Dates for this years Strandhill Christmas markets have just been announced. The ever popular market will open the doors of Hangar 1 for six dates in December. Every Sunday families from all over the country will visit from 11am-4pm and again this year the organizers have added two extra night markets on Friday 13th and Friday 20th December. The night markets will run at a slightly earlier time of 4pm-8pm.
While the market is now a success all year round, Christmas is a special time in Hangar 1 with over 50 stalls from all over the country trading on each date. Come hungry as the food stalls serve a mix of award winning Indian cuisine, Italian, Spanish, Mexican, Sushi, Mediterranean and more. Craft and art stalls focus on hand made products ranging from candles, beauty products, clothing, jewellery, ceramics, toys and way more.
When you’re all shopped out you can grab a cuppa from Driftwood Coffee Cart, an ice-cream from O’Hara’s or warm up with a mulled wine and soak up the atmosphere. Details of Santa’s grotto will be announced in the coming days, but we can reveal that the big man himself will be flying in by helicopter in December and if last years crowds are anything to go by, then we advise that you get to Hangar 1 early.
Allan Mulrooney, who runs the year round event with his father Kieran, wife Niamh and mother Hazel said “Christmas is a special time for our team and our traders. We’ve had an incredibly busy year overall and footfall is up on any year in the past five since we opened in Hangar 1. The space will be decorated in the coming weeks and our traders are already busy creating, crafting and get organised for a really busy few weeks ahead. The idea is simple; if you want to back your local businesses, and in turn your local community, then shop local at SPM this Christmas. Our traders can offer you tailored local advice, as well as the best local goods and produce. By shopping local at SPM this Christmas, you can give Strandhill and Sligo a year round boost. Research shows that every €10 spent locally is worth €40 in terms of supported employment, supported communities and helping the business to continue to operate year-round.”
Just in case you missed them the dates for this years Christmas markets are: