CHRISTMAS has arrived in Belfast, with the opening of the eleventh annual Christmas Market in the grounds of the spectacular City Hall.
The arrival of the market is one of the most anticipated events of the year in Northern Ireland and the opening of the magical Christmas market coincides with the switching on of the City’s lights.
In the month the market is open, shoppers will be spoilt for choice this year with over 90 wooden chalets showcasing food and gifts from around the world and this year the operators of the Belfast Christmas Market have added five new chalets featuring local arts and crafts including Alana Doherty who entered into a competition online to get a free chalet at this years market.
Young trader Alana spoke of her delight at her business winning a chalet for this years Belfast Christmas Market, “It was absolutely crucial to my business at this stage. This would normally be a three to five year business plan to get to a market of this level. I will be showcasing my new business, Country Ramblings. And it’s all countryside inspired giftware which I bring to life through machine stitch embroidery.”
With all the magic and sparkle Christmas brings, it’s easy to see why the market has sustained more then a decade. Belfast Christmas Market appeals to the young and old and is the place to be seen on the run up to Christmas - the market also guarantees a traditional Irish welcome for all its visitors.
Visitors will also be able to try some of the now infamous culinary delights including a range of products such as olives, cheeses, Belgian chocolates, Italian nougat and French tarts as well as exotic and rare meats from around the World such as Alligator, Impala, Kangaroo and Wild Boar.
While adults can sample culinary delights and warming alcoholic drinks from around the world, the young at heart can visit Santa’s Grotto and help support the Lord Mayor’s charity.
So whether you’re visiting this year’s Belfast Christmas Market from near or far one thing that is guaranteed is a traditional Irish welcome to all.
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