A crowd of over 5000 people turned out to see the official turning on of the Christmas lights in Wicklow Town yesterday.
There was a fantastic festive atmosphere in the town as Santa Claus arrived just in time accompanied by WicklowNews.net competition winner Alfie Doyle.
Six year-old Alfie travelled with Santa in his sleigh to help turn on the town’s lights and received a royal welcome from all of the Christmas characters at the Gaol and the Gaol Cafe.
Santa did the honours at half past four and then rode off on his sleigh to take up residence in his winter wonderland in Wicklow’s Historic Gaol.
Local gardaí then gave Alfie a garda hat and hurried him back to Wicklow Gaol in the squad car so he could be the first child to visit Santa in his Jingle Cell.
Every weekend from now right up until Christmas, Santa will be in residence in a Jingle Cell at Wicklow’s Historic Gaol. A mini artisan market complete with hand-crafted wooden gifts, knits, mulled wine and crepes is also open for all to visit every Friday from 4-7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am until 6pm.
Wicklow and District Chamber President John Sinnott said this was one of the biggest turn-outs ever seen in the town and hopefully a sign of a good Christmas ahead. ” Huge effort has gone in to making the Christmas shopping experience in Wicklow town enjoyable and full of festive cheers. Every €1.00 spent in Wicklow accounts for €0.70 cent retained in the town, which benefits all residents. We need to support our local traders to build our Wicklow brand.”