Ballina’s Frosty Salmon Festival got into full swing over the weekend and in the lead up to Christmas it promises lots of entertainment and festive fun for all the family.
The festival has Mayo’s only Ice Rink –Moy on Ice – which opens from 4pm until 9pm most weekdays; and 12pm until 8pm at the weekend .
The Ballina ice rink is located in the Christmas Quarter (formerly known as Rabbette’s car park, off the Market Square).
Other free, family friendly events, include The Grinch Hunt on December 12th at 7pm and the Christmas Variety Show on December 18th at 8pm.
The Mistletoe market is a throwback to the town’s historic roots and will run on Saturday December 14th and 21st from 10am until 5pm and on Sunday December 15th and 22nd from 12pm until 5pm.
Santa Claus and his elves made an exciting entrance into Ballina on Saturday and he was joined by a swarm of local children.
Santa will be meeting children from Ballina and the surrounding area in his magical grotto until December 23rd and he will be making a dramatic exit by helicopter on Christmas Eve.
The Grinch Hunt
The Grinch has been spotted skulking around Ballina by local shopkeepers and traders recently and all agree that he must be caught and deported from the Town before he has a chance to ruin our Christmas.
A crack team of Grinch hunters have joined forces to capture the Grinch. They have requested the assistance of local children to help capture the Grinch because the team have figured out that he isn’t afraid of children and is attracted to red clothes.
The Grinch hunter team will meet outside the Moy on Ice rink at 7pm on Thursday December 12th. And remember….. wear something red.
Pictured above: Ballina Mayor Johnny O’Malley is joined by members of The Frosty Salmon Festival committee for the launch of the event. Photo: Corinne Beattie