Christmas Market Donating Proceeds to Barnardos

By Leeza Kane

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At the core of Christmas markets is crafts, bargain hunting, Christmas cheer and in Sandymount, charity. James Bailie of Christ Church in Sandymount says, “It’s a chance for people to come in and socialise, it’s local with local vendors.”

Last week, the church ran a craft market and raised €1,500 for Christian Aid, to help people working with victims of the typhoon disaster in the Philippines. This year, all proceeds from the Christmas Market will be donated to Barnardos charity for children.

At Sandymount Christmas Market you can enjoy the atmosphere with tea/coffee and cake, soup and bacon butties for just €2 each. On sale will be jam and chutneys, knitwear, children’s clothes, jewellery and Christmas gifts.

Sandymount village and residents can also look forward to the Christmas lights being officially turned on at Sandymount Green on the 6th of December at 5.30pm, organised by SAMRA, Sandymount and Merrion Residents’ Association, Tidy towns, local traders and Dublin City Council. This fun event will be attended by special guest Santa and marks the beginning of the run-up to Christmas.

Sandymount Christmas Market is being held at Christ Church on the 7th and 14th of December, 11am to 4pm. Admission is free.