IT'S THAT time of year again and now that December has arrived the town of Arklow is well advanced into its Christmas preparations.
The town centre is brimming with Christmas spirit and is festively decorated with twinkling lights from one end to the other.
Shopping local is what it's all about this festive season and all your local retailers have pledged to provide that personal, professional and one to one service that makes Christmas shopping a joy rather than a chore.
A walk along the Main Street whether you have a list of gifts to tick off or simply want to enjoy a tasty festive lunch or coffee will have you in the spirit of the season in no time.
All the retailers have pulled together to ensure that the town is a great place to shop and that local jobs are supported.
Gift wrapping and ordering services are guaranteed to reduce stress and now is the time to be placing orders to make sure they are delivered in time for the big day.
Shopping in your home town has plenty of benefits and this year free parking is another welcome fixture in the town centre.
Motorists will be able to park in designated parking areas free of charge from December 10-January 1 inclusive which certainly will help during those hectic shopping days.
When you have finished in the town centre where better to continue your shopping but Bridgewater Centre.
The local shopping mall is brimming with Christmas cheer and Santa is ready and waiting for visits from all the young Arklow boys and girls.
Top customer service is no less abundant at the centre and the array of shops compliment the town centre to ensure that Arklow town has something for every taste and budget.