01 December 2014

Christmas Market in Ballinrobe

This past Friday and Saturday the Christmas Market set up in the parking lot outside the library. There were a few tents around with small, local businesses offering their wares, some food vendors, and some craftspeople. It did not rain and was seasonably chilly. Bill and I strolled over to see what it was like.

It did not take long for me to spot the woman with the table full of yarn! I walked over and grabbed a skein of sock yarn that was sitting in a basket to check fibre content. The woman commented that she forgot to mark those skeins, but said they were 3.50 euro. I checked the fibre content again to make sure it really was wool and nylon. It was. I checked the yardage. As I thought, it was 400+ yards. I bought the four skeins she had--two grey/purple and two grey/green and was thrilled to get them. Sock yarn is thin, so that yardage will provide me with many hours of knitting/crocheting joy!

On our way out the other side of the library grounds, we passed the crib (nativity scene) complete with live donkey.
We headed out to Main St, where there were still more Christmas windows to see.

Rudolph was in the window of a butcher shop. Looks like he's running.

The two photos above are the windows of a hair salon. While Bill was taking the bottom photo, a woman in a cute black hat with a little piece of netting over her face stopped and asked if he wanted to take some photos of the windows in her antique shop down the road. Of course he said he would, so we followed her down there.

There are some nice windows on Glebe St, too. The art studio is one of the most interesting and creative, given the addition of original art to the display!

The meat market on Glebe avoided animals and went with a Christmas tree for their window :-)
It's not just windows anymore, either. The lights have been hung all around town.
 Main St at sunset:

On Abbey St:

On both ends of Church Lane--here is Main and Church
And here is Church and New St:
New St is also lined with lights--plain white lights are strung along and lighted images like the fireworks above and some bells line both sides of the street. The whole town looks quite festive!

We'd walked over to The Green to await the arrival of Santa, who, I understand, took a bike ride around town before heading to his spot in the library. We ended up leaving before he arrived, because Bill was starving and needed to get something to eat fast, but there were lots of people there to greet Santa and escort him to the library!

Even though the lights were lit on Friday, the "official" turning on of the lights was done last evening. We saw a few Facebook posts saying the festivities were going to be "in town" at 5 o'clock. I suppose everyone knows where "in town" to go for this kind of thing, but we didn't. It's a small town and we could have gone out and walked around until we found a bunch of people--we had a small list of possible places that seemed likely for such an event--but we were having a very quiet, peaceful, and relaxing day and the idea of walking around looking for the event didn't appeal, so we stayed home. From some photos I saw, it looked like lots of people turned up to see the lights go on officially.

I quite enjoyed walking around town for a couple of hours on Friday. Lots of people were out and about and there was a great community atmosphere. Christmas season is in full swing here in Ballinrobe!

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