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Pictures: Nottingham Christmas market, wheel and lights event in Old Market Square

Christmas in Nottingham is underway after the lights were officially switched on this evening.

Some pictures from the first night of Nottingham’s Christmas market – on until 31 December.

The city’s traditional 60ft high Norway Spruce Christmas tree, lit with 4,000 twinkling bulbs, takes centre stage in front of the Council House, adorned by a snowflake-inspired lighting display.

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A giant observation wheel will whisk visitors 33m up into the air, with stunning views over the city’s rooftops. For those who prefer to stay closer to ground level, a traditional carousel will also light up the square.

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A new Après Ski themed pop-up bar is also be located on Old Market Square, while the traditional Helter Skelter bar will return to Smithy Row offering visitors a steaming mug of Glühwein as riders slide down the traditional fairground favourite from above.

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Traditional chalet style market stalls will be trading along Long Row and Smithy Row offering a chance for some alternative Christmas shopping with a choice of gifts, crafts, and speciality food.

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The festive events will also spread this year to Trinity Square, where a specially-constructed Christmas Village with a number of food and drink options will see visitors entering via a Christmas Tree-lined entrance leading to a winter-themed setting that features a number of igloo-style glass domes.

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Plans for a further dispersed Winter Wonderland offer that would have seen popular elements of the event such as ice skating and the Ice and Sur la Piste bars re-located to other areas of the city centre, were considered by event organisers Mellors Group but unfortunately this has not proved possible.

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The reduced scale alternative offer for 2021 is designed to complement the vibrant city centre offer of retail, bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Other Christmas events are expected to be announced in due course.

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Nottingham’s Christmas celebrations will begin as the lights across the city are switched on and attractions open on Monday 15 November and will run until Friday 31 December.

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Cllr Eunice Campbell Clark, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture, and Schools said: “We are really pleased that we have been able to come up with a high-quality programme of Christmas events and attractions dispersed around the city centre in conjunction with Mellors Group. In planning for this event, we have been mindful of the issues at last year’s event and we acknowledge it’s important to maintain a balance of keeping people safe and urging caution but also allowing people to enjoy the seasonal festivities. Our event plans for Christmas 2021 allows for any amendments or adjustments that may be needed due to Government advice or legislation.”

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A spokesperson from Mellors Group said: “We’re pleased to be bringing a Christmas experience to the heart of Nottingham once again. While we are of course disappointed not be able to bring the entire Winter Wonderland experience to Nottingham this year, the reduced-scale and dispersed offer of events and attraction across the city centre will still ensure that Nottingham remains one of the best seasonal destinations for visitors this Christmas.”

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