SHOW WILL GO ON: There will be no Christmas in Killarney parades this year but there will be plenty of light to be cheerful about. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan


A whopping €25,000 will be invested in additional street lighting features which will help ensure that Killarney will enhance its reputation as Ireland’s greatest – and brightest – Christmas town.

While traditional events like the annual parades cannot go ahead, static floats will be placed in strategic locations across the town adding to the new street lighting.

All of this is thanks to the combined efforts of Killarney Municipal District Council, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce and the Christmas in Killarney Committee.

The spectacular Tree of Light on the grounds of St Mary’s Cathedral will again form the magnificent focal point for the Christmas celebrations.

Close on 3,000 bulbs will sparkle to life on the 30-metre Californian Redwood which is one of the most famous and photographed landmarks in the country.

Santa’s Sleigh and Santa’s Postbox will be positioned on Main Street and children and the young at heart are invited to write their letters and pop them in the box while giant Christmas decorations will also be positioned in several areas throughout the town.

Announcing details of the Christmas in Killarney celebrations, Mayor of Killarney, Cllr Brendan Cronin, said he is delighted that everybody is working hard to retain Killarney’s deserved reputation as the best and most exciting Christmas town in the country.

“It will be different this year and we know that, but we must adapt. It is so important that Killarney has a festive feel and a festive look for Christmas 2020,” he said.
“People can take full advantage of our great natural surroundings and enjoy the season of goodwill in the best place on earth to spend some time at Christmas,” he said.
“Christmas will be different this year but the opportunity is there, as always, to spend time with family, friends and loved ones,” added Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce President, Paul Sherry.