Live music and dancing are among the attractions at an event to launch the new St Albans Christmas Charter Market. The stalls on Market Place will be set up every day, rather than just Wednesday and Saturday, from Sunday 15 December until Christmas Eve.
The Charter Market will open this Sunday (15) with a free entertainment programme from 10am to 4.30pm with something to suit people of all ages. The acts will perform in a marquee in front of the Museum + Gallery, close to the illuminated carriage.
Among the performers are singers Benjamin Beechey and Grace George and rock bands Rylands Heath and The Maida Vales who will bring the event to a close at 4pm.
There will also be around 100 traders operating from market stalls, selling toys, clothes, novelty gifts, arts and crafts and many other products. Some of the traders will be coming to St Albans for the first time while there will be many regulars and old favourites.
The New Fighting Elves pop-up bar, offering mulled wine and other festive drinks, will add to the atmosphere while there will be numerous street food outlets.
The Sopwell Community Trust will be organising children’s games as well as staging traditional craft workshops. They will also be giving out Bangladeshi soup and sweets.
A number of charities will have stalls to promote and explain their work throughout the market’s festive season. At the launch event, Herts Wildlife Trust and Herts Young Homeless will be present.
This is the first time that the Christmas Charter Market, organised by St Albans City and District Council, has been launched in this way.
There is to be an encore to the Christmas Charter Market launch event with more live entertainment on Sunday 22 December. This will include a Christmas singalong with Joanna Hughes followed by local bands including Vertigo, Kaspar and the Swamp Dogs and WINK.