The countdown has began for Christmas, and the Frosty Salmon Festival Ballina 2017 takes place from December 3rd to 24th in the town. Incorporating the entire business community of Ballina and featuring a range of events and activities, Ballina Chamber, Jackie Clarke Collection, Mayo County Council, Kilmoremoy Ladies GAA club, Ballina Boy Scouts and Ballina Girl Guides and Mayo North Promotions office are all busy putting the final touches to a fabulous programme of events. You will find a preview of events below – more detail is to follow! Watch this space.
The Jackie Clarke Collection is hosting their annual Christmas letter to Santa competition. The aim of this competition is to encourage young children to practice the sometimes forgotten tradition of handwriting their own Christmas letter to Santa. Just drop your letters into the big post box in the Jackie Clarke Collection! Closing date: Friday 1st of December 2017 at 4pm.
The winners will have the opportunity to take part in an exclusive sleigh ride with Santa in Ballina and will receive a wonderful gift set from Toymaster, Ballina.
Kicking off the Christmas period in Ballina will be Santa’s arrival party on Sunday December 3rd in the Jackie Clarke Collection from 2pm-5pm.
Mrs Claus will be in attendance, reading Christmas stories and there will be a wonderful seasonal atmosphere with dance performances to Christmas songs and carols from the Moffatt School of Dance throughout the afternoon, as well as music from the Collection’s resident ‘Launch DJ’. There will be arts, crafts, face-painting and festive games with Ballina Girl Guides and some tasty treats available too.
Then when the party is in full swing, the main man himself will arrive to meet the children and parade through Ballina to his Grotto in the Military Barracks where he will be taking up residence over the festive period in Ballina.
On this day also, for children, young and old, there will be a Christmas Treasure Hunt of Ballina, sponsored by Dillons Bar & Restaurant – sure to be lots of fun!
Ballina’s Santa Polar Express Train returns with THREE dates this year – 2nd, 9th and 16th December! This is a really special train trip with Santa, departing at 11:20am on each date. The specially decorated train will travel to Manulla Junction and back, and Santa will be on hand to meet children of all ages! Each child will also receive a small gift.
Tickets priced at €12.50 per person will go on sale at Ballina Train Station on Saturday 25th November at 2:30pm and if previous years are anything to go by, these are sure to sell out quickly.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Max two adults per child please.
A European-style Mistletoe Market will take place on Saturday, 9th December under the canopy in the Military Quarter, turning Ballina’s town centre into a festive fare of decorated stalls and lights, local traditional crafts and artisan foods.
The market will provide a feast for the senses as we count down to the Christmas holidays, and is a fundraising event for the Fifth Mayo Scouting Unit.
Stalls are free, but a donation is requested. For queries about taking a stall please email email@example.com or call 096 72800
Other dates: Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th, Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th December (2-6pm each day)
Bring the little ones to visit Santa in his wonderfully decorated grotto in the Military Barracks. Hand him your letters and find out about Rudolph’s favourite treats!
And there’s a small present for every child admitted.
Admission: €5 per child.
Shopping local is so important, particularly at Christmas. This year, why not give the gift of a job this Christmas with a present of Ballina Chamber shopping vouchers? The popular voucher scheme has made a return this year, and is an ideal way to shop for people who want to keep business local but also have choice and variety of product within the voucher system.
Vouchers can be used to buy a range of local goods and services from a huge variety of participating members. Vouchers are available in denominations of €10, €25 and €50 and available in the Chamber Office, 096 72800. Full list of participating retailers at www.ballina.ie
Ballina Municipal Council will once again offer free parking from 2-6pm from 1st – 24th December in each of the town council car parks.