The Deputy Mayor of Peterborough is set to switch on the Christmas lights at Peterborough City Market as shoppers gear up for the festive season.
Councillor Nazim Khan will turn on the illuminations on Friday, November 20 at 3.30pm.
The occasion will also mark the launch of a competition to win a Christmas hamper stuffed full of treats supplied by stalls at the market, and personally delivered to the winner by the mayor.
The market, which boasts 85 independent stalls, will be open during its normal opening hours up until 4pm on Christmas Eve.
Gary Wright, markets development manager for Peterborough City Council, said: “The Christmas lights will bring a wonderful, festive atmosphere to the market on top of the unique buzz that it has all year round. The market is always a great place to pick up gifts and our hamper competition gives people even more reason to shop here in the run up to Christmas.”
People will enter the draw by filling in an entry card at any of the market’s 85 stalls before midday on Friday, December 18 and depositing the completed card in one of the boxes distributed around the market.
The city market, found between Northminster (the main entrance), Laxton Square, Cattle Market Road and Market Way, features a vast range of products all year round.
Shoppers can find Christmas items from cards, decorations and stocking fillers to seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables and, of course, the all-important turkey and trimmings.
Leading up to Christmas Day, the market will be open as normal - Tuesday to Saturday, from 8.30am to 4pm. Selected stalls will also be open for two extra days on Sunday, December 20 (10am-4pm) and Monday, December 21 (8.30am-4pm).
Parking in the multi-storey adjacent to the market costs just 50p for the first hour. For more information about the market, visit www.peterborough.gov.uk/citymarket.