Back again to jingle your bells and get you in the spirit of the season, it’s the Ipswich Christmas Market!
Scores of stalls selling yuletide food, drink, decorations and presents will line the streets, as well as a bar, hot food stands and even a funfair for the young and young at heart.
The market will be covering Princes Street and Giles Square, plus the regular Cornhill Market will be out in force.
Saturday 9 December is our main event – we’re packing more Christmas cheer than a cracker full of Brussels sprouts on our performance stage.
Plus, on Saturday we’ll be hosting a children’s craft fair 12-4pm, letting your kids tuck in to all things Christmassy. They’ll even get a visit from Father Christmas, and our fantastic professional photographer can take a picture of you little ones meeting Santa himself!*
Live Performers – Saturday 9 December
Roma – Ipswich’s singing sensation, just 12 years old, is performing her charity single
The Dream Team fairy tale princesses – A local troupe of princesses hosting sing-a-longs, story time and princess lessons
Ipswich Hospital Band – Ipswich’s own eight-piece brass band with a sharp look and great sound
Ipswich Guitar School – The hear the best students in Ipswich take to the stage
The VIP’s – An all-male Barbershop chorus singing a cappella pop hits just as the market turns twinkly
Traders & Vendors – Friday 8 – Saturday 10 December
|Good Food Village – Succulent sausages tucked into a foot long fresh baguette and exploding with taste||Little Treasures – Handmade products including signs, wooden animals and Christmas decorations|
|Expressos – Hot and cold drinks available, plus treats for those with a sweeter tooth||Bhandari Indian Crafts – Charming handmade Indian cotton throws, notebooks and gifts|
|Churros Ole – Delicious traditional Spanish churros served with hot dipping chocolate||Ryan Jepson Cheeses – A wide range of fresh cut cheeses, biscuits, cakes and butter|
|CaterEast – Fresh Thai curries to make your winter warmer||Direct Beers – Ales and ciders with novelty names|
|Spiral Fries – Delicious curly potato served on a stick||Vintage Paradise – Vinatge clothing, scarves, ponchos and jewellery|
|Mobile Event Catering UK Ltd – Bratwurst, bockwurst, currywurst, the best of the ‘wursts||Promotion of the Dogs Trust ‘Sponsor a dog’ campaign – from Charity Link|
|I Just Wanna Candy – Imported American candies and sodas, plus gift baskets||Simon Bonsai – Pick your very own Bonsai tree and accessories|
|Saluti Events & Catering Ltd – Mulled wine available to keep you toasty||Iris Import – Bracelets, jackets, ponchos, t-shirts, hats and gloves; all lovingly handmade|
|PK Spices – Caribbean jerk chicken vegetarian curry on offer to spice up the snowy season||Pirate’s Grog Rum – Handcrafted gift chests, bottles and hot & cold cocktails all made using their award-winning boutique rum|
|Oriolo – Eclectic jewellery from around the world in contemporary designs using modern and traditional techniques||Blue Light Flashers, East of England Ambulance Service – Naked calendar from EEAS, raising money for St. Elizabeth Hospice & Woolverstone Macmillan Centre|
|Yum Yum Tree Fudge – Luxury gift-wrapped fudge, perfect for presents||Bromley & Co – Cards and gifts from the central Ipswich outlet|
|55 Above – Artisan British spirits distilled using traditional copper pots and the purest ingredients||Suffolk Shots – Landscape photography of Suffolk and beyond, selling mounted and framed prints|
|The German Chocolate Co – Beautiful German chocolates filled with marshmallow||JFD Trading – Lego gifts for the young and young at heart|
|Barkers of Suffolk Ltd – Unique, freshly baked and hand decorated dog treats||Ipswich Fit – Providers of swimming pools, fitness classes, sports courts and gyms to Ipswich – come and see their seasonal sports games|
*Professional photograph with Santa in workshop is an optional additional £5