THERE are still just shy of 100 days until Christmas - but the Milk Market is well under way with its preparations.
And it is seeking festive choirs, and seasonal traders for their Christmas Market, which runs between November 30 and Christmas Eve.
David O’Brien, manager, said many have already signed up, but they would love to hear from others, including amateur and school choirs.
“The Milk Market is now all-weather and so choirs, like our Christmas shoppers, will be spared from the elements. It is a perfect opportunity for amateur and school choirs to come along and sing Christmas Carols and other seasonal favourites for an hour or so, on any one or more days agreed. Any contributions choirs collect during that day will be given to their designated charity,” Mr O’Brien said.
Around 60,000 people are expected at the Christmas Market over the period it is open.
Mr O’Brien also made a call for additional traders at the Milk Market to help satisfy the thousands of people expected in Denmark Street.
“With so many shoppers visiting and buying, it will be a great opportunity for new traders who wish to sell their produce directly to the consumer, and we are actively seeking them out. The type of produce we are keen to see more of includes Christmas crafts and gifts, quality festive and speciality foods, collectables, bric-a-brac, toys, books, fashions, seasonal decorations and ‘the unusual’,” he explained.
He said the Milk Market is particularly interested in those traders who use locally sourced produce.
“Once a trader qualifies we will provide every support we can - they just need to have a good supply of quality products and be there to sell them,” he said.
The Christmas Market will feature up to 60 stalls and shops – with a wide range of artisan food, craft and gift possibilities.
The Milk Market is not the only place gearing up for the festive season - two weeks ago, flagship fashion store Brown Thomas opened festive aisles.
For more information on taking part, visit www.MilkMarketLimerick.ie