All set for start of Magherafelt’s Christmas market tonight

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The final touches are being put to the Christmas market in Magherafelt town centre which gets underway later today.

Thousands are expected to flock to the event this weekend.

The annual speciality market features more than 35 food and drink traders including the Lough Neagh Fisherman’s Co-Op (Eels), Indian Nights Inn, and Papa J’s.

The organisers say visitors to the Christmas craft stalls “will be inspired, and amazed, by the variety, quality and originality of the hand-made craft products and gifts available.” The Christmas Lights switch-on takes place on Saturday at 7pm. It promises to be a captivating evening of festive fun, with the Cool FM Roadshow, prize giveaways, that will finish with the traditional, spectacular fireworks display.

Traffic diversions will be in place from until Sunday in Market Street. There will be reduced car parking rates in the town centre.

From November 28 until January 9, car parking will just cost 10 pence for three hours in all pay and display off-street car parks. Private car parks will be unaffected by this reduction.

During the Christmas market there will be free car parking at Magherafelt High School, Moneymore Road, and St Mary’s Grammar School, Castledawson Road.