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10 December, 2020

Christmas inspired market spectacular

THE Port Douglas Markets will turn on the Christmas magic with a special festive-inspired market day this Sunday from 8am – 1.30pm.

By Nicole Gibson

Christmas carols, a roaming tropical Santa and decorated market stalls will feature at the Port Douglas Markets Spectacular.

Local singer Alteouise De Vaughn will be singing Christmas Carols next to St Mary’s Church from 12pm to 1pm with a bevy of the region’s most talented buskers playing throughout the day.

Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr will judge a stallholder competition where regulars will be vying for the most creative and decorative stalls.

He said the Sunday market was famous for serving up an eclectic variety of handcrafted goods and fresh produce, and would be a prime opportunity to knock over some Christmas shopping.

“December in Douglas is a really special time for our community with a variety of fantastic events on offer,” he said.

“The Port Douglas Market Spectacular presents the perfect excuse to #DoItInDouglas this weekend with some amazing local products on offer.  

“We always see a vibrant atmosphere at our weekly markets so it will be great to see the Christmas flavour step it up a level.”

Long-time stall holder Sabine Schroder of SpaJar Skincare said stallholders were looking forward to creating a joy-filled event for market goers after a difficult year.

“This year is all about joy and it just happens to be Christmas,” she said. “The borders are opening so as you can imagine we are really overjoyed and we just want to share that with people.”

“I think we’ll be seeing a lot of joy in faces, in actions, in costumes, in decorations and I look forward to that.

“Everybody’s been craving this time out to go somewhere different, reconnect with family, with friends and you see it in their faces.

“I’m looking forward to smiles and this feeling of relief a little bit – hey we got through this and let’s enjoy it and let’s be right here right now.”

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