Chichester festive market leaves shoppers spoilt for choice

Shopper Emily Wain and Santa at the Christmas market''C111945-6 Chi Xmas Market  Photo Louise Adams

Shopper Emily Wain and Santa at the Christmas market''C111945-6 Chi Xmas Market Photo Louise Adams

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Shoppers were spoilt for choice when the city played host to its annual Christmas Market.

People looking for something a little bit different were able to browse a wide range of stalls selling everything from delicious foods produced in the Sussex region to garden accessories, nik-naks for the home as well as handmade jewellery, art and other crafts.

The event, held in East Street and North Street from Thursday to Sunday, was organised by Chichester District Council as part of its winter programme of festivities.

Over the weekend Mary and Joseph could be seen taking a stroll around the city while younger visitors could also stroke the donkeys situated at the live nativity in East Street, which was sponsored collectively by the churches of Chichester.

A spokeswoman for Chichester District Council said: “The Christmas Market went really well this year, with a lovely atmosphere in the city.

“We had 23,000 more people visiting the market over the weekend than last year.

“Lots of visitors enjoyed the live nativity again this year.

“Stallholders have reported good sales from the market and although the weather was terrible for late-night shopping on the Thursday, there were still plenty of shoppers enjoying the festive spirit.”