10 November 2015

A traditional Christmas is the main theme for festive shopping in Sheffield this year, with independent traders adding an extra-special offer to city centre retail in the run-up to the big day.

As well as traders from across the UK and Europe selling a variety of gifts, jewellery, crafts and fresh produce, the Christmas market in Fargate – set to open this Friday, 13 November – will include a huge range of refreshment stalls selling hot food and drinks, including the ever-popular Sleigh Bar.

The market, housed in traditional wooden huts, runs from 10am to 6pm daily, and will also be open for late-night shopping until 8pm each Wednesday.

To make shopping even more convenient for motorists, parking will be free in Sheffield City Council-run car parks on the three Saturday afternoons in the run-up to Christmas.

From 2pm on Saturday 5, 12 and 19 December, motorists will be able to park for free in car parks in the city centre, and also in district shopping centres. The offer does not apply to privately-run car parks.

Councillor Terry Fox, cabinet member for transport and the environment at Sheffield City Council, said: “We know that one of the main attractions of out-of-town shopping centres, for drivers, is the free parking that they are able to offer.

“But many people want to come into the city centre for their Christmas shopping, not just due to the wide range of high street and independent traders, but also due to our beautiful public spaces and the range of festive activities and events on offer.

“I hope that by offering free parking after 2pm on Saturdays, people will come into the city centre to stock up on essentials, browse the festive markets and also sample a little piece of what makes Sheffield so great at Christmas time.”

Meanwhile, those visiting the city centre would be wise to pop into the Moor Market, which is the place to go for all the essentials on most people’s Christmas shopping lists – whether it’s traditional turkey, sprouts and festive ales or something a little different.

With around 80 independent traders selling a huge range of meat, fish, vegetables, beverages and fresh produce at competitive prices, the Moor Market is the place to stock up for the festive season.

After the food shopping is taken care of, the market is also the place to go for great-value quirky and unique gifts and crafts, as well as a huge range of wrapping paper, cards and accessories.

The market will be opening from 8am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday, in the run-up to Christmas, as well as on two Sundays to give shoppers even more chance to pop in and get the things they need.

On Sunday 22 November, traders will open from 10.30am to 4.30pm, to join in seasonal celebrations around the annual Christmas lights switch-on event, which will be held in the Peace Gardens from 2pm onwards that afternoon.

And on Sunday 20 December, the Moor Market will open from 10.30am to 4.30pm – ideal for those last-minute gifts or for festive food supplies.

Younger customers, meanwhile, can enjoy a full programme of Christmas activities which will take place at the market from the end of November.

Magical visitors from the North Mountain – in the form of “Frozen” characters Olaf and Anna – will come to the Moor Market between 12noon and 2pm on Saturday, 12 December and Monday, 21 December to meet and greet younger shoppers.

There will also be face painting sessions taking place at the same time on Saturday, 19 December.

But it’s not all for the children. Christmas chefs may learn a thing or two during the Hallam FM cook-off, set to be held at the market’s demo kitchen from 11am to 12noon on Saturday, 12 December.

With something for all the family this Christmas, Sheffield is the place to be for fresh food, original gifts and all the seasonal essentials, from independent traders as well as much-loved high street names.

  • This year’s Christmas lights switch-on event takes place from 2pm onwards on Sunday 22 November. The big switch will be flicked in the Peace Gardens at 5.30pm.