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Countdown to Christmas with the Royal Hillsborough Christmas Market

The Hillsborough Christmas Market is returning to The Dark Walk at Hillsborough Fort  for a second day, on Saturday 11th December 2021, from 10-3 pm. 

The lights are up, the makers are ready and waiting to line The Dark Walk once again and bring you artisan food, art and crafts that will fill your stockings and adorn your Christmas tables.

Why not come down and browse the market in the relaxed setting of Royal Hillsborough Village. With over 50 stalls of local design, handmade crafts, stunning art and delicious artisan food you’ll find gifts for everyone. 

Local school choirs and musicians will be there to delight and entertain as they open the market for us. 

Santa himself has even promised to pop in to say hello between 11am and 2pm. 

We are sure he will not be able to resist picking up a few presents for Mrs Claus and his elves, and he will certainly not go hungry as we have a fabulous line-up of artisan street food to keep his energy levels up for his biggest day of the year.

On Saturday we will be joined by local baking sensation,  Spontaneous Deuce and their show-stopping naturally leavened bread and viennoiserie. Always a big hit at the Hillsborough Farmers Market, you can choose from table white, wholemeal Miche, Irish Rye, Raisin & Sesame Tins and more. There’s a rumour there may even be panettone. 

If you’re looking to find a unique gift, then Handcrafted by Lucy will have a range of natural candles presented in beautiful jam and honey jars. Bring the scent of Christmas into your homes with her Gold leaf, frankincense and myrrh Christmas candles. 

We are sure that the beautiful porcelain Christmas pudding and tree decorations handmade by local artist Wendy Ward will be highly sought after. These delicate porcelain decorations will be available to buy on Friday evening.

When you’ve finished browsing why not grab a bite to eat from one of our street food vendors. Wood fired pizza, gourmet burgers and lavish grilled cheese sandwiches will be available from the front field at The Fort. 

Once you’ve exhausted the market, why not wander out into the rustic Royal Hillsborough Village and take in the sights and sounds. There are plenty of gift shops, clothing stores and excellent bars, restaurants and pubs for you to continue your weekend fun.

Make it a Christmas to remember in Royal Hillsborough this year with our Twilight Market (Friday 10th December 3-9 pm) and the Day Market on Saturday 11th December,  10am - 3pm.

Royal Hillsborough Market Schedule

On the second day of the market, Saturday 11th December,  Royal Hillsborough Christmas Market opens from 10 am until 3 pm. 


  • 10am-3pm  - live music with local artists on The Dark Walk and The Fort

Children’s Crafts 

  • 10am-2pm - make your own Christmas Tree decorations with Santa’s elves to take home

  • 11am-2pm Santa will be visiting the market to say hello

Royal Hillsborough Shopping

  • Make sure to pay a visit to the independent shops in Royal Hillsborough village. It is a beautiful village to walk through and the shops have their own distinct identity and do not disappoint, 

Artisan Food Producers

Autumn Harvest

Ballylisk of Armagh

Chala Chai

Crawfords Rock Seaweed

Deli Muru

Troughton’s Premium

Gold & Browne's

Green Fingers Family

Habanero Steve's

Indie Füde

Kin & Folk 


Mrs Smyth’s

Refuge Chocolate

Rock Road Farm

Rosie McNeill Cakes

SeaSugar Handmade Confectionery

Spontaneous Deuce

The Curious Farmer (also serving street food)

The Local

The Oystercatcher (also serving hot chowder)

Tom & Ollie

Artisan Art, Crafts & Gifts 

Alison Hanvey Ceramics

Bodhi Living & Lifestyle

Curlew Cottage Design

Ellie Mac Candles

Gillian Boyd Art

Handcrafted by Lucy

Lauren Fowler Handcrafted company

LG Jewellery

Plumpy Balms

Reuben's Rural Crafts

Ruth Osborne Art

Seaside Books

Seven Makes

Simply Spun

Stray Funk Design

Susanna Banks Art

Wee Beasties Design

Wee Yarn Designs

Wendy Ward Designs

Wild Shore

340 North

Wild about soaps 

Homewares & Pets

Do Your Bit

Don't forget the Dog

The Green East (Houseplants)

Artisan Street Food & Drink

Crepes 2 Go

The Hatch

Tribal Burger

Ret Ro's Grilled Cheese


Percy's Coffee

Steady Neddy’s Coffee

Proper Coffee Company

Wrap up warm and come and join in the festive fun. 


Ballynahinch Street Car Park

Hillsborough Forest Park

Beechlawn School Car Park (after 4pm)


The market is suitable for wheelchairs. There are some designated blue badge parking spaces in the village. All the car parks have blue badge spaces.

We will be posting regular updates about the Twilight Market and the  Day Market on Saturday 11th December 10-3pm, so follow us on Twitter @visitlisburn, Instagram @visitlisburncastlereagh or on Facebook @enjoylisburn