Abbeyleix is the place to be this weekend for what is sure to be a very popular Christmas fair and switch on of the Christmas lights.
The 6th edition of the Abbeyleix Christmas Craft Fair takes place on Saturday, December 2 getting underway at 4pm when stalls with a wonderful array of produce open.
Apart from a chance to shop local and buy that special gift, the organisers promises an evening of family fun to get you into the spirit of Christmas and a chance for some of local talent to shine.
The Scoil Mhuire and South School choirs will perform before Santa arrives at 5.30pm. The official lights switch on takes place at 6pm
Whether you are planning to attend the Market or the Save Portlaoise Hospital March, people are advised to wrap up well. The market organisers say it is unfortunate that both events are clashing but also understand that Laois must make a stand on the hospital.
"That said, the market is vital to the town's shop local campaign for the small businesses that are the lifeblood of our community," said the organisers.
It's sure to be a lovely magical way to kick off the Christmas season December evening under the lights which have been paid for by ongoing fundraising.
All businesses around the square will trade as normal before and during the market.
People coming to the market are asked not to park cars overnight in the square as the space is needed to help facilitate the setup. Likewise, the organisers request that if anyone is coming to the library or shopping in town tomorrow please do so as early as possible or use alternative parking spaces such as the Church Car Park.
There were street and Church gate collections in November. A Little Black Dress Party in Benny's pub also helped to raise funds as has the building of a copper mountain.
If you have unwanted coppers lying around the Christmas lights committee ask you to add them to the copper mountain at Bennys pub.
For any last minute enquires about the fair e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org