Sheffield City Council give update on this year’s Christmas Market and festive bar

Sheffield City Council has provided updates on this year’s autumn and winter events, including Out of This World and the big Christmas Light Switch-on.

Monday, 26th October 2020, 3:50 pm

Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, confirmed both Out of This World and the big Christmas Light Switch-on have been cancelled for 2020, while the Fargate Christmas Market will also not return.

There will be no Thor’s Tipi Bar in the Peace Gardens or festive bar on Fargate either – but Sheffield will still be dressed in festive lights and decorations to celebrate the season.

Cllr Lea said: “The current infection levels and resulting ‘Very High’ restrictions mean it is impossible for us to safely hold the kind of large-scale events that we normally would during annual holiday periods.

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The Christmas Market on Fargate is a popular part of festivities in Sheffield.

“We will continue to plan on the basis that our exciting event programme will be back next year and, in the meantime, we must all play our part to help get Sheffield out of our current situation.”

Out of This World usually takes place across the city centre on Halloween weekend, celebrating all things magic, sci-fi and horror. It is hoped the family favourite will return in 2021.

The Council has also advised against trick or treating this year.

Cllr Lea added: “I know it’s difficult and that we all need some cheer in our lives at the moment, but we must adhere to the guidance to keep the infection rate down and our city open."

The Council’s autumn and winter events normally attract tens of thousands of residents and visitors from outside the region each year.