The light show at the Carlow Christmas Market
Despite the weather, families flocked to Carlow Christmas Market over the weekend held in and around Carlow Town Hall by event organiser Stuart Montgomery in partnership with Carlow County Council and its Local Enterprise Office.
Over 50 crafty stalls, a Christmas Classics cinema, a golden merry-go-round, food stalls, Mr and Mrs Claus and a fantastic illumination show as night fell were hosted for three days of festive family fun for all.
Visiting the event, Mayor of the Municipal District of Carlow, Cllr Ken Murnane said: "This is just a wonderful event and it’s great to see so many families out today.
"I would like to thank everybody involved in making this new event a reality including our event partner Stuart Montgomery our Local Enterprise Office in particular our Economic Development Officers Helen Ryan and Pierce Kavanagh and our area office under the leadership of Pat Harrington for working together to ensure this new event was a wonderful experience for all."
Organiser, Stuart Montgomery, speaking about the event said: "This was a very successful event and we are always delighted to see so many people turn out to experience a festive family experience.
"There were plenty of stalls for people to browse, including crafts and home baking and plenty of family friendly experiences including our nightly illuminations shows and Mr and Mrs Claus greeting the children of county Carlow."
Speaking about the Festive Family Experience County Programme, Kathleen Holohan, Chief Executive of Carlow County Council said: "Christmas 2018 has seen over 100 events hosted by Carlow County Council, community and business groups across the county since the switching on of the lights in Carlows County Town in late November."
She added: "Carlow County Council was delighted this year to work in partnership with a large number of stakeholders on a variety of programmes and events to support the festive period 2018 and I would like to thank everybody for working with us to showcase what a great place County Carlow is to live, work and visit.
"Early in 2019 we will review the activities of 2018 to put in place plans to build on the successes of 2018."
Carlow Live will have a full gallery of photos from the three day event later on and it will be posted in the Multimedia section of the website.