Home Lifestyle In Pictures: Huge crowd in Portlaoise as Christmas Lights switched on

In Pictures: Huge crowd in Portlaoise as Christmas Lights switched on

We are almost exactly a month out from Christmas Day and the festive spirit cranked up a few notches as Portlaoise officially opened its Christmas Market at the weekend.

The action got underway at 11am on Sunday as the markets opened while Santa Clause himself arrived at 2pm.

Local singer Stacey Dunne performed Christmas Carols and songs in the Market Square while the local Children’s Choir also took part.

The markets closed at 6pm but before all of that at 4.30pm – Santa himself officially turned on the Christmas lights.

For €5, you could get a visit to Santa, a go at the pet farm and some face painting.

Downtown Portlaoise Retailers and Laois County Council teamed up to bring this year’s Christmas Market to life.

Main Street in Portlaoise was full of around 60 stalls selling everything from ornaments to local produce and much more.

Our photographer Julie Anne Miller was there too and she captured some great pictures.

Check them out below:

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LaoisToday's main photographer Julie Anne Miller is a graduate from GMIT. Despite her young age, Julie Anne has years of experience in the food industry. She has worked in Tynan's at the Storeyard in Portlaoise, Ballymaloe House in Cork and Beach Point Country Club in New York. She has also contributed a food column to the Irish Country Living section of the Irish Farmers Journal. She's willing to talk about anything - except football!