A holly jolly at the first Hillsborough Christmas Market

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Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has announced its first Hillsborough is to host it first Christmas Market, set along the historic Dark Walk at fort, on Friday, December 14.

Visitors to the market can expect Christmas spirit in abundance, as over 40 local artisan food producers and craftspeople are set up stall. It promises to be an ideal opportunity for shoppers keen to source local handmade products and pick up a few extra special gifts this Christmas.

Foodies will be delighted with the artisan food producers taking part, from award-winning preserves, chutneys and pickles, handmade butters, fresh breads and cakes, micro-roastery coffee, fudge and chocolate.

A host of arts and craftspeople will showcase Christmas gift ideas with The Bearded Candlemakers, local craft design shop In Klover, Wee Yarn Designs and Rowallane Pottery and Claire Newell Ceramics, just a flavour of those taking part.

Speaking about the inaugural Hillsborough Christmas Market, Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee, said: “We are delighted to host the first Hillsborough Christmas Market.

“We are looking forward to welcoming what looks like a great line-up of over 40 artisan food and craft producers, in what promises to be a festive evening in the picturesque setting of the Dark Walk at Hillsborough Fort.

Shopping at Hillsborough Christmas Market will make those intentions of shopping local this Christmas much easier, with many of the traders from the council area.

Artisans such as chocolatier Wee Choco will have its distinctive range of award-winning chocolate bars for sale; Lisburn start-up company, Wolf and Woodsman’s artisan sweet potato crisps have gone down a treat since they launched earlier this year and offer something different for party snacks this holiday season; Christmas dinner deserves nothing less than hand-churned and rolled butter made just up the road, and award-winning Irish butter connoisseurs Abernethy Butter will be on hand to make sure your fridges are well stocked up!

n Hillsborough Christmas Market is free to attend and will take place from 3pm-9pm on Friday, December 14. The advice is to wrap up warm and join the festive fun.

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