Dickensian Christmas Market & Craft Fayre
RAISING MONEY FOR: SENIORS' COMMUNITY PARTY
Back again on 10th December 2023
Wetherby town centre became a hive of activity on Sunday 11th December last year when the long-established annual 'Dickensian Christmas Market and Craft Fayre' took pride of place.
The increasingly popular event, now with the restyled 'Artisan Market', thrilled the crowds with its multiple festive attractions and vast array of products and crafts on sale. Organisers, Wetherby District Lions Club and 'Little Bird Markets', saw the Market Place packed with local artisan traders showcasing their handmade goods and products. Together with a really brisk trade of the Craft Fayre event in the Town Hall, this year 'Bee-Crafty Market' assisted us by bringing along their stallholders; the whole event was 'buzzing' !
The event, which began at 9.00 am, was officially opened an hour later by the celebrity presenter Christine Talbot and Wetherby Town Mayor Councillor Neil O'Byrne. Santa arrived after the short speeches to the delight of the long queues of families and their children who formed outside his seasonally decorated grotto. Another major attraction was Casper and Rollo, the two Alpacas from Elmet Alpacas in Sherburn, who helped Santa's reindeer by coming along in their place.
Throughout the day festive music was provided by Wetherby Silver Band, Collingham Music Association, Wetherby Musical Theatre Group Choir, the Rock Choir and the school choirs of St Josephs and Crossley Street with many local charities having stalls at the market displaying their local festive wares.
“We work hard to make the 'Dickensian Christmas Market' the one event that really brings Wetherby people of all ages together in the most festive setting", says Wetherby Lions President, Tim Ritson. “This year’s event did not disappoint and proved what a great community we have in Wetherby, and how well they support local causes.”