City of Wolverhampton’s Victorian Christmas Market at the weekend saw visitor figures double on last year to more than 30,000.
Following the success of the inaugural market in the Wulfruna Street area of the city in 2017, the decision was taken to move it to Queen Square, Dudley Street and Lichfield Street.
It is estimated the three-day market, from December 14 to 16, generated over £500,000 for the local business economy – and it will return next year.
Families enjoyed the festive fun and snapped up Christmas goodies from more than 100 stalls during the three-day market, delivered by City of Wolverhampton Council’s approved market operator, LSD Promotions.
The whole event was set to the backdrop of a funfair and the offer included a variety of traditional and international street food, local produce, seasonal handcrafted and home-baked goodies, bespoke Christmas decorations and holly wreaths, festive novelties and exclusive gifts, accessories and jewellery.
Entertainment included street artists, choirs, vocalists, instrumental performances, dance displays, living statues and Victorian themed stilt walkers.
Organiser Dermot McGillicuddy, LSD Promotions Director, said: “The Victorian Christmas Market saw more than 30,000 visitors over the three days and the operational team were very pleased with how everything went.
“The atmosphere was wonderful, and the people of Wolverhampton really seem to have taken this annual market into their hearts.
“We are already receiving trader and entertainment enquiries for next year, and I’d like to thank everyone at the council for their support in making this happen.”
City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Environment, Councillor Steve Evans, added: “We are determined to grow and build the Victorian Christmas Market – and to double our visitor numbers in a year is great news for the City of Wolverhampton.
“It was the largest festive market the city has seen and it was wonderful to see it attract thousands of visitors – and boost the local economy.
“There was a great atmosphere around the market over the three days with people of all ages enjoying a variety of stalls offering festive goodies, plenty of food and drink, and fun activities at this special time of year.
“We are already now looking at ways we can make it even bigger and better next winter.”