City of Wolverhampton's inaugural Victorian Christmas Market has been hailed a success - and will return next year on 14, 15 and 16 December.

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More than 15,000 people attended the event in the heart of the city from Friday to Sunday - generating around £200,000 for the local business economy.

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 Victorian 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, chimney sweeps, dance displays, and Victorian themed stilt walkers.

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Environment, Councillor Steve Evans, said: "This 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 now intend to build on the success of this year when the market returns next winter."

Organiser Dermot McGillicuddy, LSD Promotions Director, added: "We are proud to have helped the council deliver such a fabulous event, which we hope will be the first of many over the years."

Comments on the Victorian Christmas Market on the Wolverhampton Today Facebook page included:

Nathan Webb - Well done Wolverhampton council. Making great strides to move city in a positive direction

Angela Biddle- Had a lovely time here yesterday, beats the German market hands down

Lynda Eyton - Wolverhampton is working really hard to improve its retail and entertainment offer. It's coming on in leaps and bounds. The market is great. Well done Wolves

To see a gallery of images from the Victorian Christmas Market, visit Type=links;Linkid=9966;Title=Flickr;Target=_blank;.

  • released: Monday 18 December, 2017