With Christmas just around the corner and Northern Ireland’s cold temperatures to match, friends and families across the country are gearing up for all the fun of festive markets.
From delicious hot drinks and foods from around the world, and an array of carefully crafted handmade gifts, the winter fun and excitement is only just beginning.
After all, there’s nothing like twinkling lights, beautifully decorated stalls and classic Christmas songs to get you into the festive spirit.
Check out these seasonal markets happening across Northern Ireland between now and Christmas.
Additional reporting by Erin Horner
1. Belfast Christmas Market, Belfast City Hall - until December 22
The grounds of Belfast City Hall are once again a focal point for people from Belfast and beyond as the continental Christmas market marks its territory for another year. Offering foods and drinks from 32 nationalities from across the globe alongside heartwarming local treats, there's lots to interest everyone. Get into the Christmas spirit by visiting one of the beer tents on sight, enjoying a warm - or even cold - beverage amongst family and friends. For more information, go to facebook.com/BelfastXmasMark
Photo: Image from Belfast Continental Christmas Market via Facebook
2. Flowerfields Fabulous Christmas Market, 185 Coleraine Road, Portstewart - until December 22
This Christmas craft market features work from makers of glass, ceramics, textiles, baskets, candles, jewellery, prints and more, a visit to Flowerfields Christmas Market is the perfect way to find a gift your loved ones will adore whilst supporting the local community. For more information go to: flowerfield.org/events/christmas-craft-market-launch-twilight-market
Photo: Image from causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk
3. Lagmore Winter Fest, Christ the Redeemer Parish Lagmore, 12 Lagmore Drive, Belfast - December 8 - 11
Back again for another year, the Lagmore Winter Fest is set to include everything from festive food, live music, artisan gifts, raffles and even a visit from Santa. Specialising in local treats, gifts and much more, this hugely successful market is not to be missed. For more information, go to facebook.com/events/christ-the-redeemer-parish-lagmore/lagmore-winter-fest
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4. Winterland Markets, Guildhall Square, Derry/Londonderry - December 16 - 18
Experience the magic of Christmas this year in Derry/Londonderry as the Winterland Market stakes its claim upon Guildhall Square for a weekend guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit. From locally made crafts to artisan food and tasty treats, shop to your heart's delight you shop to the backdrop of local carol singers. Rumour has it, visitor favourites include homemade jams, chutney, breads and even cake. For more information, go to derrystrabane.com/christmasevents
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