Arklow Christmas Festival 2018

Preparations for the 2018 Christmas Festival are well underway by the Committee.  The aim of the festival is to increase footfall, create a Christmas atmosphere, and to give the retailers from the Wexford Road to Lower Main Street, Ferrybank and Bridgewater an additional boost during the pre -Christmas period.

Events will be held on Saturday 24th November and Saturday 8th December and will include the switching on of the Christmas tree lights, fireworks display, Punch & Judy Show, arrival of Santa, Pipe Band recital, Christmas jumper competition, best business window display, Christmas park market, children’s art competition and many more….. There will also be free parking in the town during the period 1st December up to and including 1st January 2019.

The GOLDEN TICKET DRAW will return again this year and retailers/businesses are invited to participate whereby the winner from each shop/business will be entered into a draw with a prize value of over €2,000 kindly sponsored by local businesses.

Should you have any queries please contact Deirdre Bentley at or myself at  or any member of the Christmas Festival Committee.

Free Parking for Christmas

Free parking will be provided in Arklow town for the Christmas period – running until Tuesday 1st January 2019.  This Arklow Municipal District initiative will apply to all areas with the exception of Main Street, Lower Main Street, Upper Main Street and the Wexford Road.  Pay and display parking will remain as normal in these areas.




Arklow Library

Family Storytime and Arts and Crafts at Arklow Library takes place every Saturday at the new time of 11.30 a.m.  All are welcome and admission is free.




Visual Arts Gallery

The Arklow Visual Arts will host its Christmas members Art exhibition which opens on Tuesday 4th December from 7-9p.m.

Over 30 artists will be exhibiting their work in paintings and crafts in driftwood and a few surprises are in store.  All items are for sale just in time for Christmas and you will be supporting your community.  All are welcome to visit we will remain open from Tuesday 4th December until Friday 21st.  Opening times are Monday to Thursday 9-5pm and Friday 9-4pm.  For enquiries contact 089 4248376 or



Craft Fair

The Arklow Craft Fair takes place in the Bridgewater Shopping Centre from midday to 6p.m. on the first Sunday of every month.  Stalls will display an array of arts, crafts and giftware all of which have been created by local crafts people and artists.