7 Chances to Shop Local at SPM this Christmas

Up to 20,000 people are expected to visit the annual Christmas celebrations at SPM from December 1st – 22nd. Artisan food and craft producers from all over the west will descend on the village for the seven festive markets throughout the month.

You’ll be pleased to hear that the hugely popular night markets are making a return. They will be opening from 5pm -9pm every Friday in December while the day markets will run every Sunday from 11-4pm.

Supporting Irish Business

Traders and craftspeople at the SPM Christmas markets will offer national and international visitors a chance to purchase high quality gifts and indulge in one of the many hearty food dishes on offer. The market has already proven to have had a significant economic impact on the surrounding area. It creates employment, generates visitor spend and makes a substantial contribution to the winter economy in Sligo.

“Christmas is always a hugely successful time for our traders at SPM” said Kieran Mulrooney. “Following on from the first Strandhill Food Festival in October, our team are now gearing up for seven dates in Hangar 1 with some of the most talented artisan producers in the country. We’re expecting crowds of over 3,000 at each market meaning our overall footfall will see more than 20,000 people visit Hangar 1 this December. This has a knock on affect for hotels, bars, cafe’s and restaurants in Strandhill and Sligo which is fantastic. We’re asking Sligo locals to come out and support the market which in turn will help our region to continue to grow and bounce back from harder times. When shopping this Christmas remember that every €10 spent at Strandhill market generates €24 of benefit to the local community in Sligo.”

2017 Christmas Poster

From Strength to Strength

Allan added “SPM is going from strength to strength and this is a testament to both our stallholders and the people of Sligo. Over three years the local community has continued to shop local and we are now one of the biggest markets in the country. All stalls are now booked up for our seven December dates which is an indication of the creativity and vibrant energy in the area. Our team have worked very hard to ensure we have a wide variety of products on offer and that we are supporting Irish made products and crafts. Our aim is to offer a ready made platform for local talent, creating jobs and helping in our own small way to stabilize the local economy.”

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