THE CHRISTMAS shopping season is now in full swing in Gorey, and what better way to kick it off than the Gorey Christmas Street Market on Sunday afternoon. The weather didn't co-operate on the day, but it didn't stop hundreds of shoppers turning out to pick up a range of festive goodies from the 40 stalls.
'It was an opportunity to start Christmas and have large crowds in Gorey at the start of December,' said Gorey Chamber CEO Dick White. 'Some of the stalls sold out on the day. There was an emphasis on handmade foods and artisan crafts.'
Santa and Gorey Paralympic hero Darragh McDonald switched on the lights on the Christmas tree on Main Street.
Santa was busy, as earlier, he arrived at Wells House in a horse and carriage, accompanied by Mrs. Claus. Sabine Rosler of Wells House said they were delighted with the turnout, especially in the wet weather.
The pupils of Tombrack NS sang Santa into the Big House, while Mrs Claus and the elves went to their house in one of the two courtyards that are filled with crafters.
With the Christmas tree, reindeer on the roundabout, mince pies, hot dogs, non alcoholic mulled wine, muffins, tea, coffee, and hot chocolate, everyone was soon warmed up and well into the Christmas spirit.
The Christmas market will run from December 7 to 23, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 12 noon to 8 p.m. Friday to Sunday. Entry is free at the gate. Santa is also in residence in the house, and advance bookings are advised.