mayhem.
Dates: various dates from 18.12.2008 to 04.01.2009.
Mistletoe and Wine – A festive show by the very hard working Kerry School of Music.
Find out more about what’s happening on the Siamsa Tire website.
At the time of writing only 2 of the churches in Tralee had confirmed dates for Carol Services:
St. John’s Church, Castle Street – Oh Holy Night, and evening of carols by Kerry Choral Union.
Date: 14.12.2008 at 8.00p.m.
St.John’s Church, Ashe Street – A traditional service of carols and readings.
Date: 21.12.2008 at 10.45a.m.
Gala New Year’s Eve Ball…
The Brandon Hotel, Tralee.
Fancy being the belle of the ball? Look no further than the Gala New Year’s Eve Ball at the Brandon Hotel.
The hotel is offering a 2-night b&b package with your ticket for the ball included.
This is a Black and White Gala Ball. On the night you’ll be greeted with a mulled wine reception. And for one night don’t worry about that diet – just enjoy the 6-course meal. Then at midnight ring in the New Year with a glass of champage, and of course what event would be complete without a good old boogie in the company of the Pete Rivers Band?
Find out more about the Brandon Hotel.
So just a few ideas there, which may convince you to come to “The Kingdom” during the festive season.
As always we have a good selection of Tralee hotels to choose from. All are Irish Tourist Board approved and you’ll receive instant confirmation when you book.
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