Clonmany Tidy Town Committee have come up with a bold idea which is set to both brighten up the village and be friendly to the environment this Christmas.
The Clonmany Christmas Lights Switch-On event will be on Sunday 4th December at 5pm and it will be the first time that the Christmas Forest will be lit up and on display.
The Clonmany Christmas Forest is a new project that will be displayed at St. Mary’s Hall using natural surroundings in an environmentally friendly way, the committee looked to recycle unwanted items and create something festive.
By repurposing old wooden pallets, cutting them into tree shapes and decorating them into Christmas trees, a beautiful Christmas Forest was created by the local schools.
Each school were given multiple trees for the children to decorate in any design, and the committee have been blown away by the creativity of the children, and the variety of styles that the trees have been decorated in.
A spokesperson for the committee said: “The last few years have been tough for families, and we want to give the community something to enjoy and bring a bit of sparkle to the area.
“Connecting with the community is at the heart of all our projects at the Clonmany Tidy Towns, and so we reached out to all the local schools and preschools to ask them to help us create the Christmas Forest.
“In addition to the Clonmany Christmas Forest, we have been coordinating work on the Clonmany Christmas tree and Christmas lights for the village. We are very grateful to have received support from the Clonmany Festival Committee, and we are excited for everyone to see the finished results.
“We have been preparing for the Christmas season for the last few months, and we are so grateful to have incredible volunteers and committee members who have selflessly given up their free time to work on the Christmas lights and decorations and have even provided machinery and refreshments to get the work completed.
“There is a fantastic community spirit in Clonmany, and the festive season has really brought out the generosity in people. They have worked through the wind and rain to get everything organised for our Christmas celebrations, and we want to say a big thank you to everyone involved.
“We will also have the village Christmas lights lit up, carol singing by the children from all the local schools, and a special visit from Santa to switch-on the Christmas tree lights. We invite everyone to come and enjoy the festivities, with hot drinks available, and treats for the children.”