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    and Chocolate workshops!!!

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  • Even though most of us are worried senseless about the new budget and how were all going to cope over the next few years wed do well to take some time out and invest our energies into spreading a little goodwill this December. Christmas is the season for spend-ing time with loved ones and appreciating the blessings that we still have, whether theyre big or small. This Christmas, make sure you enjoy yourself, whether you invest in a little me time or get out and about with the family in order to fully appreciate everything that Wicklow has to offer. Dont forget to support your local restaurant, pub and business this winter by buying local the benefits will effect us all. Most of all, have a very merry Christmas, from all the staff at In Wicklow magazine.

    10 Christmas gift guide

    24 Get ready to sparkle!

    34 Dining Out this Christmas

    C O N T E N T S2 News and EventsLocal news and events for your town

    6 Christmas ActivitiesDiscover various Christmas activities that you local town offers this festive time.

    10 Christmas Gift GuideIf youre a little stuck for inspiration this year, check out our gift guide! Weve brilliant gift ideas foreveryone in the home, including the kids

    20 Christmas FoodDelicious Chirstmas Food recipes with Catherine Fulvio

    22 All the TrimmingsLast minute ideas for around the house

    24 Get Ready to Sparkle!Check out our pick of the very best party dresses, as well as the perfect look for Christmas day. Weve also got hot looks for guys and kiddies, too

    26 The Loveliest DayBe the most beautiful this lovely day of the year

    28 FashionChristmas this year comes with a fashion for her, for him and for kids!

    34 Dining Out this ChristmasTake some time out this December to get out and about and sample everything that Wicklow restaurants have to offer



    40 Sporting NewsLocal and international fixtures and events

    44 Cinema ReviewsA comprehensive and impartial guide to all of the latest releases

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    ContentsON THE COVERChristmas Shopping with Heatons Web:

  • News & EventsLynhams Hotel - Laragh - Co. Wicklow Email: Phone: +353 404-45345

    Saturday December 17th Big MuddySaturday December 24th Brian Meakin

    Servicing Clutches & Gearboxes Timing Belts & Water Pumps Auto Electrics Diagnostics

    Suspension Suspension Tyres & Wheel Alignment Crash Repairs

    Open 6 DAYS per week FREE Loan Cars Available

    FREE Collection and Return of Vehicles

    **Approved Tachograph Centre**

    ALL SERVICESWITH THIS VOUCHERuntil end of Dec 2011

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    1a Oldcourt Industrial Estate, Boghall Rd, Bray, Co. WicklowSERVICING ALL MAKES OF CARS, 4X4'S AND LIGHT COMMERCIALS

    Contact us on: 01 2866815OPENING HOURS Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm. Saturday 9am 5pm

    Sunday BrunchSunday Brunchat the Betelnut

    Open Sunday 9.30am to 5pm

    Lynhams of Laragh


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    Christmas at Glenroe FarmHo! Ho! Ho! Good news from the North Pole - The elves are all busy transforming the farm into a magical Christmas wonderland. Santa and Mrs Claus will be greeting all the good children in their homely thatched cottage and each child will get a special present from Santa. Next door is the amazing traditional Nativity stable with real farm animals. Santas reindeer are grazing away in the paddock getting ready to take Santa on his long journey on Christmas eve. Every Saturday and Sunday the Kids Party Club will enter-tain the children with a fabulous puppet show and disco. You can visit Santa on weekends up until the 18th Decem-ber and you dont need to pre-book and dont have to queue for this wonderful experience! Santa is making his list and checking it twice - make sure Glenroe Farm is on your list this Christmas.....

    Glenroe Farm, Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow / E-Mail: mail / Phone: (01) 287 2288

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    Saturday 10th and Sunday 11thSaturday 17th and Sunday 18th

    2 - 4 OClock


    Passionate about plants

    Christmas Trees &Christmas Shop



    Free small present for each child

    SAy IT WITH CHoColATE THIS CHRISTmAS!!!For that wonderful gift idea this Christmas, the Chocolate Garden of Ireland is the place to go. From chocolate stilettos and CDs, to gift baskets with wine, and stocking fillers colourful lollipops and hot chocolate swirl sticks, theres lots to choose from. Theres even a chocolate golf set for the golfing enthusiast in your life! If you want to put your own hamper together, it can be put together for you for collection later. A gift from the Chocolate Garden of Ireland is guaranteed to please that special person in your life.

    Its a lovely experience to visit the fabulous caf, ice cream parlour and new outdoor childrens play area. To make your Christ-mas really special this year, why not try out the chocolate workshop where you will learn how chocolate is made, enjoy tastings and make and decorate your own chocolate

    Santa to bring home with you. More details can be found on or Tel.059 6481999. If youre not availing of a full workshop, you may enjoy the hands-on work with chocolate any weekday at The Chocolate Garden of Ire-land. The business has scooped a number of rewards for both its ice cream and chocolate products this year and is currently nominated for two awards which are the Good Food Ireland Come and See Food Producer of the Year and the Good Food Ireland Most Innovative Award.

    The company works closely with its neighbours Rath-wood Home and Garden World and Woodlands Falconry so theres lots to do in the area.

    More information on To book a chocolate workshop or to find out more about our hampers, see our web: or tel: 059 648 1999.


    Aunty Nellies Sweet Shop have great gift ideas and stocking fillers in store this Christmas to suit all budgets.

    We have hampers,sweet buckets, gift boxes and Christmas bags all filled by us and can be customised by yourself to suit your price and needs.

    We also have lovely large and small empty clipper jars that can be filled with your favou-rite sweets. If you need something for a larger event we can help with lots of different ideas.

    hidden in-store this christmas. find them and win some sweetastic prizes for the holidays

    Just call into the shop! email or call Alan on 087 120 6846


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  • Christmas at Powerscourt

    Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Santas on his way...

    Visit Santa at Avoca, Powerscourt, from 26th November to23rd December. See our website for dates and times

    Visit Powerscourt StablesSee Santas Deer plus lots of other animals including the very

    cute miniature donkeys!

    Taras Palace has to be seen to be believed! Taras Palace hasgreat activities for kids including festive face-painting, a

    Christmas quiz and a childrens interactive

    Visit for more great events at Powerscourt.We look forward to seeing you soon!

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    This Christmas Wicklow Gaol has created a magical Victorian world of wonder that children will never forget. A spectacular old-world Christmas market with over 30 artisan food, craft and other unique seasonal stalls make the experience an unforgettable day out for the whole family. A new state of the art timing system will ensure minimum waiting time for visitors to Santa.

    Visitors to Santa will embark on an unforgettable interactive journey through a Victorian Christmas streetscape with