Artisan market to add to seasonal celebrations following Carrick’s big switch on

Carrick’s seasonal celebrations will continue next weekend with an artisan market in the town centre.

Wednesday, 24th November 2021, 3:00 pm

Showcasing the finest fayre from Mid and East Antrim similar events will be held in Larne and Ballymena (on different dates to Carrick).

Some of the traders market-goers can enjoy include Salty Herb, the Natural Root, Castle Crafts, Plumpy Balms and Country Candles.

All traders are taking card payments, so it is also a way to spend your high street voucher, according to council.

The Mayor, Cllr William McCaughey and Santa preparing to switch on the lights in Carrick at the weekend.

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr William McCaughey said: “Share the festive season with our amazing local traders by celebrating and supporting local this Christmas. These markets are not only perfect for a family day out, but also to get a present that’s a bit different as well.

“It’s been tough, particularly on small businesses the past year, with events like this cancelled across the country, so what better way to get behind our local traders and help give them a boost this winter.

“This year we have fantastic entertainment in all the town centres, from the lights switch on, to live music and parades.

“Cafes and restaurants are gearing up to welcome you back safely this season and make it a Christmas to remember.”

The count down to Christmas begins with Carrick's lights switched on.

Carrick’s artisan market programme will feature traders and music from Uplift Performing Arts at Market Place on Friday, December 3, 4pm – 8pm (Santa will arrive on his sleigh at 5pm).

The count down to Christmas will continue on Saturday, December 4, 11am – 5pm, with walkabout characters and children’s entertainment.

Meanwhile, Carrick’s big switch on took place last Saturday. The programme included live performances, face painting, and Christmas carnival games. After Santa arrived to switch on the Christmas tree lights, there wsa a fireworks display from Fisherman’s Quay.

Whitehead will join in the count down to Christmas this Saturday (November 27), from 3pm to 5.30pm. Visitors can enjoy carols, street entertainers, Santa and his grotto experience, all topped off with a fireworks display along the promenade.

Royal Tara dancers enjoying the celebrations.

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Click here to read: Dates and times for Mid and East Antrim’s Christmas events released

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Getting into the seasonal spirt in Carrick on Saturday.

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Festive fun in Carrick High Street on Saturday.
Toasting marshmallows at Market Place.
A spectacular finale to the switch on event in Carrickergus.