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Barrow Christmas market to bring a festive boost

BARROW will become a winter wonderland when town centre streets are taken over by a Christmas market this December.

EM Dalton road chalet graphic
WINTER WONDERLAND: An artist’s impression of Barrow’s Dalton Road and how it might look if snow falls during the three-day Christmas market spectacular

The Evening Mail has joined forces with Barrow Borough Council to organise a festive spectacular over a three-day period.

It will start at noon on Friday December 9, when traditional log cabins lining Dalton Road, selling food and traditional gifts, will open for business.

And there will be a full festive programme of entertainment on a stage at the Spirit of Barrow statue, where Dalton Road and Portland Walk meet.

Ann Taylforth, Barrow town centre and festivals manager said: “Christmas is a magical time, but not only for children. The Christmas Market will help everyone get into the festive spirit with Santa and his reindeers for the children and yummy festive food and mulled wine for mum and dad.

“The town centre will be the focus of activity with charming wooden chalets in Dalton Road and festive entertainment not only in Dalton Road but also in the Town Square.

“The Christmas Market is being supported by the council and Barrow Traders’ Association. The novelty and entertainment will help attract shoppers to Barrow Town Centre on a crucial shopping weekend in the run-up to Christmas to the benefit of local businesses.”

Many town centre stores will be open for late-night shopping on the Friday, and shops across the town and the indoor market will be open on Sunday December 11.

One of the highlights of the three-day event will be the Santa Parade, sponsored by Ross Estate Agents, which will set off from Abbey Road and see Father Christmas and his reindeer snake through the town centre to the town hall.

David Sharpe, managing director of Ross Estate Agents, said: “As soon as we heard about the Christmas markets we had to be involved. It is all well and good people calling for more events in Barrow, but it is a case of supporting them when they come along which is important, and we are delighted to do so.”

In front of the town hall will be a traditional fairground, nativity play, Santa’s grotto and a food and licensed area. And at regular intervals, snowflakes will fill the air as a snow cannon is activated.

Advertising director at the North-West Evening Mail, Frank Stretton, said: “It is wonderful to be able to bring some real festive cheer to the streets of Barrow.

“We anticipate this three-day event will draw a crowd of thousands into the town centre and, while providing members of the public with an unforgettable experience, give a timely boost to local businesses.

“We already have traders who have secured a place and with a top line-up of festive entertainment planned too, Barrow really will be the place to be on the weekend of December 9, 10 and 11.”

The market will close at 8pm on the Friday. It will open from 10am-5pm on Saturday December 10 and on Sunday December 11 it will open from 11am until 4pm.

  • If you would like to book one of the few remaining chalets, or become a commercial partner of the Christmas markets, contact Frank Stretton on 01229 840107.
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Is it late night shoppin in b-town tnite???????? x x x x cheers

Posted by Elzz on 17 December 2012 at 12:28

K Stone,you are quite correct,Barrow has got one or two grotto's-and the biggest one is right on Barrows doorstep-its called Dalton?.

Posted by Dan on 27 October 2011 at 19:40

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