The fantastic Magherafelt Christmas Market returns to the town from 24th – 26th November, offering a weekend of festive food, fun and fireworks!
The market, which is organised by Mid Ulster District Council, will take place on Market Street across the three days showcasing a fantastic array of more than 30 artisan food and craft stalls selling local high quality products.
Enjoy browsing and sampling the locally produced food and drink, or take time to unwind in the hospitality marquee, where you can experience a craft beer, hot mulled wine or even just sit and relax. There will be lots of Christmas crafts for sale in the craft marquee and local bands, schools and community organisations will perform on the stage over the weekend.
Alongside this there will be plenty of free entertainment taking place sure to suit the whole family including face painting, balloon modellers, interactive craft stations, walkabout characters and much more.
The Bridewell will also host plenty of festive fun including Mrs Elf Storytelling on the Saturday from 2pm-4pm, Mrs Claus storytelling on the Sunday from 2pm-6pm and Santa will once again take up residence in his grotto there from 2pm-4.30pm on the Saturday and 2pm-6pm on the Sunday.
This year’s light switch on will take place on Saturday 25th during a spectacular Christmas themed street party on Broad Street. The street party will commence at 6.30pm and Santa will illuminate the town at 7.45pm. A spectacular fireworks display will then light up the night sky before the street party finishes at 8.30pm.
Chair of Mid Ulster district Council, Councillor Kim Ashton, is looking forward to the buzz the Market brings to the town. “The Magherafelt Christmas Market is one of the Council’s most popular events drawing huge crowds to the town. It is the perfect opportunity to showcase the town and all that is on offer for the discerning Christmas shopper.
“The fact that the Light Switch On will take place during the Christmas Market weekend in the form of a celebratory street party certainly adds to the festive atmosphere in the town, and will truly commence the count-down to Christmas!”
During the Christmas Lights Switch On there will be free car parking at Magherafelt High School, and North Regional College, Moneymore Road, and St. Mary’s Grammar School, Castledawson Road.
From Saturday 25 November for a 6 week period car parking charges in off street pay and display car parks will be reduced to 10p for the first 3 hours.
Remember too that diversions will be in place during the street party and for the duration of the market.
The Christmas Market takes place from Friday 24th – Sunday 26th November. For more information on the market and all Christmas events in Mid Ulster, visit www.midulstercouncil.org/christmas.