How many people have you heard saying they haven’t felt really ‘Christmassy’ until they’ve wandered around a Christmas market? It’s so true… when you hit the Christmas markets it really is a fast-pass into the Christmas spirit. We’ve put together a sample of some of the biggest and best Christmas Markets from around Northern Ireland for 2016.
Belfast Christmas Market opens the door to continental Europe, the smells of exotic foods, pretty Christmas decorations and a wide range of festive arts and crafts.
This year (19 Nov – 22 Dec) there will be extra local stalls outside the gates of Belfast City Hall to celebrate Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink, so it’s set to be the buzziest and tastiest yet.
Walled City Wonders
The Bishop’s Gate Christmas market will be on (9 – 10 Dec), and the Walled City Market traders and other festive stall-holders will be lighting up Guildhall Square for three further days of Christmas wonder later in the month (16 – 18 Dec).
A Christmas Cracker
The Raceview Mill Market is held in a massive covered and heated hall in Broughshane, and this Christmas it’s going to be a cracker.
A host of artisan traders will offer an array of bespoke and handcrafted Christmas items. Carol singers, and a certain Mr S. Claus will be on hand to liven the spirit too (10 Dec).
Perfect for Families
Graze your way through local goodies and pick up some quality, one-off products at the An Creagán outdoor courtyard Christmas Market (1-2 Dec).
Filled with lights, music, food and drinks from local producers, this would be a great day out for families keen to soak up a beautiful seasonal atmosphere.
Georgian Day in Armagh (26 Nov) is how you know Christmas is around the corner. This much-loved annual festive market and series of Georgian-themed events takes you to back to Christmases past.
Period characters, live music, street theatre, walking tours, mulled wine, mince pies, hot chestnuts – there’s something different everywhere you turn.
Christmas at Sundown
Warm yourself with some hot chocolate or spicy mulled wine at the Christmas Sundown Market in Bangor (19-20 Nov), which is sure to be a foodie classic.
Presented by the Open House Festival, this market celebrates local artisan food, drink and craft. Expect excellent fresh produce, gourmet hot street food, live music, and even a pop-up Prosecco bar.
A Crafty Christmas
For shopping, dining and entertainment all in one location, head for the lovely Christmas Craft and Food Fair in Enniskillen (3rd December)
With plenty of craft and food stalls, you can stock up on supplies for the Christmas period and pick up that something special for a loved one or friend.
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