Christmas cheer in Kinsale

Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Kinsale residents, please light up your Christmas decorations by 4 p.m. on Friday Dec. 6 for judging, and make sure they’re lit the next night too, for Christmas in Kinsale.

 A new species?  No, Bill Carden has put some reindeer horns on the heads of his miniature horses for the parade during Christmas in Kinsale 2012.


A new species? No, Bill Carden has put some reindeer horns on the heads of his miniature horses for the parade during Christmas in Kinsale 2012.

On Dec. 7, the holiday spirit of generosity and remembrance will fill Kinsale with warmth and love as it does each year.  The focus is on community and on raising money to help our less fortunate neighbors during this very special season.

Three gift shops in town open at 10 a.m. (Kinsale Museum, Gray Barn Antiques, and Up the Creek).

Everything else starts at noon unless otherwise noted. Enjoy a holiday arts and crafts bazaar in the park, delicious oysters and other savory food, wine tasting, hot chocolate and cider.  Live music will be provided by Black Coffee and Heavy Cream, as well as the 11-21 Club.

Yes, of course Santa is coming! He’ll be behind the Gray Barn this year. There are games, stories, crafts and more for the kids in that area and also beside the post office, led by Cople Problem solvers on the theme “No bullying here, just Christmas cheer!”  Kids will also march in the parade.  Did we mention there’s a parade?

There will be free horse and carriage rides, a gold buyer,  cookies for sale in the old Ice Cream Parlor and the memorial tree lighting. What more could you want!

There is no rain date.  In case of rain or sleet, much of the scaled-down event (including food, music, vendors) will move inside the firehouse. Santa will still be at Gray Barn. Cookies at ICP. Auction inside Museum. Firemen will decide weather-related move on Friday or at crack of dawn Saturday.

Crafters and exhibitors are cordially invited. Outside spaces only, noon-5 in the park by the gazebo.  We are not doing this year’s bazaar inside the firehouse for several reasons – including too few firemen with too many other job and training demands, and the possible need to squash other things from the event inside in case of bad weather.  So, on the day of the event, see if you are comfortable with bringing your tent, table and chair and setting up in the park.  We also gratefully accept items for the fund-raiser silent auction – proceeds go to benefit needy kids.  More info or to pre-register (tentatively at least): Betty Bailey: 472-2353.

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