Some­thing for every­one

Bray People - - Schoolsreport -

FROM a nice bot­tle of wine, to a lux­u­ri­ous win­ter coat, or even a new car for that spe­cial some­one, the north of the county is rich with fine re­tail­ers who can guar­an­tee qual­ity, style and a friendly ap­proach.

From New­town and New­cas­tle, to Grey­stones and the rest of North Wick­low, there are hid­den treats around ev­ery cor­ner, just a short dis­tance from home and without fear of bat­tling with the hec­tic pace of the city.

En­niskerry, Grey­stones, and other towns and vil­lages in the area have made an ex­tra spe­cial ef­fort at Christ­mas cheer this year, with fan­tas­tic fes­tive lights dis­plays and a taste of the nos­tal­gia of days gone by. Santa him­self is even on hand at Grey­stones The­atre ev­ery day un­til Christ­mas to have a chat with the kids’ be­fore the big day rolls around.

We all like to look our best for the sea­son of good­will, and there are a num­ber of lo­cal beauty sa­lons and hair­dressers who will add that per­sonal touch to your pre-Christ­mas pam­per­ing.

There is also noth­ing bet­ter at this chilly time of year than to re­lax af­ter a busy day of shop­ping with a hot meal or a cup of hot chocolate, in one of the warm, invit­ing cof­fee shops and restau­rants in the area.

There are some won­der­ful eater­ies in Avoca Handweavers, Pow­er­scourt Gar­dens, Fish­ers of Newtownmountkennedy, Grey­stones and Del­gany, all of which lend them­selves to a rest and a warm, cosy chat as the sun goes down.

Those of us who, year af­ter year and with the best of in­ten­tions, leave ev­ery scrap of shop­ping to the last minute, can en­joy the com­fort of know­ing that, on our very doorstep, is a win­ter won­der­land of fan­tas­tic ser­vice, fes­tive cheer and the peace of mind that comes with sup­port­ing lo­cal busi­ness.

Pat, Ka­rina, Ed­die, Mau­reen and Lisa Johns at Pow­er­scourt for Santa’s ar­rival.

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