Magical markets, craft fairs and festive flair!

November 12, 2012

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The Christmas season is on it’s way again and we’ve got an amazing line-up of magical Christmas Markets to help you get in the festive spirit. With a wide range of Christmas craft fairs and markets taking place from now until mid December shoppers can pick up some unique gifts, many of which will be handmade locally and only be available at the Northern Ireland markets. Dropping by one of the local craft fairs or markets taking place this winter can make a great day out for all the family, with live festive music and traditional Christmas food and drink.

Christmas Markets & Craft Fairs

St George’s Market Christmas Fair runs December 8 – 9 offering a wide range of gourmet foods and festive crafts while returning to the grounds of Belfast City Hall is the Belfast Continental Market from November 17 until December 20.  This market boasts over 80 traders offering a gastronomic journey around the globe and handmade gifts carefully crafted by traders from around the world.

The Glenarm Castle’s Christmas Experience in Co Antrim will take place December 13 – 16 and promises to be another traditional and festive occasion with a host of attractions for all the family including a charming nativity scene with real animals. Father Christmas and his elves will welcome the children to the workshop as they prepare for their busiest time of the year.


Watch Grainne have some great craic exploring the Belfast Christmas Markets 


A Christmas Craft Fair will take place at The Argory in Armagh on December 1 – 2 with lots of craft and food stalls as well as festive entertainment.  There will be a festive afternoon tea in the house and visitors will have the chance to see Santa and Mrs Claus in their winter wonderland.

Enjoy mulled wine, hot chestnuts, Christmas trees and craft stalls at the Yule Tide Market which takes place in Rowallane Garden in Saintfield, Co Down on December 8 – 9.

The Spirit of Christmas Past at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum in Cultra on December 9 will give visitors the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the festive season and enjoy the gentler and quieter atmosphere of a 1900’s Christmas. There will be storytelling, brass bands and carol singing around the Christmas tree and people will have the opportunity to make festive decorations, sample traditional food and buy some gifts from the museum shops.

This year Derry-Londonderry will be adding a sprinkle of festive sparkle and some real traditional charm with the launch of the city’s first ever Christmas Continental Market. With festive fir trees, fairy lights, Swiss style chalets and a magical vintage carousel, the market will form the centerpiece of the Christmas festivities this year, and shoppers can sample the enchanting atmosphere of the European winter markets, without having to stray far from their own doorstep. The continental market will be open from the 1st to 22nd December in Guildhall Square.

 The Causeway Speciality Market at Christmas in The Diamond in Coleraine on December 8 offers fabulous cheeses, home baked speciality breads and a range of quality crafts such as handmade jewellery, wood crafts and candles.

The Christmas Food, Craft & Poultry Market takes place on December 17 in the Farmers Mart in Enniskillen in Co. Fermanagh while a Winter Craft Fair will take place in the Burnavon Arts and Cultural Centre in Cookstown, Co. Tyrone on November 24 & 25 with a fantastic array of quality hand produced crafts and home baked goods.

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Why not make a night of it and combine your festive visit with a great value pre-Christmas hotel break. Prices start from an unbelievable £49 per room* per night. For more information on our fabulous Christmas breaks go to:



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