Stoke-on-Trent City markets have had their stalls decked and are giving away a total of £1,250 to celebrate!

Shoppers are being encouraged to visit their local markets this Christmas – and be in with chance winning £250.

Indoor markets in Stoke, Hanley, Longton and Tunstall and the city’s 3 outdoor markets are getting into the Christmas spirit with some magical events and two exciting competitions.

Father Christmas will be making special appearances at all four indoor markets in the run up to Christmas in his grotto.

Hanley market:
Hanley Market grotto is open every Friday and Saturday in the run up to Christmas, as well as Christmas Eve from 11am to 3pm. The market itself is open seven days a week in the run up to Christmas.

Stoke market:
Stoke Market grotto will be open 15, 21 and 22 December, and will be holding a competition to win a £250 festive hamper. The market itself will also be open for extra days inclusive of 19-24 December.

Longton Market:
Longton Market grotto will be open 15, 21 and 22 December, with Children’s festive activities taking place on 14, 15, 21 and 22 December. The market will also host a Christmas jumper days on 14 and 15 December in aid of Save the Children, along with opportunities to make Grinch plates or to decorate Christmas baubles. The market itself will also be open for extra days inclusive of 19-24 December.

Tunstall Market:
Tunstall Market Grotto will be open on 8, 15 and 22 December, and there will be children’s festive activities taking place. The market itself will also be open for extra days inclusive of 19-24 December.

Outdoor markets:
Santa will also be visiting the outdoor markets. Shoppers will able to catch him at: Hanley, Hinde Street car park, Sunday 16 December; Bentilee, Dawlish Drive on Tuesday 18 December; and Fenton City Road car park Thursday 20 December.

To celebrate the season of goodwill, each of the four indoor markets will be giving away £250. All you have to do is fill in an entry form at any of the markets and post it into the dedicated post box. One winner will be drawn at each of the indoor markets and each will receive £250. The closing date for entries is 24 December.

You can also win up to £250 by posting a festive selfie at the outdoor markets before they close for Christmas and posting it to the @Stokeontrentmarkets Facebook page. Terms and conditions can be found on the Facebook page.

Conservative Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage said: “All of the markets have worked hard to put on some brilliant festive events and competitions for visitors to enjoy.

“The markets are accessible and great places to shop, with a variety of stalls all under one roof. The stalls offer fresh produce and essentials, but there are also many unique products available, suited to all ages and tastes – perfect for Christmas presents and for shopping at all year round.

“We are committed to continuing to make the indoor and outdoor markets great places to shop all year round and have done a lot of work to ensure that both traders and customers are happy with their experiences. We are looking forward to working on more projects in the coming year, including the exciting refurbishment of Hanley market.

“I’d like to say thank you to all of the markets for working so hard throughout the year. I hope that everybody has a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.”

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