The Grinch almost stole Christmas at Newmarket’s festive event!
Newmarket’s new Christmas Event ‘A Taste of Christmas’ which took place on Saturday was hailed a tremendous success with over 2000 visitors in spite of the loss of the most of the alpine huts destined for the Memorial Gardens to host the stallholders which were stolen in transit just hours before the big event opened the doors.
Newmarket Town Council sprang into action to ensure the German-style market still went ahead as planned.
The Christmas market was due to provide sixteen traditional alpine huts for traders to sell hot food, locally made gifts and Christmas decorations in the Memorial Gardens. On the morning of the event, the team had to think on their feet and were able to source three huts which were used to sell the hot food by the Memorial Hall entrance while other stalls were located inside the Memorial Hall, with a two-hour heavy rainfall on the morning of the event, this turned out to be a better option for the stallholders.
Despite the huts’ theft, the event saw a steady flow of customers coming through the doors all day. Children enjoyed the free carousel, giant stilt walkers were spotted on the high street and Santa got to meet many of the town’s children to hear to their Christmas wishes!
Newmarket Town Mayor, Rachel Hood: “It was very unfortunate that some of the huts were stolen in transit but luckily we have a fantastic team of staff and Event Manager Christy Argyroudi did a wonderful job to ensure that Newmarket’s Christmas event was still a success. We were not going to let Grinch steal Newmarket’s Christmas and the event was enjoyed by so many of our residents and their children, that we are already planning for next year.
The event will return next December, promising to be bigger and better than its first year.