Christmas has come to the award-winning Shrewsbury Market Hall with festive late nights and a wealth of independent retailers to shop for locally produced food and drink and quality gifts with a difference for all the family.
The market hall is throwing a series of ‘Winter Warmers’, every Wednesday until December 14 for late night shopping and food and drink.
The market’s last popular Saturday Late Night of the year will take place on December 3. Cafes, bars, street food venues and a selection of retail stalls will open late. Bars open until 10pm, cafes open until 9pm and retail stalls open up to 8pm.
Meanwhile, Wednesday Winter Warmers see gift stalls, cafes and bars open up to 8pm, and shoppers, who buy from one of the market’s retailers before 6pm, will receive a voucher for mulled wine and a complimentary mince pie, served 5pm to 6pm.
There will even be appearances from Disney characters to entertain children on November 30 and December 7.
On November 30, Elsa and Olaf, characters from the Disney movie Frozen, will be in residence to meet youngsters. December 7 will see characters Belle and Adam, from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, pay a visit. A children’s Santa discovery trail will weave through the market too.
The last Winter Warmer falls on Wednesday December 14, the night of Shrewsbury’s Carols in The Square, and the market is planning to broadcast the event live.
“Our Winter Warmers see gifts stalls open late, selling gifts for all the family, artisan decorations, Christmas cards, wrapping paper and more and most of our cafes and bars will be open late for food and drink,” said Market Facilities Manager Kate Gittins.
To help shoppers prepare for the festive season, the market is opening every day in the week leading up to Christmas, from Monday December 19 to Christmas Eve, 8am to 4pm.
The Market Hall comes into its own, in the lead up to Christmas, as one of ‘THE’ places to shop for artisan and locally produced Christmas food and drink and gifts with a difference from a wealth of independent retailers and handcrafters.
From artist-designed baubles to children’s contemporary wooden toys and original present ideas for him and her, there are dozens of unique independent businesses to explore.
It jingles with creative independent shops, boutiques and specialists that bring something different, unique and wow to the line up of presents under the Christmas tree.
Many items are handcrafted by resident designer-makers or are sourced from small British and continental companies with creative flair, attention to detail and a passion about what they do. Find products that are sourced from suppliers that are responsible ethically and environmentally.
The market is one of the best places to buy high quality and locally-produced fresh produce, from its traditional family butchers and legendary fishmongers to its artisan delicatessen and greengrocers whose produce is raved about for its taste and freshness.