Cirencester 2021 Christmas Markets & Road Closure A range of outdoor markets are scheduled throughout the festive period, kicking off with a Christmas Gift Market on Saturday 20th November. The highlight of the season will be the supersized Advent Market on Saturday 27th November 11am to 6pm, where over 100 stalls featuring local traders will fill the town centre.
With road closures in place, an Arts & Crafts market will be held on the Market Place and a wide variety of stalls will be situated in Cricklade Street, Castle Street and down the whole of Market Place. Due to the uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic in the winter months, the full, traditional Advent Festival and light switch event has been revised. The Christmas Lights will be installed and on display as usual and the tree will be lit up on the Market Place, but the switch on will be a virtual event, rather than a formal one.
Cllr Gary Selwyn, Lead Member for Community Services, added, “I know that many local people look forward to seeing the annual festive light display and some may find it disappointing that a formal switch-on event can’t go ahead this year. However, Coronavirus is still prevalent, and we feel the event has been adapted accordingly, to deliver a festive experience whilst considering the risks.”
The Advent Market will be held under the backdrop of the town’s Christmas lights and will surround the Christmas tree, which is, once again, sponsored by Wenn Townsend, Chartered Accountants, based in Gosditch Street. Enhancements to the day continue to be added, funded by a successful application to the Build Back Better Market Town’s Fund and the continued support from sponsors. Dollar Street Solicitors and Notary Public, Alison Fielden & Co, will be sponsoring the sound system and there will be some special visitors to keep everyone entertained. Cotswold Fireworks continue to support Christmas in Cirencester with their traditional silent pyrotechnic gift to the town. Plans are also being finalised to include some children’s rides and additional light displays and local retailers are encouraged to join in the fun by extending opening hours, dressing up or offering special deals or discounts.