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Tis’ the season for the Royal Hillsborough Twilight Christmas Market

It may be chilly out, but when the Christmas lights are on and the scent of cinnamon and pine is in the air you can’t help but get into the Christmas spirit. 

This December, Royal Hillsborough will be throwing open the gates to The Dark Walk for an afternoon and evening of sparkling festivities in our Twilight Market. 

Friday 10th December - 15:00 - 21:00

Come and stroll through stalls from local artisans and discover gifts to treat your friends and food delights for your table. 

There will be plenty of hot drinks and delicious food to eat, all set against the beautiful backdrop of Hillsborough Fort.

This year, our Twilight market will be filled with the sights, sounds and tastes of Christmas with an eclectic mix of food, art and craft. We will have over 50 stalls featuring artists and makers and their stunning designs and creations. 


Sinead of Ellie Mac Candles will have soy-wax seasonal candles. She will be featuring her “All About Eve” Christmas themed candle, which will fill your homes with rich warm cinnamon, clove and Tonka beans.

You’ll also find Black Top Studio’s bespoke wood and resin chopping boards, Alison Hanvey’s hand-thrown pottery, LG Jewellery.

Beauty & Wellbeing

Valerie from Plumpy Balms will have her naturally nourishing lip balms and velvety smooth butter sticks, perfect for stocking fillers. Mrs R’ganics will also  have her range of organic balms, serums and lotions perfectly packaged into pampering luxury gift collections and Wild Shore’s luxury spa experience collection. 

Artisan Food & Drink

If you’re having friends and family over or just want a cosy night in, then speak to Ispini Charcuterie about creating the perfect platter of cured meats. 

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without some chocolate and sweets under the tree. Why not try award-winning fudge from Jack’s Fudge and chocolatier, Ten Watch Chocolates.. 

15-year-old heritage pig farmer, Nicholas Denison of Rock Road Farm (just up the road from the market) will also have a selection of pork products to fill your freezers and keep you going till the New Year. 

There will also be plenty to eat for dinner, with Carryduff based Dough Heads, bringing gourmet pizzas to the party. We’re looking forward to experiencing the taste of Christmas with their Christmas Pizza 

If you’re craving something sweet, Rosie McNeill Cakes will have some festive cupcakes to snack on as you’re browsing the stalls, or to give as a seasonal gift.


There will also be live music with the Downshire Primary children's choir and the Friends School Brass Ensemble opening the market for us on Friday. There will be music throughout with local musicians supplying the sounds of the season. 

Don’t miss out on this wonderful Twilight Market and experiencing all that Royal Hillsborough has to offer. There will be plenty to enchant the child in us all with interactive seasonal crafts with Santa’s elves. Santa may even stop by to enjoy the festivities and say hello.

Come and join us on The Dark Walk on Friday 10th December. You may just find that perfect Christmas present you have been searching for.

Royal Hillsborough Market Schedule

Experience the  Royal Hillsborough Christmas Market in the twilight on Friday 10th December from 3pm. The market closes at 9pm. (But don’t forget the market is open again on Saturday from 10am-3pm)


  • 3pm - Downshire Primary School Choir

  • 3.30pm - Friends School Lisburn Brass Ensemble

  • 3-9pm - live music with local artists

Children’s Crafts 

  • 3-9pm - make your own Christmas Tree decorations with Santa’s elves to take home.

  • 5-8pm Santa will be visiting the market to say hello

Royal Hillsborough

  • Many of the Royal Hillsborough village shops will be staying open until 9pm 

Artisan Food Producers

Arata Leaf

Autumn Harvest

Ballylisk of Armagh


Castlescreen Farm

Chala Chai

Crawfords Rock Seaweed

Deli Muru

Troughton’s Premium

Gold & Browne's

Green Fingers Family

Habanero Steve's

Indie Füde

Ispini Charcuterie

Jack’s Fudge

Lecale Harvest

Rock Road Farm

Rosie McNeill Cakes

SeaSugar Handmade Confectionery

Seaview Farms

Spear & Arrow Bone Broth

The Butter Nutter

The Curious Farmer

The Local

The Oystercatcher

Tom & Ollie

Totally Hot NI

Artisan Art, Crafts & Gifts 

Alison Hanvey Ceramics

Blacktop Studio

Bodhi Living & Lifestyle

Curlew Cottage Design

Ellie Mac Candles

Gillian Boyd Art

Lauren Fowler Handcrafted company

LG Jewellery

Mrs R’ganics

Plumpy Balms

Reuben's Rural Crafts

Sarah & Mart’s Art

Seaside Books

Simply E Designs

Wendy Ward Designs

Wild Shore (N.I) Ltd

340 North

Wild About Soaps

Zoe Olivia Art

Sustainable Homewares & Pet

Do Your Bit

Don't forget the Dog

Artisan Street Food & Drink

Crepes 2 go

Dough Head's NI

Percy’s Coffee

Steady Neddy NI

The Hatch

Tribal Burger

Ret Ro's

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