ON SUNDAY, December 9, the historic surroundings of Duckett's Grove House and Estate will be transformed into Carlow's own Winter Wonderland when it hosts magical grotto of traditional Christmas activities featuring a large craft and food market featuring over 70 stands and musical entertainment awaits all visitors in the courtyard area adjacent to the main house.
Featuring ceramics and knitwear, hand crafted enamels, art, jewellery, embroidery, Christmas cards and decorations, this fair is guaranteed to appeal to anybody seeking a special gift or those who just want to browse and soak in the Christmas atmosphere.
On the food front visitors will be adequately catered for with an extensive range of Christmas breads, cakes, puddings, mince pies, seasonal fruit tarts, jams, chutneys, apple juice, hampers and fresh organic meats. Not to forget - mistletoe and Christmas plants and wreaths, all produced locally will also be in supply.
For the kiddies, Santa Claus is coming to Town.
There will be a Santa Grotto with a free present for every child, free children's face painting, live nativity scene, Christmas stories and performances by Carlow-based musical and entertainment groups.
At 2 and 4 p.m. storytelling workshops by renowned children's author Dave Donohue will take place in the courtyard. As a special treat, all these activities are free to attendees.
For more information visit www.carlowtourism.com www.duckettsgrove.eu T: 059-9130411 Admission is €5 per car with free car parking. 12 noon - 5 p.m.