If you’re yet to start your Christmas shopping and as usual find yourself scratching your head in search of presents, look no further than the Strandhill People’s Market.
Boasting over 40 stalls each Friday night from 6pm-10pm and a massive 75 stalls every Sunday from 11-4pm, SPM is now one of the most impressive markets in Ireland. The weekly event has already attracted thousands of punters to the village and this weekend is your last chance to catch the markets before they close for Christmas and January.
The market is the perfect place to meet a friend for a coffee, listen to live local music, sip on a mulled wine and shop till you drop! The best part is, by visiting you will be supporting local traders helping to create employment and boost the local economy at this important time of the year.
While in the village why not plan a trip to Shells Café, the Venue Restaurant, get your hair done in Locks & Lace, take a dip in Voya Seaweed Baths or even pack a bag and spend a few days in the village. Strandhill Lodge and Suites have a special rate for anybody travelling to the market at €40 pp sharing. Just give them a call and let them know that you’re heading west to visit the market
Here’s a few small reasons to visit SPM this weekend. (As if you needed any!)
1. Amazing food
As soon as you hit Hangar 1 you can smell the irresistible foods on offer. SPM has a range of quality food stalls to cater for every taste. Fresh sushi, noodles, hot miso soup, hot pots, paella, Vegan salads, stews and much more.
2. Christmas Trees for sale
If you’re yet to put your Christmas tree up then now is the time. Christmas trees will be for sale this Friday and Sunday night at SPM just outside Hangar 1.
3. Santa Claus
The big man in red arrives in the airport terminal building this Friday and Sunday. The Santa’s grotto is all in aid of ‘This Ability’ and has purpose-built areas for children with special needs.
4. Local produce created on your doorstep
Fresh baked breads from My Strandhill Bakery, fresh juices from Root Juice, cookies from Black Sheep Bakery and handmade chocolate from Barbelo Chocolates.
5. All you need for your Christmas dinner
Award winning butchers ‘Sheerin’s Meat’ and Reggies Vegetables.
6. Local Craft Beer
The White Hag’ team will be on hand on Friday and Sunday to teach you everything you need to know about craft beer and send you home with local liquid refreshment for Christmas Day.
7. Sligo’s biggest Christmas tree
SPM boats one of the biggest Christmas trees ever seen in Sligo, towering over the stalls and giving you that warm festive feeling while you shop.
8. Coffee time
There’s always time for a coffee with good friends and Driftwood Coffee cart have got you covered at SPM this Christmas.
9. Awesome live music
SPM will have live music Friday and Sunday from local talents including Seamie O’Dowd, Sean Magee and a number of Christmas choirs.
10. Unique Christmas gifts created in Sligo
The market has an incredible array of talented stallholders who create their products in and around Sligo town. Check out a sample of a few here: Organic Devolution, Noelle Healey, Sarah J. Jewellery, Lani’s Surf Art, Marshall Made it.
So what are you waiting for? The market is open this Friday 6pm-10pm and Sunday 11am -4pm.
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