Merry makers’ Christmas countdown

Kirsty Wright with her decorated mini-Christmas cakes at Lismore's Christmas Market

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Makers community-wide have been putting on alternative Christmas events of homespun crafts and produce.

Crafters and producers on Lismore took to the Great Outdoors to showcase their wares from scented soaps to seasonal wreaths, homemade chocolates to weaving, chutneys, island-reared meat to Dutch apple cakes and festive topped fruitcakes.

Inside the heritage centre, German-style sausages were on the menu to fuel up shoppers on a merry spending spree.

Watercolour artist Noelle Odling with some of her work from Lismore
Eva and Sebastion Tombs with their chutneys and home-reared beef from the island of Lismore
Lismore creative and weaver Katy Crossan
Making festive wreaths at Lismore’s Christmas Market were Emma Walker and Sadie Gilchrist
Roxanne MacColl with her handmade soaps, creams and balms on Lismore
Lights switch on at the old school in Bonawe, marking the start of Ardchattan’s Christmas. Photograph: Chris Lavis-Jones

At all the events, Covid guidelines were followed with social distancing kept in mind and masks being worn.

Over on Luing, the Atlantic Island Centre hosted an indoor market with buyers having to pre-book slots.

Not Just Desserts also organised an outdoor market at Barcaldine and the community of Ardchattan celebrated the start of the run-up to Christmas with the switching on of lights outside the old Bonawe school, with people looking forward to seeing the building transformed into a bustling community centre.