It’s Christmas Market Season!

Jacqueline from shares her pick of Christmas Markets taking place this weekend and there is an abundance of local producers with a fantastic selection of Christmas gift ideas on offer!


North Down Museum’s Christmas Market 1st & 2nd December – buy something made locally by one of the area’s many talented artists and craftspeople! The Craft Fair will run during the Museum’s opening hours and will start your festive season off in an especially atmospheric style. Entry to the Christmas Market is free.  North Down Museum has been sourcing local artists and craftspeople with something new and different to offer to you for that special Christmas present. They will be filling stalls dotted around the Museum with their work, and this is a great opportunity not only to find a unique gift, but to support craftspeople working in the area. Take a break in the Museum Restaurant and be entertained with a range of festive music. On Saturday 1 December, various school choirs from the borough will be joining us throughout the day, while local musicians writing and performing around the area will be setting the mood on Sunday 2 December.


Frock Around The Clock, a Very Vintage Christmas Fair will be a fabulous extravaganza of festive nostalgia and fun. This event will feature a Vintage and Craft Fair with 40+ exhibitors of vintage and handmade fashion, jewellery, homewares, collectables, crafts, gifts, and sweet treats as well as a pop-up tearoom by The Tea Boutique NI, festive entertainment from The Mystery Sisters New Old-Fangled Swing Show, children’s wartime Christmas themed activities from Time Steps Living History, a Christmas raffle, Lissan House Living History, and much more!!! Sunday 2nd December, 12 – 6pm Lissan House, Drumgrass Road, Lissan, Cookstown BT80 9SW Admission: Adults £7, Children £3, Family Ticket £16 (2 adults & 2 children).


Sat 1st December is the date for the Lisnaskea Christmas Market at The Corn Market (beside the Bank Of Ireland) 1pm  – all stalls featuring handmade local products 2.30pm kids magic show – free admission 3.45pm Santa arrives 4pm Carol Singing 4.30pm Switching on of the Christmas Lights.


Magherafelt District Council will once again be serving up a treat with their Speciality Christmas Food and Craft Market on Saturday 1st December from 12noon to 9pm and Sunday 2nd December from 12noon to 6pm in the Old Market Yard, Rainey Street Magherafelt. The Christmas Market is a truly seasonal experience so come along and enjoy browsing and sampling the locally produced artisan food and drink. Take time to unwind in our heated lounge where you can experience a craft beer, hot mulled wine or even just sit and relax and catch up with friends. Complete with a bandstand where musicians, local carol singer and school children will perform over the weekend.


Join the National Trust at the Argory for their fantastic Christmas fair on the 1st and 2nd December with dozens of craft and food stalls and festive entertainment. They will be hosting afternoon tea in the festively decorated house and there will be a chance to see Santa and Mrs Claus in their winter wonderland.


Merville House Food & Craft Market on Saturday 1st December, Merville House will play host to a selection of local food and craft suppliers in what is hoped to be a monthly event for the community in Newtownabbey. On Saturday 1st December, Merville House will play host to a selection of local food and craft suppliers in what is hoped to be a monthly event for the community in Newtownabbey.