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Feel the magic of Christmas come to life in Bray

The festive season is fast approaching so Bray Chamber, Bray.ie and Bray Municipal District have launched their Christmas marketing campaign for 2022. The campaign is designed to encourage the Bray community to shop, buy, hire and source locally first and for everyone to enjoy the array of seasonal events and activities returning this December.

Sarah Finnegan, Bray & District Chamber of Commerce President said, “It’s great to see all the community family-friendly events and activities returning in style this festive season. There’s no better time than Christmas to focus on what our amazing town has to offer so make the most wonderful time of the year locally by joining in the celebrations as we kick off the yuletide festivities later this month.”

Feel the magic of Christmas come to life on Saturday, November 26th from 4:30 pm in the Civic Plaza as the Town Centre Christmas lights are officially switched on. There will be a live sing-along with MC Adam Burke, while local girl and Irish International footballer Áine O’Gorman and Bray Wanderers FC’s mascot ‘Rocky the seagull’ will help the guest of honour, Father Christmas, in officially switching on the town’s Christmas lights.

Cllr Erika Doyle, Cathaoirleach of Bray Municipal District said, “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. Remember for all your shopping needs, places to eat, drink, and be merry and with free car parking in the Herbert Road Car Park (Council owned portion) each weekend commencing 26th November up to and including 31st December, it makes perfect sense for everyone to shop local first this year.”

The return of the Christmas lights switch-on event is expected to be a busy one with hundreds of people flocking to the plaza to enjoy the event. If you’re planning on being there too, why not come to Bray a little earlier, grab something to eat, enjoy a spot of Christmas shopping and then pick your spot in the plaza ready for the festivities to start?

“As the energy crisis continues this year, all festive lights will be powered by energy-efficient LEDs, which consume 75% less electricity than regular bulbs and to further conserve energy the lights will be turned off earlier than normal”, added Sarah.

Not only will Bray sparkle and twinkle this Christmas the town is packed full of incredible experiences that you can’t get anywhere else… 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 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 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 16th
  • Seasonally themed events at Ballywaltrim library from Saturday, December 3rd
  • #ChristmasInBray colouring and photography competitions
  • 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.

All events and activities are subject to change without notice. Competition closing date is Friday, December 16th 2022. Please keep an eye on our social media pages, TwitterFacebook or Instagram for updates.

Other fantastic events taking place this Christmas include:

If you are hosting an in-person or virtual community event this Christmas, bray.ie more than happy to help promote an event for free simply complete the online submission form here

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 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 or enjoy the Bray Celtic Camino Coastal Route.

Go Tenpin Bowling at Bray Bowl, enjoy a world of entertainment all under one roof at Star Amusements or make a splash with family and friends at Shoreline’s swimming pool.

Take in a Distillery Tour & Whiskey Tasting Experience at Powerscourt or enjoy a unique bicycle-related experience with Fatbike Adventures.

Bray is the perfect holiday 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.

The Christmas in Bray marketing campaign is supported by Bray Chamber, Bray Municipal District Council – Wicklow County Council and bray. ie. Bray.ie is a trading name of Bray Tourism.

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 #StepIntoChristmas #WinterInBray #BrayBouncingBack #LoveBray #BestOfBray. 

Want your ideal Christmas Gift featured? 

Local retailers do you have an ideal Christmas Gift and want to feature it on our ‘Top 10 Christmas Gifts list‘? Well, submit your perfect gift below. Terms apply.

Terms and conditions

  • All deals & discounts must be open to the general public
  • The closing date for submissions is December 9th 2022 at 6 pm
  • Your independent business location must be within the Municipal District of Bray or in close proximity to it
  • Bray.ie reserves the right not to promote or to remove Christmas gifts from the listing that is not within or near Municipal District of Bray
  • Bray.ie reserves the right not to promote or to remove from the listing without notice information it considers inappropriate
  • It is the responsibility of the business owner/provider to ensure the Christmas gift details given are correct
  • Bray.ie is not responsible for the content of any external websites and no endorsement of any of the deals or discounts, or any products or services contained on them is implied.
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