Friday 21 December 2018

12 days to Christmas - funfairs and xmas market

Cathedral Gardens - outside the art college UU

Belfast City Council seemed to have pulled out all the stops to make the city centre into a series of mini funfairs. Perhaps it's to help the negativity attached to the main street being split into two separate halves (now kinda sorted) because of the fire at Bank Buildings.There's also the annual International Christmas market at the City Hall. At the eleventh hour I stopped by the latter to have a nosey (It ends on Saturday 22nd). 
Castle Place

Continental Market at City Hall

The market has stalls which offer some specialist goods like German sausage, French pastry tarts or Russian Christmas decorations. And there are some Northern Irish products too. But it's mostly much of the same as the last few years. I feel the Continental Market vibe has been mostly played out.

It is good to see people out and about though and there's a definite festive air. The Russian stall seemed a little empty but a Turkish hand painted ceramics stall was still overflowing with vibrant coloured bowls in many sizes.

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