Christmas comes to Limerick city

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

OVER 60,000 shoppers are expected to visit Limerick’s brand new Christmas market over the course of the next month, Milk Market management believe.

OVER 60,000 shoppers are expected to visit Limerick’s brand new Christmas market over the course of the next month, Milk Market management believe.

The festive season kicks off in earnest this Friday as the Christmas market is opened and the city’s lights get switched on by the Coronas. The Milk Market is gearing up for its first Christmas market, which will run from Thursday to Sunday throughout December and all of Christmas week.

“We are really looking forward to welcoming tens of thousands of visitors to the Christmas Market and we are encouraging locals and visitors alike to come along to taste the festive atmosphere,” explained Milk Market manager David O’Brien.

“It will be the place to experience a real fun and festive environment, where visitors will enjoy the buzz of the crowds, some great entertainment and delicious Christmas ‘eats and treats’. We will have close to 60 stalls and shops, all packed with a wide range of artisan foods, crafts, decorations, toys, books, collectibles, fashion items and other gift possibilities,” he explained.

Mr O’Brien explained that live music will entertain shoppers every Friday from 12.30pm and 2pm throughout December, beginning this Friday.

A Santa’s Grotto will also be erected in the market, with Santa arriving on December 1.

On Friday evening, at 6pm, the Coronas will turn on the city’s Christmas lights on Thomas Street, before performing live in concert in the Milk Market later that evening. The stalls from the Christmas market will be removed before the gig and returned once it is finished, with the market to open as normal on Saturday.

The build-up to turning on the lights will take place from 5.30pm with Live 95FM broadcasting live, while Santa Claus and a host of colourful characters will also be in attendance.