Snow for sale, warming mulled wine and a Santa’s grotto are among the festive treats opening at Sheffield’s Christmas market today.
Organisers say this year’s event on Fargate, which will have 42 wooden stalls, rides and a Sleigh Bar, is the biggest since it began five years ago with ten traders.
It opens from 10am today, and will sell everything from artificial snow to personalised tree decorations, and macaroons to cheeses, until Christmas Eve in six weeks.
Julie Wilson, event organiser for firm William Percival’s said 80 per cent of the traders were from Sheffield.
She added: “It has been such as a success in previous years and every year it gets bigger and better - hopefully it will meet people’s expectations.
“We hope it will help get people back into the city centre, it is a shame that so many shoppers have abandoned the city centre when there is a lot to offer, there are all the independent shops on Division Street, and this is a special experience right in the heart of the city.”
Some traders will be in place for the full six weeks of the market, and around half of the stalls will change weekly.
Traders include Sharrow jewellery creator Echo Wu from River Pearl, who is selling silver and gemstone gifts as well this year, and The Sheffield Candle Company. Other, more unusual goods include olives, blankets, beer, fudge and coffee - as well as a noodle bar.
Dani Percival, of Chapeltown, runs the Santa’s grotto and said it is usually visited by between 3,000 and 4,000 children over the six weeks.
She added: “We try to give every child a good amount of time with Santa.”
The market will be open until 6pm, apart from Wednesdays when it is 8pm.