Lights on for an evening to remember in Taghmon
The turning on of the Christmas lights in Taghmon this year was so good, such a spectacular event, that some of the locals admitted they could scarcely remember anything like it in the history of the village.
Organised by the Village Square Committee, the day began at 5 p.m. when the children, of which there were almost 200, were kitted out in elves' hats and make-up in anticipation of the main man's arrival.
Minutes later Santa duly arrived, with Mrs Claus in tow along with a hand-made donkey courtesy of the local Men's Shed. Adding to the excitement were the Castle Vintage Club who proceeded down the Main St, their tractors all lit up for Christmas.
And, according to Flor Hayden, who is the member of the committee, it was a sight to behold.
'Looking out over the whole thing, it reminded me of our Mardi Gras. I was talking to a couple of older ladies who were there and they said they'd never seen anything like it in Taghmon. That says a lot, I think.'
After Santa had done the honours by turning on the lights, Fr Robert McGuire gave his blessing of the Remembrance Tree which was bedecked in bows commemorating loved ones no longer here.
Then the kids finally got to meet the bearded one, informing him precisely what they expected to wake up to on December 25 and receiving a small gift for their efforts.
This isn't the end of the festive celebrations in Taghmon, as a Nativity Play and Concert will take place in the Church on December 23.