There’s magic in the air during the festive season along the Sligo Food Trail, with a number of marvellous Christmas markets on offer.
All of the county’s regular markets have special Christmas celebrations taking place this Decemeber, so be sure to pop the dates in your diary.
Strandhill People’s Market
It’s double delights at Strandhill in December as the market is running twice weekly for the whole month – the regular Sundays from 11am to 4pm, plus every Friday night from 5-9pm as well. The Christmas Night Market has become a real destination for visitors with its twinkling lights, festive atmosphere and a glass or two of a steaming hot seasonal beverage. Up to 20,000 people are expected to shop at the artisan food and craft stands in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
Beltra Country Market
The Beltra Country Market’s big Christmas Fair is taking place on Saturday, December 9th from 10am to 4pm. With free admission, guests can enjoy Christmas baking, treats, gifts and crafts. Parents can savour hot mulled apple juice while their children enjoy workshops from 10.15am to 12.15pm. There’s free parking and a raffle in aid of the Simon Community, and of course great food from Global Kitchen.
Rathcormack Artisan Food and Craft Market at Branley’s Yard have their usual Saturday markets from 10am to 3pm, as well as a special pre-Christmas market on Friday 22nd December. In conjunction with Murson Farm, Rathcormack Market will have 3 stunning hampers to give away to lucky visitors.
Sligo Farmers Market
Every Saturday Sligo Farmers Market sets up in the car park at Sligo IT and their very special Christmas Market is on Saturday 23rd December from 9am to 2pm. They promise a wide range of artisan foods as well as fabulous arts and craft stalls. Seasonal flower displays will also be a feature.
Special Shells Market
Just for Christmas, Shells Cafe in Strandhill are holding their annual Christmas fair in the Little Shop on Wednesday 6th December from 5.30-7.30pm. There’ll be lots of bubbles and festive treats as well as Christmas carols.
Festive Fayre at Pudding Row
Pudding Row in Easkey holds annual Festive Fayres, with this year’s event taking place on Wednesday 14th and 21st of December. From 6-9pm, experience delicious treats and charming crafts. There’s also a wreath-making workshop on Sunday, Decemver 10th at 5.30pm.