Switching on the Christmas Tree lights schedule
Saturday, 28th November 2015
3:45 pm – the entrance lane to the Main Street car park behind the bandstand will be closed, cars will still be able to leave.
4 pm – people will start to arrive and the Choirs and Musicians will assemble together in the entrance lane. They will entertain everyone with some Christmas songs while waiting for Santa.
4:20 pm – Santa is due to arrive and will greet all the boys & girls, big and small, while more Christmas songs are played and sung.
4:40 pm – the winner of the Junior Art Competition will be drawn and brought up to switch on the Christmas Tree Lights.
Just before the switching on of the lights, we will aim for the 1000 voices of Arklow singing the 4 hymns together acappella. The 4 hymns are The First Noel, Joy To The World, Silent Night, Hark The Herald Angels Sing.
5 pm – the lucky winner will switch on the Christmas Tree Lights which will signal the fireworks to start.
Afterwards more music and singing from the groups and choir and then it’s over and Christmas season has begun.
All are welcome to join us, if you are a group/musician or choir and want to take part, let us know so we make sure you are included in our plans and can get a shout out from the MC.
St. Colmcille’s Pipe Band will perform again this year
St. Colmcille’s Pipe Band, Arklow, will hold their annual collection again this year on Christmas Eve. The collection has become a bit of a tradition in the town at this stage having taken place on the same date now for over 25 years.
The band members will perform at Tesco at 2pm before making their way to Pettits on the Wexford Road where they will meet Santa and his crew at 3pm and then parade with Santa along Wexford Road, Main Street and finish on Lower Main Street.
As usual transport for Santa on the day will be provided by Brendan Brady. During the evening members of the band will perform in all of the local pubs and make their collection as they proceed.
This is the only public collection that the band makes during the year and is a vital fundraiser for keeping the band going throughout the following year. The people of Arklow and surrounding areas have always been very generous towards this collection for the band and band members would like to extend their sincere thanks to all for their continued support.
St Mary’s College Christmas Fayre
St Mary’s College is once again proud to hold its Christmas Fair in their school concert hall on Sunday 6 December. Doors open at 11 a.m. Please buy some raffle tickets. Expect delicious cakes and bakes, crafts, a raffle, our school orchestra, books, CDs and audio, our Parents’ Council café and so much more. This year’s fair is in aid of local charities and the Nandri Indian Children’s project which our teacher Ms D. Buckley has been working with. Please spread the word.
Buskers wanted for Arklow Christmas Festival
Live entertainment throughout Main Street will start on the first weekend of December, Saturday 5th. If you have a group and would like to perform for the Arklow Christmas Festival, register your interest here. THERE ARE STILL PLACES AVAILABLE!
Santa’s Workshop in The Arklow Bay Hotel
Santa is coming. Starting Saturday 5th December from 1pm – 7pm. €7.50 per child includes story time with Santa’s elves, visit with Santa and a present followed by yummy hot chocolate. No booking necessary.
Opening dates are:
Sat 5th 1pm – 7pm
Sun 6th 1pm – 7pm
Fri 11th 3pm – 7pm
Sat 12th 1pm – 7pm
Sun 13th 1pm – 7pm
Fri 18th 3pm – 7pm
Sat 19th 1pm – 7pm
Sun 20th 1pm – 7pm
Mon 21st 1pm – 7pm
Tues 22nd 1pm – 7pm
Wed 23rd 1pm – 7pm
Thurs 24th 1pm – 3pm
Cruinniú – Carols by Candlelight
This year Cruinniú is hosting their concert ‘Carols by Candlelight’ in aid of Arklow Community Action Resource Centre. To concentrate on the needs of those people in the community who feel isolated, and vulnerable and in need of a space to go where nobody would judge them, the Centre moved to their centre at Crosscare almost four years ago with no funding and they are still going. Arklow Community Action Resource Centre would like to thank all the generous community and also Emer and all at Cruinniú. They will be there on the evening with bells on, and hope the whole community will support it.
Fabulous Christmas album from theWilloughby Brothers
The Willoughby Brothers are delighted to let you all know that their Christmas album is now available to pre-order from their website. The Willoughby Brothers hope that they have captured some of the magic of Christmas with their selection of songs, and that you will make the album part of your Christmas Celebration this year. They are also very happy to announce their Christmas show at the Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey on Sunday 20th December @ 8pm. If you’d like to be in with a chance to win 2 tickets please like and share. Tickets go on sale from hotel reception and from their website.
Note: All Cd’s pre-ordered from our website will be dispatched on the 1st December.