Now and then photos of what the Fargate Christmas Market was like in past years and today.

Eerie photographs show Fargate in Sheffield where Christmas Market would normally be

Sheffield’s much loved Christmas Market would normally be in full swing by now as the city prepared for 'the most wonderful time of year'.

Friday, 27th November 2020, 12:30 pm

But as these eerie photos show, this festive season is set to be very different, as the continuing coronavirus crisis hit the city’s Christmas plans.

Gone are the wooden huts of years gone where traders sell all manner of Christmas fayre, while the ever-popular Alpine and Thor’s Tipi bars are nowhere to be seen.

The markets attract thousands of people to the city over the festive period, and bring in hundreds of thousands of pounds to the city centre economy.

But Sheffield Council have promised the markets will return in 2021, by which time the pandemic will hopefully be a distant memory.

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