The streets of Magherafelt were thronged with festive shoppers as approximately 24,000 people attended this year’s Magherafelt Christmas Market over the past weekend (24th – 26th November).
A fantastic array of over 25 artisan food and craft stalls selling local high quality products was the centrepiece of the 2017 market. Those who attended enjoyed browsing and sampling the locally produced food and drink, and took time to unwind in the lounge, where they could choose a craft beer, hot mulled wine or even just sit and relax.
There were lots of hints and tips for Christmas feasts on offer and local bands and school children, including the troop from Groogan Creative Dance, and pupils from Rainey Endowed Grammar School and Magherafelt High School performed in the marquee over the weekend, with lots of family entertainment across the stages.
Children also visited Santa and enjoyed storytelling from Mrs Claus at the Bridewell on Saturday. Sunday was a relaxing afternoon as the Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra and Ireland’s String Quartet provided soothing sounds for the shoppers as the market ended.
The Lights Switch On and spectacular fireworks display which was undoubtedly the highlight of the weekend took place on Saturday evening where the large crowd gathered for the Magherafelt Christmas Street Party on Broad Street before Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Kim Ashton and Santa himself hit the button to switch on the lights with much applause. A dazzling firework display then followed as the Market and festivities continued into the night.
Residents of the Mid Ulster area have another opportunity to enjoy a Christmas Lights Switch On in Maghera this Saturday 2nd December with activities in The Lurach Centre from 2pm and in Maghera Walled Garden from 4.30pm, followed by the switch on of the town’s Christmas Lights from 6.10pm. Visit www.midulstercouncil/christmas for full details.