145,000 Visitors attend Dublin's Docklands Christmas Market
The Docklands Christmas Market at George's Dock in Dublin's Docklands proved immensely popular again this year with an impressive 145,000 visitors over the 20 day duration. The Market played host to almost one hundred traders from Germany along with plenty of home grown Irish stalls. The market was filled with brightly decorated wooden huts and chalets selling an array of unique gifts, including beautiful decorations, hand-made arts and crafts, and other unusual stocking fillers.
Now in its sixth year, this Docklands event was the only market in the area and again proved it has a loyal following from visitors all over the country. From 11am daily people enjoyed the fresh aroma of roasted nuts and raisins, Gluhein wine and German candy stalls. In the evenings, people gathered with friends to warm up with mulled wine, egg nog and sampled bratwurst and buns
The snow covered village made a picture perfect setting to get everyone in a festive mood despite the cold. All of the traders reported a high rate of sales especially for some of the new German traders who made their first visit to this popular event.
A new addition to the 2010 festival was the main stage with a full programmme of musical entertainment featuring story tellers, carol singers and bands. And of course Santa himself was there on there on the weekends telling Christmas stories and wandering through the crowds giving out sweets to both young and old.