Fantastic Events Planned For Christmas Spraoi In Tralee

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Santa is joined by Mollie Casey and Róisín Sheehy, President of Tralee Chamber Alliance John Drummey, Mayor of Tralee Terry O’Brien and Kieran Donaghy to launch this year’s Christmas Spraoi in Tralee. Photo by Dermot Crean

OFFICE Chair Racing, free parking, food markets, fun runs and much more are included in the exciting Christmas Spraoi in Tralee which runs from November 26th to New Year’s Eve.

To kick things off, Kieran Donaghy will join the Mayor of Tralee, Cllr Terry O’Brien to switch on the Christmas Lights in Tralee in The Square from 4.30pm on this Saturday.

The town will be lit-up in full colour following two other family-fun events in the town centre on the same day – the Annual CH Christmas Santa Parade on the Mall at 2pm, organised by the team at CH Chemist and a dedication event to Christie Hennessy at 4pm at his statue near The Square, organised by Kerry County Council.

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The Christmas Spraoi in Tralee will feature 36 days of free parking, shopping, dining and independently organised events including panto, fireworks displays, entertainment, markets, and party nights.

The President of Tralee Chamber Alliance, John Drummey, said: “Our message is clear – support local businesses when spending money on gifts or entertainment this Christmas. There isn’t a retailer, hotelier, restaurateur, publican, or attraction provider in Tralee who won’t go the extra mile to ensure that the Christmas experience for locals and visitors is the most memorable ever. The business community in Tralee, from the town centre to Manor West Retail Park, will push the boat (or sleigh) out to meet the needs of shoppers and party-goers throughout the festive season. Tralee is the perfect destination for shopping trips offering a range of major brands, individual family owned stores, with free parking and hundreds of dining options.”

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Tralee Chamber Alliance particularly welcomes the recent decision by councillors in Tralee Municipal District to offer free on-street parking and in council carparks from 1pm daily between 5th December and 7th January.

The Mayor of Tralee, Cllr Terry O’Brien, said: “We realise that this is a crucial time of year for retailers while the provision of free parking offers shoppers another great reason to spend money in Tralee. Kerry County Council and Tralee Chamber Alliance are asking motorists to park responsibly in town. Please consider the consequences of abandoning a car on double-yellow lines or in a junction box to run a small errand. It simply causes traffic jams, costs retailers money and above all, it’s dangerous.”

Some highlights from the Christmas Spraoi in Tralee throughout December will include the Santa 5k Fun Run from the Aqua Dome on 11th December, Office Chair Racing in aid of St Vincent de Paul outside Siamsa Tíre Theatre on 23rd December and the Fireworks and Countdown Clock events on Denny Street at 7pm and midnight respectively on New Year’s Eve. The Square will play host to a Christmas Food Market from 11.30am to 5pm daily on 21st, 22nd and 23rd December.

The Christmas Spraoi in Tralee Calendar will be delivered to every home in Tralee, Listowel and Castleisland and it is currently available in many shops, hotels and restaurants in Tralee.

“We wish to thank our members who have contributed prizes for the daily competition giveaway on Radio Kerry from 26th November to New Year’s Eve, and Kerry County Council supporting local businesses through the provision of free parking and the stunning Christmas lights,” said John Drummey.

Full details of the Christmas Spraoi in Tralee are available from and Facebook and for more information, please contact Tralee Chamber Alliance on 066 7121472 or

One Comment

  1. John o loughlin says:

    Travelled down from Dublin for New Years Eve in Tralee for the last 2 years. Great show and kids loved it. Only comment is that it all ended very quickly when the fireworks were over. It would have been nice if there was something to do afterwards. A lot of young families were wandering about aimlessly looking for something to do. Even stalls to grab a crep or mulled wine would have been great. Looking forward to coming down this year again.