Georgian Day to be even better than ever

Local children Katie (8) and Billy (6) prepare to sprinkle a little festive magic on Armagh - with a helping hand from Lynd Roper.
Local children Katie (8) and Billy (6) prepare to sprinkle a little festive magic on Armagh - with a helping hand from Lynd Roper.

Locals and visitors alike are invited to step back in time some 300 years as Georgian Day returns to Armagh late this month.

Heralding the beginning of the Christmas season, the renowned festive family fun day will be lighting up the streets of the city on November 29 from 10am - 8pm and transporting families back to the city’s Georgian past.

Armagh will enjoy a Georgian Christmas ‘make-over’; with everyone from market traders, musicians, craft experts and even a reindeer and his trusty elves getting in on the act.

The annual Georgian Christmas Market is not to be missed. With around 70 stalls brimming with gifts, artisan crafts, gourmet delights and steaming mugs of mulled wine and mince pies - it’s the perfect opportunity to indulge in some Christmas shopping or simply browse and soak up the yuletide atmosphere. And in keeping with the historic theme, Armagh’s stall traders are getting into the spirit of the occasion sporting Georgian attire as they welcome their customers.

One of the main attractions will be the free lightshow which will be ticketed this year to enable as many people as possible to enjoy the spectacular exhibition. Set to festive music and with a few surprises planned ‘A Winter’s Tale’ will be a show to remember as it transforms the beautiful Georgian building, Market House, into a shimmering canvas for images and special live stage action.

The light show will be shown at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm with gates opening 15 minutes before each show and access from Market Street only. Wristbands for each show are available at http://www.armagh.co.uk/lightshow” www.armagh.co.uk/lightshow or from Armagh Visitor Information Centre on 028 3752 1800 or in person.

Lord Mayor of Armagh, Cathy Rafferty, said, “Armagh City is set to shine on Georgian Day. The whole city really gets into the festive spirit and, as always, extends the warmest of welcomes to locals and visitors alike. We are always looking at new and exciting things to bring to Georgian Day and this year’s packed itinerary is hard to beat.”

Cathy Rafferty added: “Georgian Day is the star in our festive events calendar and we’re confident that this year’s celebration is going to be the bigger and better than ever!”