HO HO HO - Maurice Walsh, interviewing Santa at last Saturday evening's switching on of the Christmas lights in Mitchelstown. (Picture: John Ahern)

There was a very ‘normal’ feel to last Saturday evening’s official switch on of the Christmas lights in Mitchelstown.

MC, Maurice Walsh, who is incapable of being naughty, was in cracking form as he warmed up the crowd in advance of Santa’s much anticipated arrival.

Emerging from the second row of the crowd and beating his way through a scrum of assembled media, Santa got a rapturous ovation from an upbeat and good humoured crowd.

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