More than 40 stallholders are due to bring their designs and vintage collections to an alternative Christmas Market in Preston.Advertisement
Preston City Council says many of the traders signed up are part of the Etsy Made Local website – selling independently made Christmas gifts.
Stalls are to include jewellery, prints, chocolates, home accessories, and cupcakes with prices starting from £1 for some items.
The market, which is running in the upper floor of Preston’s Indoor Market, is on from Friday 2 December to Sunday 4 December. It is free to attend.
Leader of the city council councillor Peter Rankin said: “A Christmas fair on this scale has never been done before at the market. It will be great to see designers and makers from across the region selling alongside our market traders. The additional activities and entertainment will add to the weekend, ensuring a festive atmosphere to be enjoyed by all.
“Hopefully the fair will bring a new audience into the market and create renewed awareness too of our existing traders, the products they sell and the plans for the new market.”
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Alongside the market there are a number of childrens’ activities planned.
The Christmas Market runs from 10am to 4pm each day.
Father Christmas is due to visit in his grotto in the lower market. He’ll be there from 11am to 3pm each day.
Cake decorating demonstrations on how to ice the perfect Christmas cake are running at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm on Friday and Saturday, then 1.30pm on Sunday.
You can find more information on the Alternative Christmas Market on the city council website.
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