To help spread a little festive cheer and to continue to encourage the Bray community to shop, buy, hire and source locally first, Bray Chamber, Bray.ie and the Bray Municipal District Council have launched its Christmas marketing campaign for 2021.
Bray’s Christmas Cracker Concert (ticketed in-person event due to Covid-19) which also included Town Centre’s Christmas Lights Switch-On took place on Saturday, November 27th at 2 pm and again at 4:30 pm in the Civic Plaza. The safe open-air family concert celebrated the magic of Christmas. This festive extravaganza featured live music performances of Christmas songs, yuletide classics, and carols, a very special guest from the North Pole and lots more fun.
The event was part of the Government’s Local Live Performance Programming Scheme and is produced by Wicklow County Arts Office and Wicklow County Council.
Watch the concert back below
Christmas Cracker Concert & Christmas Lights Switch-On! https://t.co/ZP8ipYqa3s
— bray.ie (@bray_ie) November 27, 2021
Sarah Finnegan, Bray & District Chamber of Commerce President said, “It has been unquestionably another difficult year but as we approach Christmas it is time to focus on what our amazing town has to offer and make a break for Bray this festive season.”
Bray is packed full of incredible experiences that you can’t get anywhere else this Christmas… from watching ‘Christmas movies at Mermaid’, visiting ‘Santa at Festina Lente’, exploring the ‘Killruddery Christmas Markets’ to catching ‘Candlelight Concerts’. You can pick up a gift at Bray Town Centre or simply eat, drink and be merry safely at one of Bray’s top bars, cafés, or restaurants.
Throughout the festive season, there’s an array of events and activities to keep all the family entertained. They include:
- Christmas Cracker Concert
- Town Centre Christmas Lights
- Christmas Projections on the Town Hall and Civic offices
- Santa’s Post Box – children wanting to send letters to Father Christmas can do so at the Bray Town Hall until Friday, December 10th
- Christmas stories for kids – In-person and virtual events with thanks to the Bray Library service
- #ChristmasInBray Colouring competition
- Christmas giveaways include ‘Find the Bray.ie Elf’ and a virtual festive quiz
- Top 10 Christmas Gifts list available from local retailers
- #ChristmasInBray Spotify playlist
Simply click on the Christmas In Bray event/activity image below to reveal more information.
Other fantastic events taking place this Christmas include:
- Santa at Killruddery from Saturday, November 27th
- Classics by Candlelight at Christ Church on Sunday 28th November at 7.30 pm
- Killruddery Christmas Market weekends from Saturday, November 27th
- Santa Claus at Festina Lente – From Thursday, December 2nd
- Purple House’s Christmas Candlelight Service on Friday, December 3rd at 7 pm in Christ Church
- Festive Christmas Concert in support of Bray homeless charity – BARSS on Saturday, December 4th at 8 pm
- Purple House’s Lights of Life – Virtual Christmas Tree
- Christmas Wreath Making Workshop at Festina Lente on December 6th, 7th, 13th & 14th 2021
- Presentation College, Bray Christmas Tree Sale and annual Christmas Market on Saturday, December 11th – see our Event calendar for details here.
- The Dubliners Show at Mermaid on Saturday, December 11th
- Christmas Wreath Making Workshop at Killruddery on Sunday, November 28th, Sunday, December 5th and Sunday, December 12th
- Phil Coulter – Returning to Tranquillity at Mermaid on Saturday, December 18th
- Christmas Movies at Mermaid from December 18th. They include Stick Man & The Snowman on Saturday, December 18th, Elf on Sunday, December 19th and It’s a Wonderful Life on Monday, December 20th
- Christmas Table Centre Piece Workshop at Killruddery on Sunday, December 19th
- Ballet Ireland’s Nutcracker Sweeties at Mermaid on December 22nd & 23rd
Proof of full vaccination or else a recovery from COVID-19 certificate in the past 6 months is mandatory for patrons over the age of 18 attending a Mermaid event. A valid form of ID is required to check certificates.
If you are hosting an in-person or virtual community event this Christmas we’re more than happy to help promote an event or events for free as long as they are following the HSE / Irish Government all COVID-19 coronavirus guidelines in full. Simply complete the online submission form here.
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There’s plenty to keep you and your family busy between the Christmas events so why not make a break for Bray this festive season.
Take a dip in the waters of our Blue Flag beach if you’re brave enough, explore our incredible coastline, experience the underwater world at SeaLife, open up your imagination by exploring the award-winning Brave Maeve Story Trail.
Go Tenpin Bowling at Bray Bowl, enjoy a world of entertainment all under one roof at Star Amusements, be inspired at Cool Planet Experience the first climate action visitor experience in the world, make a splash with family and friends at Shoreline’s swimming pool.
Bray is the perfect safe staycation destination, whether it’s a festive family holiday or simply a weekend break this winter, why not plan your visit by utilising our award-winning website. Simply hit the menu button to explore things to see and do, eat and drink, places to stay + more.
Cllr Aoife Flynn Kennedy, Cathaoirleach of Bray Municipal District said, “The Christmas in Bray campaign aims to drive footfall safely into the town so I’m encouraging consumers to spend locally and help businesses to continue to bounce back. To support this campaign, there’s free parking at weekends throughout December at Wicklow County Council Bray car parks so it makes perfect sense for everyone to shop local first this year.”
Bray Chamber, Bray.ie and the Bray Municipal District Council will continue to try and reach out to even more people in the lead up to Christmas through their digital platforms to raise the much-needed awareness that Bray Town is open for business safely and responsibly. Businesses can get involved in the Shop Local First initiative, feature on our See + Do, Eat + Drink or Stay pages by submitting a free listing here.
Share your special Christmas messages, pictures or videos, they may feature on bray.ie’s social media feeds throughout the festive season. Simply use our WhatsApp popup at the footer of this page. Terms apply.
Join the conversation – Use the hashtags #ChristmasInBray #WinterInBray #BrayBouncingBack #LoveBray #BestOfBray.
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