Salisbury’s popular Christmas market is in its traditional home of the Guildhall Square from Thursday, November 29, to Saturday, December 22, with other seasonal flavourings.

The market, operated by Salisbury Business Improvement District (BID) and has become a firm favourite of shoppers from near and far, and a highlight of the city’s festive calendar for the past seven years.

The aim is to ensure the city is a great place to spend time at Christmas.

The 2017 event helped attract more than a million visitors to the city during an extended 30-day run and was again recognised as one of Britain’s Best Christmas Markets by the Daily Telegraph.

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Wiltshire Council approved a plan to extend the Christmas market into the Close, but BID Chief Executive Robin McGowan said: “With the unprecedented impact of the major incident in the city, and various planning requirements, we made the difficult decision not to proceed this year. We must devote our resources wisely to ensure the coming Christmas season in the city is successful. We are grateful for the ongoing support of the Cathedral in this approach.”

The Christmas market features chalets selling quality gifts, and has plus live music, choirs and workshops, a food and drink quarter and an annual lantern procession.

Christmas activities in other parts of the city centre could also help boost city businesses in the wake of the March incident.

Salisbury BID is working closely with the recovery group to attract additional funds to help market the city to a wider audience.

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