Kelham Island Museum Christmas Market

The snow queen at Kelham Island Museum Christmas Market

The snow queen at Kelham Island Museum Christmas Market

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A warm Dickensian welcome awaits visitors to the museum’s 24th annual Victorian market. The popular event returns on Saturday from 10am to 7pm and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Visitors wander the gas lamp-lit cobbled streets to browse more thanr 130 bustling market stalls, watch festive entertainment and try warming food and drinks.

From its humble beginnings as a community market, the event has grown significantly and welcomes around 15,000 visitors two days.

Emphasis is placed on Sheffield-made and handmade goods and the promotion of traditional crafts and skills and local creatives and performers.

Local artists, craftspeople and artisans include Little Mesters Stan Shaw and Pete Goss. At 90 this year, Stan Shaw is the oldest Little Mester still working in the city.

Festive food offers tastes from around the world, plus mulled wine and a prosecco bar. There’s a fairground with vintage flying chairs, a Victorian music hall stage with brass bands, choirs, folk singers and variety acts. Wandering living history Dickensian characters include mischievous Victorian pickpockets, there’s a snow queen on stilts, the Sheffield Giants and morris dancers.

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