Carlisle International Christmas Market opens for business tomorrow

Carlisle International Christmas Market opens for business tomorrow

Carlisle’s popular International Christmas Market is set to return this Christmas.

Following the success of last year’s event, the 2011 Market will be held between tomorrow (Wednesday, 7 December) and Sunday, 11 December. Staged within the city centre’s pedestrianised shopping area, the event will include around 50 stalls from around the World, as well as traders from Made In Cumbria. Shoppers will be able to sample culinary and hand crafted goods from as far afield as South Africa, India, China and many European countries.

Building on the success of previous Continental Markets, which have attracted thousands of visitors to the city centre, the event will be open late each day except Sunday, and will remain open till 9pm for Thursday late night shopping.

Cllr Mike Mitchelson, Leader of Carlisle City Council, said: “The Christmas Market is one of the highlights of this year’s festive events programme. It will help raise the profile of the city as an attractive visitor destination and will provide another popular event for residents too.”

Organised by Carlisle City Council, the city’s decorations include a sparkling 35 foot tall tree and a traditional Nativity scene in the city centre.