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Christmas shoppers get into the festive spirit at packed Ipswich Christmas Market

PUBLISHED: 14:05 11 December 2016 | UPDATED: 09:25 12 December 2016

Christmas Market in the centre of Ipswich on Sunday. Helene Mott of Crafty Bubble.

Christmas Market in the centre of Ipswich on Sunday. Helene Mott of Crafty Bubble.

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Thousands of Christmas shoppers braved the wintry weather this weekend to sample treats and buy stocking-fillers at the annual Ipswich Christmas Market.

Christmas Market in the centre of Ipswich on Sunday.Kijarim Farokh.Christmas Market in the centre of Ipswich on Sunday.Kijarim Farokh.

Running alongside the existing weekday market from Friday through to today, the market featured dozens of stalls selling tasty treats, jewellery and accessories, mulled wine, clothes and gift ideas.

Christmas Market in the centre of Ipswich on Sunday.Lilly Gayfer.Christmas Market in the centre of Ipswich on Sunday.Lilly Gayfer.

Meanwhile, Pop Chorus, Ipswich Hospital Choir and the Ipswich Hospital Band were all on hand to perform Christmas carols and songs for the festive shoppers.

Christmas Market in the centre of Ipswich on Sunday.Carl Phillips of Paula Jayne Creations.Christmas Market in the centre of Ipswich on Sunday.Carl Phillips of Paula Jayne Creations.

A life-size snow globe and fairground rides helped keep the kids entertained throughout the weekend.

Christmas Market in the centre of Ipswich on Sunday.Jacqueline McNally.Christmas Market in the centre of Ipswich on Sunday.Jacqueline McNally.

An Ipswich Borough council spokeswoman said: “It’s been really busy – everyone is happy, the traders have done lots of business, the music has gone down so well.

Christmas Market in the centre of Ipswich on Sunday. Isabella Pickard-Young.Christmas Market in the centre of Ipswich on Sunday. Isabella Pickard-Young.

“It’s good for the local economy, helps get people into the Christmas spirit and it brings people in Ipswich, which is also what we aim to do.”

Christmas Market in the centre of Ipswich on Sunday.Christmas Market in the centre of Ipswich on Sunday.

Thousands of people from across the county have attended, while more than 35 traders lined the streets along Giles Circus, Buttermarket Street, Queen Street and Princes Street – with slots having been booked up by October to make it one of the busiest ever Christmas markets.

Christmas Market in the centre of Ipswich on Sunday.Christmas Market in the centre of Ipswich on Sunday.

The borough council spokeswoman added: “It helps support the regular market and the shops have been very accommodating for us.

Christmas Market in the centre of Ipswich on Sunday.Anne Boreham and Charlotte 
Newton.Christmas Market in the centre of Ipswich on Sunday.Anne Boreham and Charlotte Newton.

“We are hoping to expand it each year and make it bigger and better, so come back and see us in 2017.”

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