By Mark Wachtler
November 24, 2015. Chicago. (ONN) Thanksgiving may be a couple days away, but it’s never too soon to mark your calendar for fun, family-oriented Christmas events. One of those is the 2nd annual Chicago Irish Christmas Market. This three-day event is held on Chicago’s north side at the Northcenter Town Square near Lincoln, Damen and Irving Park Avenues. Santa Clause will be there, along with music, vendors and a host of traditional European-style holiday fare. And best of all, admission is FREE!
Find those unique holiday gifts and meet Santa at the 2nd annual Chicago Irish Christmas Market.
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“Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience as Northcenter Town Square is transformed into a family-friendly, European-style outdoor marketplace that features a tree-lighting ceremony, Santa, Christmas Tree Parade, crafts, activities and more,” touted event organizer Michael Van Den Bosch in a recent announcement, “Chicago’s Irish Christmas Market showcases Irish products, artisan gifts, seasonal fare and festive entertainment. So bring your family and friends to celebrate the spirit of Christmas at this three-day event.”
While Santa won’t be in attendance on Friday, he will be there on both Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 2:00pm each day to visit with the kids and hear first-hand what they want for Christmas. Reservations required - visit IrishXmasMarket.com to purchase your photo package and reserve your time with Santa. The holiday tree lighting is scheduled for 7:00pm Friday night. And Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade queen and her court will be present on Sunday from 11:30 to 3:00.
If readers are looking for that unique Christmas gift for a certain friend or loved one, look no further than the Irish Christmas Market. There are already 30 vendors lined up to sell their wares to holiday shoppers. Venders include:
Anne's Irish Knits
Blue Sky Bakery
by Julias Designs
Ceramics by Leo Studio
Chicago Candle Co.
Christmas Sweater Depot
CIE Tours International - Ireland & Britain
Crafts and the City
Fall But Once
KerryGold Cheese & Butter Sampling
Mrs. Murphy's and Sons Irish Bistro
Mushyface Cookie Co. Dog Treats
My 2 Little Lambs
Petal & Pistil
Root Quest Irish Genealogy
Sweet Sensations Pastry
The Lucky Irish Potato
Uptown Soda Bread Co.
Urban Art Chicago
Organizers proudly remind attendees that the Chicago Irish Christmas Market benefits local charities and social organizations that help the neighborhood’s less fortunate. The event’s website explains, ‘Chicago's Irish Christmas Market will be collecting donations of shelf stable foods, toiletries and seasonal clothing to benefit the Common Pantry and The Lincoln Square Friendship Center. Each person to make a donation will receive a copy of WTTW's documentary 'Irish Chicago' while supplies last. Your support of Chicago's Irish Christmas Market will help spread the Christmas spirit to families in need.’
The Irish Christmas Market will take place from December 11-13 at Northcenter Town Square at 4100 N. Damen on Chicago’s north side. Hours are Friday 5-9, Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-6. For more information, visit the event’s website at IrishXmasMarket.com.
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