Nottingham’s Christmas market is apparently bigger and better than ever, with more stalls and the UK’s largest Ice Bar. This is the first year I have been in Nottingham over the Christmas period and therefore the first time I have experienced the market.
I explored the market with my mum and sister one weekend; it was very cold and started to rain at the end but other than that I really enjoyed having a wander. We definitely needed to wrap up warm! There are around sixty themed market stalls selling Christmas gifts, including locally produced cold foods and preserves, local handmade jewellery, glassware and framed comic art.
When I was walking round, I could definitely smell all of the food and drink on offer: traditional mulled wine, hot chocolate, pretzels, doughnuts and even roasted chestnuts.
For me, the main focal point of the market layout is the Helter-Skelter slide at the start of the row of stalls. The ice rink is also beautifully positioned; you skate around around the 60ft Christmas tree.
Next to the rink is where the UK’s largest mobile ice bar is found. Icy drinks and Nottingham-themed ice sculptures are found inside.
I was surprised by the diversity of the market stalls with traders bringing interesting goods and food for sale. We browsed along the front of the stalls and took in the sights and sounds of Christmas. It was even snowing on us at one point! We then had to walk round with white ‘snow’ in our hair and covering our coats! It did get me in the Christmas spirit however.
I would certainly recommend popping down to Old Market Square to have a wander round the market: you’ll be faced with a feast of exciting goods, delicious delights and a vast selection of fun, handmade and festive items to choose from. The atmosphere was very friendly as everyone was in such high spirits.