Annual Belfast Christmas Market opens at city hall

French crepes, Belgian chocolate and giant German bratwurst are just some of the treats on offer at the market

THOUSANDS of visitors are expected to pass through Belfast City Hall today as the annual Continental Christmas Market opens its doors.

This year’s event is set to be the biggest ever, with more than £200,000 invested in new stalls and initiatives to provide an even wider range of produce from all over the globe.

More than 30 people have been working on the market’s construction over the last two weeks, which has been growing year-on-year since it’s beginnings in 2004.

The first Christmas Market consisted of 30 outdoor chalets, while this year will see upwards of 100.

Event operator’s Market Place were awarded the tender for the market for the next three years.

Managing director Allan Hartwell said: "We’re delighted that once again the sights and sounds of the Belfast Christmas Market will form a focal point for the city centre, and encourage people to come and visit and explore everything that this wonderful place has to offer."

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