The annual German Christmas market has returned to Bournemouth for the seventh year in a row.
The market opened on November 13, with the square and neighbouring streets hosting a range of festive stalls offering seasonal gifts, handmade crafts and festive foods inspired by the traditional “Weihanachtsmarkt” German market.
Councillor David Smith said: “The market brings vitality, light and entertainment to Bournemouth.”
Since 2009, S & D Leisure Europe Ltd. have run and promoted the event, seeing a rise in footfall figures as well as local hotels benefitting through an increase in bookings over the Christmas period.
“I’m pleased for the local businesses to get extra trade,” said Cllr Smith. “It keeps them busy, which makes me happy.”
This year, the Alpine chalet stalls are once again joined by the popular Moose Bar, which sells authentic German mulled wine.
Among other Christmas foods such as roasted chestnuts, the BBQ Bratwurst house offers authentic German sausage.
Owner of the Silver Lady Sterling Silver Jewellery stall, Lisa Flanders, said: “The market brings such a variety of crafts that you can’t buy in the shops.
“This is my fifth year here and I enjoy getting the extra business and seeing other craft stalls.”
The event promotes a family-friendly atmosphere, with a mobile stage featuring a variety of entertainment including live bands, choirs, fire shows and magicians.
Other attractions include the Victorian merry-go-round, a traditional nativity scene and Santa’s grotto.
The Town Square is adorned with lights and decorations, as well as the Christmas tree being a central attraction, where carol singing and karaoke will take place.
The market will stay in Bournemouth until January 4 and is open from 10am until 6pm from Monday to Saturday, and 10am until 4pm on Sundays.
Due to the expected influx of business in the Square, the market will be open until 8pm from December 9.