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Shop Local This Christmas And Explore The Causeway Coast and Glens

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The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council is encouraging everyone to ‘Shop Local’ this Christmas.

Towns and villages across the area have everything you need to help create a memorable festive season for all your family and friends. With independent shops, artisan markets and an exciting range of tourism experiences which make the ideal gift, there’s never been a better time to explore what the Causeway Coast and Glens has to offer.

Encouraging everyone to Shop Local this Christmas, the Mayor, Councillor Brenda Chivers said: “In many of our businesses, shops and markets you will find locally-made items and high quality produce which are perfect for your Christmas shopping list. The Causeway Coast and Glens is home to a vibrant array of colourful shops and knowledgeable owners who are committed to sourcing the best products for their customers. As our countdown to Christmas continues, shoppers can avail of extended opening hours and extra market dates and I would encourage everyone to make the season extra special by shopping locally this December.”

Christmas lights have already been switched on in many areas across the Borough and the festive atmosphere has been enhanced by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s window dressing competition. Town centres businesses are encouraged to get creative and contribute to a memorable shopping experience.

Judging gets underway this week, and a winner and runner-up in each town (Ballykelly, Bushmills, Cushendall, Dungiven, Garvagh, Kilrea, Portrush and Portstewart along with Ballycastle, Ballymoney, Limavady and Coleraine) will receive a small trophy in recognition of both their artistic abilities and creative efforts to attract shoppers into their town centre.

Late night shopping:

· Ballymoney shops will open late on Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th December.

· Coleraine shops will open late on Thursdays in December (6th, 13th and 20th) and every day Monday to Friday from December 17th – 21st. The Diamond Centre in Coleraine will be open late every evening Monday – Friday from December 3rd onwards.

· Limavady shops will open late on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday December 19th – 21st.

Sunday shopping:

· Coleraine shops, including the Diamond Centre, will be open from 1pm – 5pm every Sunday in December (2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd).

· Limavady shops will open from 1pm – 5pm on Sunday 16th December and Sunday 23rd.

Artisan markets

Showcasing some of the very best local talent in arts, crafts and gourmet food products, the highly-regarded local artisan markets in Ballycastle, Ballymoney and Coleraine will be more popular than ever this Christmas.

Treat yourself to a visit to the Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan Market in Castlecroft Square in Ballymoney (11am – 4pm) on Friday 7th December and in the Marine Hotel in Ballycastle (11am – 5pm) on Saturday 9th December.

Causeway Speciality Market, the largest outdoor market in Northern Ireland, located around the historic Town Hall building in the Diamond area of Coleraine, will be open from 9am until 4pm on Saturday 8th, 15th and 22nd December.

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