European-style Christmas fair about to start

Leighs European-style Christmas will run until November 19
Leighs European-style Christmas will run until November 19

Leythers will be able to get the festive season under way in style when a continental Christmas market opens next week.

Wigan Council is staging the European-style carnival in the town centre following the huge success of two international street markets in the town.

Festive markets are the perfect place for people to get in the Christmas mood.

Coun David Molyneux

Stalls will line the length of Bradshawgate for two weeks, with the market opening on Monday and the event running until Saturday, November 19.

The market is coming to Leigh thanks to operators Groupe Geraud, which run the events inspired by the hugely-popular Christmas events in the German-speaking world across Europe.

The firm organised the two street markets in Leigh and is delighted to be returning to the town for the festive season.

John McInnes, business development manager at Groupe Geraud, commented: “We’re really happy to be working with Wigan Council for the third time, this time to deliver a fantastic festive event.

“Our first two events were extremely successful and we’re sure the upcoming festive market will be the same.”

Organisers are promising a festive treat for visitors and residents alike, with hot and cold food on offer and a huge range of hand-crafted products and gift ideas on sale.

Festival-goers will be able to munch on mouth-watering festive goodies such as seasonal gingerbread, crumbles and crepes while enjoying continental cuisine including German bratwurst sausages.

Beers and mulled wine will also be on offer to help drive away any winter blues caused by the approaching drop in temperatures.

Artisan businesses will bring along an assortment of stocking fillers, with potential presents for all the family on offer.

Coun David Molyneux, Wigan Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “We are very excited to be bringing festive markets to Leigh and I cannot wait to see Bradshawgate full of people enjoying the markets.

“Festive markets are the perfect place for people to get in the Christmas mood.

“I’m sure residents from the borough and further afield will enjoy tasting the delightful festive foods and sipping a glass of mulled wine on a crisp winter evening. It will also be a great place to pick up that special Christmas gift.

“At Wigan Council we are committed to supporting our town centres as destinations for shoppers and visitors to enjoy and the Christmas markets are a great part of that offer.”

Leigh Christmas Market opens on Monday and runs until Saturday, November 19. The event is open from 10.30am until 6pm Monday to Wednesday, 10.30am until 7pm Thursday to Saturday and 11am until 5pm on Sunday. Entry is free.