Saturday 7 December 2019

Christmas is coming....

North Wicklow is getting in the festive mood as Christmas lights get switched on this weekend

Mary Fogarty

It's the most wonderful time of the year and locals are being urged to grab their Christmas jumpers and join in the festive celebrations that are scheduled to take place in Bray, Greystones and Shankill this weekend.


Christmas officially arrives in Bray this Saturday, November 23, with the Bray Town Centre's Christmas lights switch-on.

One lucky family will have the important role of pushing the button to officially turn on the Christmas lights and a competition is now open on to find that lucky family.

The event will be hosted by this year's Bray Chamber of Commerce Endeavour Civic award winner, Adam Burke, who is also well known for his energetic MC skills at 'Bingo Loco' and the Hardy Har Comedy.

Adam really wants the people of Bray to come and sing their hearts out to popular Christmas tunes and spread the Christmas spirit. Who knows, maybe if the town sings loud enough, it may even get the attention of the North pole and Santa might arrive to see what's happening!

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the civic plaza to enjoy the festive evening.

'Bray's Christmas lights switch-on is the perfect reason to gather your family, wrap up warm and snuggle together in the civic plaza as we officially start Christmas,' said Cllr Steven Matthews, Cathaoirleach of Bray Municipal District. 'Remember, for all your shopping needs, places to eat, drink and be merry, you can't afford to miss Christmas in Bray.'

The public is reminded that parking in council-owned car parks will be free on Saturdays and Sundays for the month of December.


It's that wonderful time of the year again as Greystones 2020, Greystones Municipal District and local businesses come together to light up Greystones and celebrate Santa's arrival.

This year's lighting-up event kicks off in Burnaby Park at 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 23. There will be an afternoon of fun, family entertainment with Paul Byrne as MC, music and songs by the Colaiste Chraobh Abhann School choir and performances from 'Greystones Players'.

The Holyhead Male Voice Choir will perform some festive songs in advance of their gala concert with the Newtownmountkennedy Male Voice Choir in Greystones Rugby Club later that night.

Local clergy will relate the true spirit of Christmas in a short ecumenical service and the lights will be switched on by the Cathaoirleach of Greystones Municipal District, Cllr Tom Fortune, and Grainne McLoughlin, Chairperson of Greystones 2020.

There will be over 1km of icicle lights throughout the town and two 30-foot-tall Christmas trees, each adorned with 3,000 lights, one at the train station and one at the Harbour Marina.

The word from the North Pole is that Santa will arrive at 5 p.m. to meet and greet all the children in a special vehicle courtesy of the town's twinning partners from Holyhead.


Christmas in Shankill Village will get started with a special celebration on Sunday, November 24, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Christmas in the Village is run annually by local Shankill businesses, in conjunction with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. An estimated 3,000 people are expected to attend this event which includes numerous stalls, reptile zoo, fun fair, face painting and plenty of entertainment.

Santa is due to arrive in the village at 1 p.m, when a special parade will take place. Children will be able to visit Santa from 1.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. at a cost of €5 per child. Tickets are available from

The festivities will include a mince pie and a cup of mulled wine to keep the chill away.

Bray People