Arklow Christmas Festival

Timetable of Events for Saturday 26th

arklow-christmas-festival2    16:00pm- 19:00pm
Punch and Judy Show 4-5
Winner of Art Competition 5-515
Inver Ladies Choir 515-545
Switching on of lights 545
Fireworks Display  & Mini Funfair


christmas-1The Festival Committee has been working together since May to make the 2016 Festival bigger and better.  They have something planned for every weekend until 17th December.  Christmas lights will be switched on 26th November followed by a mini funfair in the carpark and a fireworks display.  Saturday 3rd December sees the arrival of Santa and a performance by the Arklow Pipe Band.  The Christmas Craft Fair and Food Market will be held on 11th December.

Visit Arklow Christmas Festival facebook for full information on all events planned.

This year sees the introduction of a GOLDEN TICKET DRAW – the prize value of this draw is over €1,000.  The draw for this will take place on Saturday 17th December.

There will be free parking in Council owned car parks from Friday 2nd December 2016 up to Monday 2nd January 2017 inclusive.   Free parking on the street will be restricted to two hours from Friday 2nd December 2016 up to Monday 2nd January 2017 inclusive.



Arklow nominated for a Pride of Place Award!

Follow the live stream tomorrow evening when Arklow will be competing for the large town Pride of Place Award in Belfast at 7pm.  –

Arklow Chamber and AMD joined many volunteers in presenting the town to the judges on 30th June last.

Well done to everyone who met with the panel and prepared the itinerary with us – let’s hope for the best!



Best Christmas Window Display Competitionchristmas-window

This competition is open to all businesses in the town from Templerainey to the Wexford Road, so whether you are a shop, hotel, hairdressers, restaurant, office or a café,  if you decorate your window for Christmas you are in the competition and have an opportunity to win 1st, 2nd or 3rd place.

The windows will be independently judged and the winners announced on Saturday 17th December 2016. 

Dressing windows for Christmas really helps to create a wonderful atmosphere in the town.





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The Local Enterprise Office Wicklow (LEO Wicklow) are running an ‘Accessing Finance for Your Small/Medium Business’ half-day Workshop on Tuesday 29th November.  If you haven’t yet attended one of these Workshops you are strongly encouraged to do so.  The cost is only €10 (includes tea/coffee & pastry).  The Workshop runs from 9.30am – 1.30pm in the beautiful Wicklow County Campus, Rathnew, Co Wicklow.

The November Workshop is being delivered by Niall Glynn, business consultant, loan application specialist and expert on the MicrofinanceIreland (MFI) loan scheme.  Even if you do not intend to make a funding application (loan, grant or private investment) soon, you will benefit hugely from the clarity of seeing how to structure your business plan for investment.

For full details and the Workshop Outline go to this link where you can also BOOK & PAY:

This Workshop is fantastic value and the best thing you can do for your business before 2016 draws to a close!

We hope to see you on Tuesday 29th November!  The LEO Wicklow Team



Carysfort NS, Arklow
Saturday 6th December, 2014 from 11am to 4pm



The Annual Christmas Craft Fair at Carysfort N.S, Arklow is to be held on Saturday, 6th December from 11am to 4pm. The event has over 40 local stall holders. The Christmas Craft Fair has been running for a number of years with growing attendance each year.

The Christmas fair is unique in that it promotes local cottage industries ranging from crafts, artisan products, seasonal giftware, toys, fashion, home décor, beauty products and jewelry as well as many more exciting giftware ideas to suit every pocket.

There will also be a coffee shop with homebaking, cakes and sandwiches. For the younger visitors there will be pottery making, face painting and if they have been really good this year they can visit Santa at his grotto.

Be sure not to miss the Carol singers and spicy apple drinks to get you into the festive spirit.

This is a great opportunity for people to see firsthand the fabulous local produce available to the area. A one stop destination for unique Christmas presents, ambience and even the chance to purchase your Christmas trees and wreaths.

The fair will be held in Carysfort NS, Knockenrahan, Wexford Rd., southside of Arklow (at the roundabout after passing Lidl on your right and Tesco on the left). FREE ENTRY. Like us on Facebook for updates and more information about the Craft Fair.