The sights, smells and sounds of the festive season will descend on the new covered market in Ennis (Maragadh na hInse) as the inaugural Ennis Christmas Market takes place from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th December.
Clare County Council, supported by market traders, is hosting the event and visitors will be able to do their Christmas shopping with trader stalls featuring Arts & Crafts, Local and Artisan Foods and more throughout the three-day event.
The ‘spinnies’ from Spin South West will be live from at 3.30 p.m. on Friday to broadcast on the arrival of Santa Claus by Fire Engine. Santa and his elves will be based at a specially erected Christmas Market Grotto for the entire weekend. Children can visit Santa for free with donations, if desired, to Clare Crusaders.
A packed entertainment programme has been lined up for the weekend with scheduled performances from a range of musical groups including Ennis Musical Society, Gaelscoil Mhichíl Cíosóg, Forever Young Singers, Ennis Brass Band, Holy Family Choir, Ennis Performing Arts, Ballea / Clarecastle Youth Choir, Ennis Guitar School, Holy Family Band, Ennis N.S. Band and Polish folk dance group, Inisowiacy.
Meanwhile, radio presenter Ger Sweeney will be present throughout the weekend providing festive music and entertainment while the newly crowned Munster Club Hurling Champions, Ballyea will visit the Christmas Market on Saturday evening.
Younger guests will be greeted at the Christmas Market with free candyfloss and face painting while for the adults, there will be a barbecue, mulled wine and a chocolate fountain.
A full programme of events is available on www.clarecoco.ie.