Yes, it’s that time of year again. The dark nights are drawing in, the mornings are tinged with a touch of frost and the scent of cinnamon is suggestive of exciting times to come. The most exciting of which is the return of the annual spectacle that is the Waterford Crafts Christmas Craft Fair in Garter Lane.
This is the 36th year of this annual showcase of talent and, in conjunction with Waterford Winterval, heralds the arrival of the Christmas season. This Craft Fair is voluntary run and filled with talent from all over the South East and beyond. All the products are handmade, and hand-crafted with a special kind of care, love and attention and it is this passion that makes the Garter Lane Annual Crafts Fair so unique and individual and such an integral part of Christmas in Waterford city
The Craft Fair opens on the 29th of November with a fabulous welcome offer of 10% off every purchase made on the first day. This year there will be an opportunity to “Meet the Maker” on Sunday 1st December. Here you can linger in the warm welcoming surroundings of Garter lane and chat with the Craft members themselves, taste the delicious treats, and sample some of the natural skincare products. Jack Kennedy, Senior Classical Guitar Feis Ceoil Winner 2018, will entertain while he showcases his classical guitar talent from 12.30 to 1.30 pm. And find out where these talented crafts members get their inspiration from, browse their creations and learn about the people behind the stands.
Open daily from the 29th November to 23rd December inclusively; the products are diverse and wide-ranging. From exquisite jewellery to stained glass, mosaics and crochet to porcelain art forms, beautifully soft velvet scarves to beeswax candles and tasty chocolates to delicate organic skin care, the wares available are vast and cater to every need. Whether it’s a Christmas gift for a loved one or a well-deserved present for yours truly, there is an option for everybody covering every budget imaginable.
So, visit the Garter Lane Arts Centre on O’Connell Street this festive season and get in the mood for Christmas. Open from 10am to 5:30pm Monday to Saturday and 12 noon to 5:30pm on Sundays, the Christmas Craft Fair extravaganza in Garter Lane is open for business every day from Friday 29th November. Don’t forget to listen to the Breakfast show on WLRfm every morning from the 1st to the 6th December for a chance to win a daily prize of a €50 voucher.