BROMSGROVE Christmas Market opened this morning and will run from 9am to 4pm today (Friday) and between 9am and 6pm tomorrow (Saturday) in the High Street.
The event boasts stalls from local crafters, charities and community groups.
Stalls are at the top end of town, outside The Old Post Office and Argos and residents are urged to go along and support local traders, charities and entertainers.
There are plenty of lovely home-made gifts, produce and decorations on both days, including pre-loved jeans by The Denim Upcycler, personalised pet gifts from My Little Pink Shed and locally produced apple juice and honey from Fruitfields Orchard.
Other traders include jewellery from Romsley Gems, winter wreaths and dried fruit decorations from Panache Gifts, decorative vases and sewn goods from Charming Creations.
My Treasure Toys will be selling vegan wooden homewares, Bohoe Joes Arts and Crafts will be showcasing their upcycled decorations and jewellery, Dragonfly Crafts will have crystals, jewellery, candles and clothing for sale and Lulu in Stitches’ stall will contain handbags and decorations.
Charity stalls include Cancer Research UK, the crafters from St Basils and the fund-raising team from St John’s church.
The official opening was conducted by Bromsgrove Town Crier Kevin Ward.
Jane Jefferson from St Basil’s, which has a tombola stall, said: “The Christmas Market has been going for eight years now and we’ve been to every one.
“We love the community spirit and it raises the profile of St Basil’s in the Bromsgrove area.
“Everyone also always gives so generously.”
Greg from Fruitfields said: “We’ve been here from the start and come back every year – we always look forward to it.
“We want to say a big thank you to all the organisers who make it happen and everyone who comes down – we get such tremendous support.”
Tomorrow’s Christmas lights switch-on
Tomorrow will be the annual Christmas lights switch-on at 5pm after a day of live entertainment and more.
The markets will be buzzing all day with fairground rides and performances from local choirs, including Bromsgrove Community Choir, Got2Sing and Rock Choir, along with music from local singers, Sounds of Steel and Vintage Class Singers who will perform the ever-popular countdown to the switch-on.
There will be street entertainers along the High Street with Steve Kaos joining the fun in the Christmas Markets, plus street food burgers and Betty’s Waffles.
Blackwell Concert Band will perform and there will be festive characters, including Christmas elves and fairies, to meet.
Bromsgrove District Council chairman, Coun Sam Ammar will push the plunger at 5pm to illuminate the town.
Blackwell Concert Band will perform and there will be festive characters to meet, including Christmas elves and fairies.