Blackburn is to host a full-scale genuine German Christmas Market on its Cathedral Square for 25 days this year.
Under the glow of one of the town’s three 36ft Christmas Trees, the Blackburn Christmas Market will have a traditional Bavarian Village feel with authentic German chalets brought in especially from Flensburg which holds an major annual Christmas Market..
Festively dressed, up to 26 chalets of varying sizes will be clustered around a central Hexagonal Schwenker Grill and bar area. Attractions including a vintage Helter Skelter and antique Chair-O-Planes will be dotted around the site creating an attractive winter wonderland.
Already two chalets have been booked for a German bar and a Bratwurst sausage grill at the event which will run seven days a week from Thursday November 29 to Sunday December 23. The market will open from 10.30 am to 6pm Sunday to Wednesday and until 9pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to pack the festive event which will also have children’s fairground attractions.
Andrew Burnett, a director of Retail Alternatives, said: “We approached the council because of Blackburn’s strong market tradition and the fantastic Cathedral Square.
“We think we can make it a real success and expect tens of thousands of people to come over the 25 days. This will a strongly German themed Christmas market not a mock version.”
Cllr Riley said: “This is a major addition to Blackburn’s Christmas attractions.
“It is a great way to use the new Cathedral Square and we hope it will draw families from across Lancashire into our new Blackburn town centre rather than Christmas shoppers having to make the long and difficult journey into Manchester city centre for the German festive experience.