Feeling festive at Greatham Christmas market

Sisters Katie and Jodie(right) Johnston meet Santa at the Greatham Christmas event.
Sisters Katie and Jodie(right) Johnston meet Santa at the Greatham Christmas event.

FAMILIES and people of all ages flocked to Greatham’s traditional Christmas market at the weekend.

The village green was buzzing with festive stalls and attractions put on by a team of local volunteers.

Around 150 people, aged from babies to pensioners, attended the popular event on Sunday afternoon.

The green was filled with stalls selling various gift ideas and stocking fillers.

They included candles, toys, jewellery, scarves, and baby clothes.

Youngsters got to tell Santa what they would like to see under the tree when Father Christmas was in his grotto.

Animal lovers got to see and pet Lama like animals called alpacas, which returned after proving a hit with visitors last year.

People kept out the cold by drinking hot chocolate and munching sweet waffles, and Greatham Community Centre once again opened its doors and served up welcome hot refreshments.

Decorative holly wreaths could also be bought.

One mum who attended with her two children, aged five and seven, said: “It was a lovely festive event and the atmosphere was very family orientated.

“It certainly got us in the mood for Christmas.”

There were lots of great prizes to be won in a grand draw when the top prize was £100 cash.

The market has been staged for several years and has become one of the highlights of the Greatham calender along with Greatham Feast in the summer.

A small team of volunteers work hard behind the scenes to help give people an afternoon to remember.