The popular Arnold Christmas Market is to return to to the town centre later this month and promises to be the biggest event yet.
This year the market is expanding to two days, the festivities will now run on Friday 24 and Saturday, November 25 with more stalls than ever, selling Christmas gifts, food and drinks.
There will be a two-tier bar and a stage with entertainment for all the family to enjoy including Christmas carols, local entertainers, bands and singers on Eagle Square.
There will also be rides and amusements to keep the children entertained supplied by local events company Mellors Group.
The market has been organised by local business Button Moon and starts from 2pm-9pm on the Friday and from 10am-7pm on the Saturday.
The market stalls are starting from Eagle Square all the way up Front Street to Croft Road. Local businesses in the centre are also being encouraged to stay open late on both of those days for late night shopping as large crowds are expected. Arnold Methodist Church will also be running an Advent Craft Fair from 9.30am to 3.30pm on the Saturday.
As well as the market stalls there will be a Christmas light switch on. The Arnold Local Area Forum has organised the switch on event on the Friday evening with Santa arriving on his sleigh at 5.45pm and the Mayor of Gedling switching on the Christmas lights at 6.10pm. The event will be accompanied by carols sung by local schools and the Arnold Methodist Youth Band.
Leader of the Council, Councillor John Clarke said: “This promises to be a great event for the residents of Arnold and the surrounding areas to enjoy. The event went so well last year that it has been expanded to two days and we expect a high number of people to come along, enjoy the festivities and spend money in the town. A big thank you must also go to the local community and businesses who have been involved in helping the council organise the event.”
Jonathon Burkin from Button Moon said: “We’re really looking forward to the Christmas Market this year. Last year was such a success with such a festive atmosphere. We’re hoping to create that and more this year too and Button Moon is delighted to be part of it.”
James Mellors from Mellors Group said: “As Arnold residents ourselves, we are delighted to be involved in helping to grow the Arnold Christmas Market. We hope that residents and visitors will enjoy this year’s expanded event.”
For a full list of all the Christmas events taking place across Gedling visit www.gedling.gov.uk/christmas