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Leicester's Christmas Market - Saturday 1 December to Monday 24 December 2018
Posted on: 21.06.2018 by Leicester City Council
'We're Seeking Traders Who Would Like To Be Part Of A Bigger And Better Event'
Leicestershire | 21.06.2018
Leicester's Christmas Market - Saturday 1 December to Monday 24 December 2018

Leicester's Christmas Market - Saturday 1 December to Monday 24 December 2018

Last year we hosted our first ever Christmas Market at New Market Square. This year's market will take place from Saturday 1 December to Monday 24 December 2018. We're seeking traders who would like to be part of a bigger and better event.

What will be different this year?
 
The Christmas Market will be at the heart of Leicester's events programme this year. It will offer high quality gifts, crafts and decorations, providing a festive atmosphere with mulled wine and a selection of food and snacks. The 2018 market will be bigger than last year’s event, with around 45 stalls. With an improved layout, the event will take place in Leicester’s New Market Square, where a brand new screen at the rear of the Corn Exchange will help create a festive backdrop for the Alpine-style chalets.
 
Access to the Christmas Market will be improved. A new wide and welcoming entrance will link the market with the Christmas attractions in Leicester’s Town Hall Square, and better signage will encourage more footfall through the market area. The Christmas Market will benefit from being close to Jubilee Square, where a real ice rink – which attracted more than 25,000 skaters last year - will be in place. Pedestrian links between the two attractions will be better signposted this year. 
 
What are we looking for?
 
We are seeking traders who can offer high quality Christmas gifts, crafts and decorations. We are particularly keen to attract local and independent traders offering quirky and unique products. 
 
The Christmas Market will be supported by an active marketing campaign including social media, on street signage, extensive advertising and improved Christmas decorations. The market will also be supported by specific activities that will animate the space using performers and musicians and dedicated play facilities for younger children.
 
Where and when?
 
New Market Square is a new event space that complements Leicester’s historic market area. It adjoins the Grade II* listed Corn Exchange, a contemporary food hall, and the city’s 700-year-old outdoor market.
 
Christmas Market duration Location Chalet opening times (subject to change)
 
Saturday 1 to Monday 24 December 2018 New Market Square Monday to Wednesday: 11am - 7pm
Thursday to Saturday: 11am - 8pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm
 
Can't commit to the full duration? (does not apply to hot food) - If you cannot commit to the full 24 days, that’s not a problem, we offer weekly rentals.
 
A bond of £50 per trading week will be required.  This will be refunded after the Christmas market if all terms and conditions have been adhered too. If you are interested in this option and need more information please contact sonya.spink@leicester.gov.uk  or adam.piotrowski@leicester.gov.uk or call us on 0116 454 3185.
 
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