Last Christmas, for the first time ever, the local community went all out to light up the main street of Littleton village.
On a stormy, windswept night many residents gathered outside the local Muintir na Tíre Hall to cheer on Pat Bowe and Willie O'Dwyer as they jointly switched on the impressive light show. Such was the positive reaction from the parish and beyond that the switching on of the lights ceremony will be repeated again this Christmas.
However, in a determined bid to enhance the project, the Lights Committee has purchased extra lights to bring festive cheer to the main street and to the village area around McDonagh Terrace, St. Brigid's Terrace and surrounding areas.
In recent days a great crew of volunteers have spent many hours erecting these decorative lights. This work will culminate in a weekend of activity commencing with the official switching on of the Christmas lights on Saturday next, 3rd December at 8 p.m., by newly elected county councillor Seán Ryan, a native of Littleton village.
This is a family event with beautiful carol singing being provided by the pupils of Littleton National School. After the event, there will be music and a raffle in Darmody's Bar, Littleton.
On Sunday, December 4th, there will be a jam packed afternoon of entertainment and activity in the Moycarkey-Borris Community & Sports Centre. Starting at 12 p.m., the Centre will host a Christmas Market with numerous stalls on view displaying their wares. You will get lots of ideas for Christmas gifts with stalls displaying jewellery, home baking, ceramics, needlework, decorative glassware, wood turning, toys - new and second-hand, cosmetics, organic produce, clothing, drapery, arts and crafts etc.
A children's choir from Littleton National School will enhance the ambience of the occasion by singing their repertoire of Christmas carols. Funds raised on the day will go to the school.
Light refreshments will be available for those wishing to sit and listen, with teas and coffees on hand. There will be ample car parking facilities at the Centre on the day so everyone is encouraged to come along and support this very worthwhile event. This weekend of activity has been a local initiative with great credit and thanks to all involved for their support and work.