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Head to Hillsborough for festive seasonal cheer at the Royal Hillsborough Christmas Market.

Stroll through the market set up along the historic setting of The Dark Walk and Hillsborough Fort. The market will be filled with the sounds, sights and tastes of Christmas with an eclectic mix of independent and artisan food producers, artists and designers of handmade crafts.

The grounds of Hillsborough Fort provide a unique background to enjoy a hot drink and a bite to eat. Savour the delicious aromas floating through the winter air, from a range of gourmet street-food and drink vendors. Distinctively seasonal menus developed using the best of Northern Ireland produce will be available throughout.

There will be plenty to enchant the child in us all with visits from Santa and interactive seasonal crafts with Santa’s elves.

The independent shops and eateries of the Royal Hillsborough village will be joining in the festive cheer so a visit to the Christmas Market is a perfect opportunity to explore this idyllic and historic village.

Keep an eye out on the Visit Lisburn Castlereagh and website for more of the twinkling detail and who is trading each day.

This is a free event and booking is not required.



Hillsborough Forest Park
Beechlawn School, Dromore Road
Ballynahinch St Pay & Display Car Park


COVID-19 protocols: Hillsborough Farmers Market will operate in accordance with the NI Executive’s guidelines to mitigate against COVID-19. These include:

  • One way system
  • Sanitize hands regularly
  • Visit stalls one customer / customer group at a time
  • Keep your social distance
  • Face coverings are advised when browsing the market
Fri, 10 Dec 2021 3:00 - 9:00pm
Sat, 11 Dec 2021 10:00am - 3:00pm

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