Ark­low is open for busi­ness

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - CHRISTMAS FOCUS ARKLOW -

THE Christ­mas lights have been switched on and Ark­low is open for busi­ness.

Lo­cal traders have pulled out all the stops to en­sure their premises are ready for the fes­tive sea­son and the town is look­ing won­der­ful.

A stroll around the town cen­tre fol­lowed by a visit across the bridge to the Bridge­wa­ter Cen­tre will en­sure that you are left full of in­spi­ra­tion.

Tick­ing off your Christ­mas shop­ping list has never been so easy and with free park­ing in the town in lo­cal author­ity car parks un­til Jan­uary, it’s time to get started.

Ark­low is known for its ar­ray of di­verse re­tails out­lets, many of which are run by lo­cal traders.

Shop­ping lo­cal sus­tains jobs and sup­ports the lo­cal econ­omy so how’s that for a great in­cen­tive to spend your money lo­cally.

There are many other ben­e­fits to shop­ping close to home such as if re­turns or ex­changes are needed, be­ing able to do them with ease.

Lots of Ark­low stores of­fer ser­vices like a de­posit sys­tem, or­der­ing in and gift wrap­ping which all help to make the process of shop­ping for the sea­son that lit­tle bit eas­ier.

Ark­low is unique in that it has a core town cen­tre full of cloth­ing and re­tail stores, cafés, phar­ma­cies which are all well stocked for the rush, as well as the Bridge­wa­ter Cen­tre of­fer­ing well-known chain stores and brands.

Dur­ing a time when there is much dis­cus­sion about pre­serv­ing small towns and vil­lages, the only real way for the or­di­nary cit­i­zen to play their part is to spend their money lo­cally.

Christ­mas is a won­der­ful time, and it’s great to get a bargain or a much sought af­ter item, while sup­port­ing lo­cal busi­ness at the same time.

Crafts and de­li­cious food items will be on sale at the Ark­low Christ­mas Fes­ti­val Mar­ket which takes place on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8 at the Main Street park.

There will also be a busk­ing com­pe­ti­tion and live mu­sic to add to the oc­ca­sion. It will be brim­ming with fes­tive cheer so make sure not to miss out.

If you shop lo­cal this year, then you could be in with a chance to win a prize in the €5000 Golden Ticket Draw. Each par­tic­i­pat­ing lo­cal out­let will send a cho­sen ticket to the draw which takes place on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 18 at Ark­low Li­brary so there’s a great chance of win­ning the top prize val­ued at €1500, the sil­ver ticket val­ued at €750, bronze ticket val­ued at €500 or one of seven cop­per tick­ets.

Don’t for­get that Ark­low Li­brary will host a tree-light­ing cer­e­mony with Christ­mas car­ols, prose and po­ems on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 11.

So pop on your Santa hat and pay a visit to Ark­low this Christ­mas sea­son.

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