This year a historic city centre church will be hosting two of its carol services in the Moor Market.

Father Grant Naylor, of St Matthew’s Church on Carver Street, is holding two mini carol services on Saturday 16 and 23 December, at 12noon and everyone is welcome.

Father Naylor and his congregation have built up close links with the Market and this year they have set up a Christmas chapel with a nativity scene and a space for prayers.

Father Naylor, said: ”The Moor Market is a really amazing place with fantastic people. At Christmas Christians believe that God came among us and shared in our life.

“As a parish church we want to share in the life of all our parishioners including the market stall holder and customers. It is a joy to be involved in the life of this great city institution.”

With Christmas around the corner the Moor Market is also counting down with festive workshops for children and a large Advent Calendar that gives people a chance to win a prize from the market. Prizes still left include sausages, pet treats, chocolates and a blow dry or hairdo.

For anyone who is already dreading what do with turkey leftovers, a cookery demonstration by Moor Market nutritionist Hannah Bailey, next Saturday 23 December, will teach people how to make a turkey and sausage pasta.

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure, said: “We are really grateful to Father Naylor for choosing to bring his services to the Market. I hope anyone who hears of it will come and join in.

“These activities round off what has been a brilliant year for the Market.

“The number of people coming to the markets has remained positive and the number of stalls opening in the market has reached its highest since it moved to the Moor and occupancy currently stands at 91 per cent.

“Joining the market community is a new Thai café, a crepe stall and a Macmillan drop in centre.

“We would like to extend our thanks and a Happy Christmas and New Year to the traders and customers, without whom we would not achieved this success.”

Moor Market will be open until Christmas Eve, and reopen on 27 December.

Details about the activities can be found on their Facebook page,