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Dickensian Christmas Market & Craft Fayre


Back again on 8th December 2024

Wetherby town centre became a hive of activity on Sunday 10th December last year when the long-established annual 'Dickensian Christmas Market and Craft Fayre' took pride of place.

Despite the changeable weather, this 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.  The organisers - Wetherby District Lions Club and 'Little Bird Markets' - saw the Market Place and The Shambles packed with local artisan traders and charity stalls showcasing their handmade goods and products.  A really brisk trade at the Craft Fayre event in the Town Hall was thanks to 'Bee-Crafty Market' who 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 Dawn Payne.  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. 

Throughout the day festive music was provided by Wetherby Silver Band, Collingham Music Association, Wetherby Musical Theatre Group Choir, the Yorkshire Voices 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, Martin Doxey.  “This year’s event did not disappoint and proved what a great community we have in Wetherby, and how well they support local causes.”


Wetherby Lions also presented their annual 'Wetherby Townsperson of the Year Award' at the event; the winner announced on the day was Kazia Knight.   Go to our webpage here to vote for next year’s recipient.

Thanks to Tammy at 'Zoom-in Photography' on 0784 255 5484 for the photos.


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