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Festive food & drink returns to Hillsborough on December 13

From left, Nicola Bell, Nicola Bell Floral Arrangements; Sinead McAtamney, Ellie Mac Candles; Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Development Committee; Rosie McNeill, Rosie McNeill Cakes; and Shane Donaldson and Hannah Woodside of Spontaneous Deuce.

The ‘most wonderful time of the year’ is fast approaching and in celebration, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has announced the return of the Hillsborough Christmas Market after its great success last year. It will once again be set up along the historic Dark Walk at Hillsborough Fort and will take place from 3–9pm on Friday, December 13.

Visitors can expect a host of festive foods, gift ideas, activities and entertainment guaranteed to awaken the Christmas spirit in all adults, children and ‘Bah Humbugs’ alike. The Hillsborough Christmas Market will provide over 35 local artisan food traders and craftspeople a platform to showcase their unique produce and festive gifts directly to eager shoppers keen to source local ingredients and handmade products to give to loved ones as gifts this Christmas.

Self- proclaimed ‘foodies’ are in for a treat with the wide range of artisan producers taking part including local favourites Rosie McNeill Cakes, Wolf and Woodsman sweet potato crisps and natural wine specialists, Spontaneous Deuce, which host intimate pop-up tasting events.

Other offerings include seasonal chutneys and preserves, seasonal cakes and pies, warming coffees and hot chocolates, speciality cheeses and charcuterie, as well as a debut appearance from ‘famous’ North Coast gourmet grilled cheese company, Maegden.

For those more interested in festive crafts, design and gift-giving local makers including Ellie Mac Candles, Wendy Ward Designs, Claire Newell Ceramics, Nicola Bell Floral Arrangements, Wee Yarn Designs, Wild About Soap will be joined by local craft shop, In Klover along The Dark Walk. Many of the local businesses in the village will also be open until 9pm.

“Once again, the high standard of local food and crafts traders taking part is impressive and we are sure all marketgoers will enjoy taking a break from the hustle and bustle of high street shopping to browse the market stalls and village shops,” said Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Development Committee. “We are very much looking forward to welcoming vast numbers of visitors to the Hillsborough Christmas Market to enjoy the festivities.”

In addition to the local artisan offering, marketgoers will also get the opportunity to explore the ever-popular street-food corner located at the bottom of The Dark Walk. Delicious aromas will be floating through the winter air from a range of gourmet street-food and drink vendors including Wee ChoCo hot chocolate, Streetza pizza and Tribal Burger; each with their own uniquely seasonal menus developed using the best of local Northern Ireland produce.

Hillsborough Christmas Market is free to attend. For more information and updates, visit

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