THE countdown to Christmas got under way in earnest this afternoon as Limerick’s festive lights were officially turned on.
More than 6,000 people packed into Bedford Row to witness a spectacular ceremony featuring elves flying in, silver-clad stilt-artists, and a letter from the Giant Granny, who visited the city back in September.
A giant card came from the Royal De Luxe creation, who, we were told is with Santa Claus at the North Pole.
It was delivered by actor Louis Lovett, who acted as translator for the French marionette on her visit to Limerick.
A number of vacant shop units are to be transformed over the Christmas season. There will be an ‘elf factory’, a ‘carol-oke shop’, while Limerick will enjoy a direct link with the North Pole, thanks to a special post office being set up at the former Ferguson’s pharmacy.
The granny also delivered a star which was placed on top of the tree, signalling the moment Limerick was lit up for Christmas.
For full reaction, and pictures from today’s events, see the Monday edition of the Limerick Leader.