A Christmas wonderland in Salthill

A new indoor Christmas fair is to take place on Sunday December 20 in Leisureland, Salthill. A ‘Winter Wonderland’ awaits as visitors are urged to go and soak up the atmosphere, browse the market stalls, visit Father Christmas in Santa’s grotto, and enjoy homemade food, mulled wine, and hot chocolate.

The day offers lots of activities for children including free storytelling by Mrs Claus, free facepainting, free High School Musical and hip hop dance classes with dance fusion throughout the day, and a nativity play at 6pm. Check out the schedule of events on www.christmaswonderlandfair.com

The Christmas market will run in conjunction with two local charities, St Vincent de Paul and MADRA, a local voluntary dog rescue and adoption group. A proportion of the takings on the door will be divided between the charities.

There will be a Christmas Giving Tree on the day where people can bring small presents to put under the tree and St Vincent de Paul society will then distribute them to children in need of Christmas presents in Galway this year. If your school is interested in collecting gifts to put under the tree on the day contact Gertrude on 087 9437290 and arrangements can be made for the gifts to be picked up before the day.

There will be an array of indoor stalls selling a wide range of products including arts and crafts, clothes, make up products, toys, books, ceramics, jewellery, hand made furniture, Christmas decorations, food stalls, unique stocking fillers, and gift voucher stalls. The fair will also be showcasing some local artists’ work. The aim is to promote local businesses and persuade people to buy Irish this Christmas. There will also be a raffle on the day with the main prize being a holiday in the sun for two to brighten up the winter.

The market will open its doors at 10am and will run until 7pm and there will definitely be something there to interest each member of the family. There will be Christmas carols at 6pm and free mulled wine and hot chocolate to round off the day.

Trader stalls are still available, so if you are interested in having a stand at the fair, whether you are a company or an individual, simply phone 087 9437290/ 086 8266027 or send an email to [email protected]. If you belong to a music group or school choir and would like to perform at this year’s Christmas Fair contact 087 9437290.

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