An opportunity to meet and mix and celebrate a special time of year in our Community. We have included various and changing elements and events over the years, for all ages, to ensure it continues to be popular and of interest:
Christmas Cake Icing Workshop – (with Master Baker
Bogdan Kasperach, O’Haras of Foxford);
Festive Food: Christmas Cooking with Kathleen –
Christmas Food Demonstration & Tasting (with our local,
award winning Housewife of the Year, Kathleen Canning);
Festive Florals: Christmas Wreath Making Workshop,
Hosted By Lorraine Cooling Reid, talented and gifted local
gardener and crafter;
Lantern making workshops facilitated by Mayo Artsquad, followed by a night-time walk through the Abbey grounds to switch on the Christmas Tree Lights at the Michael Davitt Museum and our Christmas Social.
In Memory Candle Workshops, facilitated by Mick Smyth, Community Artist, to remember a loved one. Willow boats with a candle and a personal message which were then released on the Straide River through the Village prior to our Christmas Social.
Christmas Gathering – Following a visit to Santa at the Michael Davitt Museum, the Community congregate for an evening of mulled wine, mince pies and plenty of good food & treats, together with musical entertainment by local musicians and dancers.
Family Movie Night – Home Alone. Movie, popcorn, treats, cushions……..what more could you want…. fun family movie night.
Christmas Jumper 5K Fun Run for all the Family.
Christmas Concert & Fundraiser. Held in St. Peter & Pauls Church. Sean Ruane in concert, together with the Ballina Chamber Choir & Kieran Roache. An enchanting evening of beautiful music and song with International Tenor, Sean Ruane (UK based artist with strong Straide connections).