Downtown Portlaoise light switch-

Meeting Santa at the turning on of the Downtown Portlaoise Christmas Lights on Main Street Portlaoise on Friday evening. Picture: Alf Harvey.
A special festive treat is in store this week for Portlaoise families with the switching on of the towns Christmas lights.

A special festive treat is in store this week for Portlaoise families with the switching on of the towns Christmas lights.

Santa Claus has taken some time out from his hectic schedule to help the Downtown Portlaoise traders group to turn on the street lights on Thursday, November 28 at 5pm in the Market Square, Portlaoise.

The lights will be turned on by Santa himself who will arrive on his carriage and he would be delighted if all the children helped him turn them on.

Downtown Portlaoise would like to thank the Portlaoise Town Council for their very generous contribution to the purchase of three new light features for Portlaoise which will enhance the town for Christmas.

These features will be enjoyed by the people of Portlaoise and beyond for many years to come. The Downtown traders are also very thankful to the people of Portlaoise gave very generously towards their Christmas lights on the flag day which shows the pride Portlaoise people have in their community.

Ger Mulhall is chairman of the Downtown Group. He encouraged local people to shop local.

“All your Christmas needs are available in Portlaoise, we would urge the people of Portlaoise to come shop with the whole town and help Portlaoise become the most successful town in the midlands,” he said.

He said Downtown is also facilitating the painting of unoccupied shop windows. This involves working closely with the landlord to allow festive painting to be produced on their shop windows.

Overall he said Downtown Portlaoise are working with Laois County Council, Laois Chamber and common interest groups to establish a Business Incentive Scheme that will hopefully bring a vibrancy back to the Portlaoise Town Centre.

He encouraged everybody to come along for the light switch on.

“All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there, don’t forget, Thursday, November 28 at 5pm on Portlaoise’s Market Square,” said Mr Mulhall.