LANTERNS are at the ready for this year’s Victorian Christmas Market in Stratford.
The three-day event starts on Friday December 7 with a lantern procession from the town hall to Henley Street at 6.30pm.
Traders dressed in Victorian costume will be selling their wares from arts, crafts and festive gifts to street food.
Visitors can enjoy a Christmas tipple or two as they wander some 300 stalls and enjoy Victorian street entertainers, dance troupes, bands and choirs, magicians, and a vintage fun fair.
Youngsters will also be able to write letters to Santa.
Stratford mayor John Bicknell said: “Last year’s festival was such a phenomenal success, but we are confident that we will equal or even surpass the high expectations that have been set.
“Hopefully we will not experience such adverse weather conditions as last year, as we have three packed days of festive fun and entertainment planned which will appeal to the whole family, coupled with fine fare and plenty of opportunities for Christmas shopping.
“We very much look forward to welcoming you to the event.”
The market will be open from 11am until 8pm on Friday, 10am to 8pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday.
A complimentary shuttle bus service provided by Johnsons will operate every half hour from the Park and Ride at Bishopton between 9am until 7pm on Sunday December 9, with pick up and drop off points at Rother Street
The park and ride service will be operating as normal on Friday and Saturday.