Heighington Christmas market was started many years ago. After running as a small market to raise money for charity (and then taking a few years break), the Christmas market was resurrected in December 2005.
Taking place on either the first Sunday in December or last Sunday in November, our traditional street market is run by a small committee of volunteers, ably assisted by ‘friends’ – people who give their time to help on the day. These include stall erectors, traffic assistants and parking attendants. The market could not run without the backing of the local community, who are not only patient and accommodating with the hustle and bustle on the day, (and also help with donating our electricity for the stalls in some cases!) but also provide a lovely, welcoming community feel to the occasion.
ttThe market has grown over the years and now boasts a good reputation and some 100 stalls offering food, gifts and other crafts for Christmas. Alongside this we have a kids zone with rides, Santa, soft play for the tots and more; we also have a stage (courtesy of Branston Potatoes) with live music and a great selection of street food. Planning starts in January and continues right up to the day – it’s always strange talking about Christmas when people are planning summer holidays! However, while the committee might be focused on festivities many months in advance, we are always looking for more ‘friends’ to assist on the date itself, and would love to hear from you if you are interested.
The market is not for profit, and fully self financing. It is our aim to benefit the local community as much as possible; from having a small number of local charity stalls (and donating to charities where possible – in the past these have included “Listening Ears,” “Wish Upon A star”, the local Hospitals Midwifery appeal, LIVES, RAFA and Help for Heroes) to trying to involve local groups and our wonderful primary school; our local businesses also benefit from the market along with the stall holders (many of whom are local crafts people with small businesses, and of course we offer both local residents and visitors a great day out!
Please take a look around our site to find out more information on this year’s market, and keep up to date with all our news and updates on our Facebook page. Hope you can join us at the market!
(all images reproduced courtesy of Life Lived Photograpy)