The Royal Hillsborough Christmas Market returns with festive food and fun for a second year

As the shops begin to fill with festive goodies and the season’s favourite songs are starting to be heard, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is delighted to announce the return of the Royal Hillsborough Christmas Market on Friday December 9.

From 3pm to 9pm, visitors can expect a magical evening on The Dark Walk leading through to Hillsborough Fort, filled with delectable festive food and drinks to be enjoyed by families and friends from across the county. There will also be seasonal gift ideas, activities and entertainment for all.

The Royal Hillsborough Christmas Market will provide over 55 local artisan food producers, artists and craftspeople a worthy platform to showcase their unique produce and festive gifts.

Commenting on the return of the Royal Hillsborough Christmas Market, Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chairman of the council’s Development Committee said, “After an almighty success last year, we are thrilled to host the Royal Hillsborough Christmas Market for the second year running. We are excited to welcome the very best of Northern Ireland’s artisans, street food vendors, entertainers and craftspeople back to Royal Hillsborough.

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    Pictured at the launch of the Royal Hillsborough Christmas Market are (l-r), Cllr Aaron McIntyre, Chair of Leisure and Community Development; Andrew Mulholland, Pig Out; Becky Watts, Watts Illustration and Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chair of LCCC Development Committee.

    “It is set to be a truly magical evening for both traders and marketgoers alike. In addition, many of Royal Hillsborough’s independent shops and cafes will be open late to join in with the festivities, so make sure to explore what they have to offer before or after your stop off at the Christmas market.”

    Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has ensured there will be a real community feel to this year’s Royal Hillsborough Christmas Market by inviting local musicians and school choirs along to provide the festive entertainment.

    A wide range of artisan producers will be taking part including The Daily Apron, Spontaneous Deuce, Jack’s Fudge, Ispini Deli and Tom & Ollie.

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    There will also be an impressive line-up of artists and designer craftspeople along The Dark Walk showcasing arts and crafts, curated collections of homewares, sustainable living gifts, antiques and collectibles. Local makers will include locally made health and beauty products from Plumpy Balms, Mrs Rganics and Wild about soaps with artists, Watts Illustration, Ruth Osborne Art, Amira Paints among others.

    Marketgoers will also have a wide choice of popular local street-food vendors to explore as they make their way through to the Hillsborough Fort area.

    For more information visit www.visitlisburncastlereagh.com.