EXOTIC gifts will be on offer to Sheffield’s shoppers alongside the usual festive fare at the annual city centre Christmas market.
Moroccan stallholders will be setting up alongside the traditional market, which begins on November 16.
The two markets, on Fargate, will offer a selection of handmade crafts including ceramics, jewellery and carvings, along with a mixture of international foods for shoppers to feast on while they browse.
Fresh gingerbreads, cakes, confectionery and specialist meats are just some of the edible delights.
A traditional bar will be nestled in the heart of the market and visitors can enjoy a festive line-up of entertainment.
Aziz Afkir, organiser of the Moroccan market, said: “We have visited Sheffield before but this will be our first time at Christmas.
“The local people are always fantastic and really want to immerse and engage themselves in Moroccan culture, so this year we are particularly excited about being a part of Sheffield’s Christmas celebrations.”
Moroccan stalls were last on Fargate as part of a Moroccan/Tunisian market last November, but a separate Tunisian market was held a fortnight ago.
The markets begin two days before the Christmas lights switch-on, on Sunday, November 18.
Celebrity guests are being invited to perform at the ceremony – although their identities have not yet been revealed.
Well-known children’s characters will be out and about meeting young visitors to the switch-on celebrations.
And during the weeks before Christmas, Santa will be in his grotto at the Peace Gardens’ Magical Winter Wonderland.
The Winter Garden will take on the look of an enchanted forest, while late night shopping will return every Wednesday from November 21.
Coun Isobel Bowler, Sheffield Council cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said: “The delights of the Moroccan and Christmas markets, added to the convenience of late night shopping, make Sheffield city centre the perfect place to come to stock up on gifts for everyone’s stocking this Christmas.
“People can enjoy the variety of Christmas activities planned throughout the city, get into the festive spirit, and fall in love with Christmas all over again.”
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