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King Johns Castle Enchanted a magical medieval Christmas December 3-20



Franc pictured with Emma and Sarah O Sullivan from Ballybeg, Ennis, Clare at King Johns Castle to Launch the Christmas event this year: Enchanted by Franc! Picture by Brian Arthur Photo.

King Johns Castle Enchanted a magical medieval Christmas


King Johns Castle Enchanted a magical medieval Christmas

Rhea Murphy age 6 from Castletroy pictured at King Johns Castle to Launch the Christmas event this year: Enchanted by Franc! Picture by Brian Arthur Photo

King John’s Castle has teamed up with the magic maker himself, Franc, to create an amazing Christmas experience for young and old at the beautiful 13th century castle.

In what is set to be one of the most sought after children and family experiences this Christmas, the acclaimed event planner is set to transform the ancient castle into an enchanted medieval Christmas village, and like every good Christmas fairy tale, Franc guarantees it will snow.

Enchanted by Franc is a new immersive two and a half hour Christmas experience to be enjoyed by all the family. The celebration will run from December 3rd to 20th. 

Visitors, of all ages, will journey back in time inside the castle walls. You will enter a bustling, snow sprinkled medieval village with characters cooking, singing and preparing for Christmas.

From King John himself to princesses and to the entire castle family, his knights, jesters, cooks, magicians and falconers will encourage you to eat, drink and be merry.

Guests can ramble through the village where many delights await – from story tellers, to bow and arrow making, to the royal chocolate mint, with monks cooking on open fires, the list is endless. There will be a selection of market stalls with all sorts of unique and wonderful options for Christmas shopping as well the opportunity to observe some ancient crafts.

Santa Claus himself will be there and he will tell the boys and girls how he needs their help this Christmas. All the children will receive a magical cuddly husky toy pup. The pup helps Santa pull his sleigh on Christmas night and returns to them on Christmas morning. This is not a traditional Santa experience, Santa will be interacting with the children in a new exciting way, with plenty of opportunities for photographs and selfies.

The fairy-tale scene is being created by event creator extraordinaire Franc and commenting on it he said, “I’ve worked on many projects over the years, many stunning locations but King John’s Castle is up there with the best of them. It’s got an ancient charm all of its own and sits proudly on one of Europe’s most beautiful rivers.

“It really is a majestic and inspirational location and has been one of the most enjoyable canvases for me to conceptualise a Christmas scene for. Children are at the heart of this creation, of course, and it really is going to be magic. People will just have to come and see for themselves.”

John Ruddle, CEO of Shannon Heritage, which operates King John’s Castle, said that the excitement is building ahead of the transformation of the castle. “We all know the wonderful and unique creative flair that Franc brings to everything he does. We are delighted to have him putting his magic touch on our festive celebrations to create a magical medieval Christmas experience for all the family.

“We know what Franc has in store for King John’s Castle and if the Christmas spirit isn’t already taking hold by December 3rd, it certainly will once we open the doors to Enchanted.”

People can book visit at here or here.

See more events in Limerick here.

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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