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Community group celebrating ‘first ever’ Christmas in Co Armagh village

Festivities kick off at 7.30pm on Monday

A community group are putting together a number of events to celebrate their “first ever” Christmas in Darkley.

Darkley Rural Community Group will be kicking off festivities on Monday evening (December 18) at 7.30pm with a Santa Dash

Residents will don anything from a simple Santa hat to a full Santa suit, before running a lap of the village.

Santa is expected to arrive around 8pm, where it is hoped that his first engagement will be to officially turn on the lights on the Christmas tree.

Darkley Primary School pupil will sing some well-known carols before proceeding to the school where prizes will be presented to the winners of the annual Darkley Photographic Competition, with an exhibition of many of the entries in Darkley Primary School hall.

There will be refreshments provided while you view some wonderful images from the local area.

Members of Darkley Rural Community Group and staff of of the school will then help the young children write their letters to Santa, craft some masterpieces for Christmas and make up some magical reindeer food for Christmas Eve night.

A band of elves will then take families down to visit Santa in his sensory grotto, where all children will receive a gift.

And in the true spirit of Christmas, it is all free!

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