Portlaoise all set for festive market

Rebecca Rourke, Akvile Krunglevicinte, Niamh Tolerton and Roisin Kearns.
There should be a great festive feel in the air on Portlaoise’s on this weekend with the holding of the annual street market.

There should be a great festive feel in the air on Portlaoise’s on this weekend with the holding of the annual street market.

The Portlaoise Christmas Market takes Sunday, December 1 and will run from the Market Square down to Ryans Pub this year. The Main Street will be pedestrianised for all of that Sunday except from Ryans Pub to the lower square will be open for traffic and parking.

All shops will be open for business in Portlaoise that 1st Sunday of December and there will be plenty of music, market stalls, street entertainment, art workshops for children and amusements.

This year the market is bigger and better than ever with a record amount of market stalls participating with crafts, food, art, baking, pottery, soaps, jewellery, candles, merry go rounds, 6D cinema and lots more will be dotted all over the streets. Also for the first time the market will incorporate Hynds Square and this is well worth a look. T

here will be an art workshop for kids and local bands will be performing live in the square throughout the day. There will be a seated outdoor area to sit and enjoy the fantastic music on offer all day with some refreshments provided throughout the day. Choirs will be performing as usual on the steps of Courthouse.

We would ask that people going out for a pint on Saturday night will not leave their car in the Market Square as they will not be able to retrieve their car for all of Sunday.

Remember car parking is free on Sundays and we would like to invite all to this great day. The people of Portlaoise love their yearly Christmas Market and it has become a great day to meet people and have time for a chat.

“The Christmas Market promises to bigger and better than last year. Building on the success of the Christmas Market over the last couple of years we will have more stalls with a particular emphasis on unique arts and craft stalls,” said Mr Ger Mulhall chairman of Downtown Portlaoise.

Mark it in your diary now, Sunday, December 1.