The STREETS of Chichester will be filled with festive fun as the annual Christmas market arrives in the city from next week.
The market will last for nine days as stalls fill North Street and East Street full of gifts. There will also be a nativity set with donkeys to entertain the children and there will be carol singing throughout the week.
People will find a spectacular range of carefully selected top quality crafts, decorations, festive food and unusual, individual gifts for all your friends and family.
Paul Bishop is the organiser from Woodland Crafts, which run a variety of different events in the area.
He said: “We like to bring something different to Chichester which isn’t readily available all the time.
“We like the festive atmosphere. It’s lovely when it’s really busy. We have a nativity which is delightful. Children are always delighted by that.
“We also have Mary and Joseph outside Marks and Spencer. We just like to be able to bring something that’s very different.”
Mr Bishop said that it always proved a big success.
“We get a fantastic response from the public every year,” he said.
“It’s very well received. Although it’s a Christmas market, most of the stalls there are run by people who aren’t market traders.
“They are craftspeople who come from quite a wide area, as well as lots of local people.
“There are a lot of very nice quality things and a lot of unique things. People like to give a gift that is a bit unusual.
“They like to give something which when it’s opened shows they have given some thought to. That’s what we are all about.”
The market will run from Saturday, December 8, until Sunday, December 16. It will run from 9am until 5.30pm from Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 9am until 8pm on Thursday and from 10am until 4.30pm on Sunday.
The market is organised and managed entirely by Woodland Crafts Events Management, with co-operation from Chichester District Council and the Chichester BID team.