Derry Christmas market will light up the city
Derry City Council is to introduce a Christmas Market in a bid to boost winter tourism in Londonderry.
The market is expected to run at Guildhall Square from December 1 through to December 23 and could see hotel occupancy jump by 65% over the period, according to market research commissioned by the council.
The local authority rubber-stamped the plans — which are expected to bring thousands of new visitors to the city — at last night's Development Committee meeting.
Research has been carried out around Galway Christmas Market, which revealed that visitors on average spent around £25 there and a further £80 in the city centre. Winter markets have also proved a massive success in Belfast and Birmingham and have been a staple in European countries such as Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic for decades.
The Derry Christmas market will include traditional trading chalets, a vintage carousel, Mrs Claus storytelling, Christmas trees, carol singing and traditional festive decoration and food throughout.