Shoppers flocked in their thousands to Farnham’s Christmas market on Sunday (11 December), seeking out gifts with a difference and stocking up on festive foodie treats.

Organised by Farnham Town Council and incorporating December’s Farmers’ Market, the Christmas market comprised some 200 stalls, packed to the brim with unusual Christmas presents, ranging from handmade jewellery and textiles to organic scented candles and reindeer skins, plus food and drink gifts such as locally produced gin, Christmas hampers and fudge. Shoppers could also find all the key ingredients for festive meals and celebrations within the Farmers’ Market.

“It was a joy to see Farnham town centre buzzing with people on Sunday. The quality and range of things to buy was excellent so many of us were able to tick things off our Christmas shopping lists in plenty of time before the big day,” says Councillor John Ward, Mayor of Farnham.

Councillor Ward continued: “The market is great for our local economy, bringing in customers to permanent retailers as well as to visiting stallholders. It also gives consumers the chance to buy locally rather than just go online. I’d like to thank our sponsors, Specsavers and Kidd Rapinet solicitors, for helping the Town Council put on the market.”

The market took over Castle Street and Central car park and also incorporated the Mercure Bush Hotel where Father Christmas set up his grotto for the day. “I saw many of Farnham’s boys and girls,” said Santa, “and am pleased to report they have all been behaving well. I’ll be reading through their letters over the coming weeks to make sure I’ve not missed anything before I load up my sleigh!”

A nativity of real animals was set up in the hotel car park, bringing delight to children of all ages and adults too.

The markets were free to enter, making it a low cost day out for many and an opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit. With such a large number of people visiting the town centre, assistance from the 1st Rowledge Guides, dressed as elves, in directing shoppers around the market was appreciated by many.

Always a popular event, the Farmers’ Market was even busier than usual as food lovers stocked up on local organic and free range produce and prepared goods such as cakes, breads and chutneys.

With less than two weeks to go until Christmas Day, there is still plenty going on in Farnham to keep residents feeling festive. Look out for the hidden camel competition and visit our Christmas pages to find out where to visit Father Christmas.

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