HUNDREDS of people visited Church Square to take part in Hartlepool’s first Christmas market.
A Merry Christmas A’Fair – Fall In Love with Christmas in Hartlepool took place over the weekend.
Decorated wooden cabins around the square hosted independent traders and featured beautiful gifts and tasty treats. A special light display on the Hartlepool Art Gallery tower also recreated the gentle fall of drifting snowflakes.
The Art Gallery held drop-in crafts workshop and had lots of unique items for sale.
Choirs performed in the square and seasonal pantomime favourites were acted out by the students of East Durham College.
And, of course, Santa also called by to join in with the festivities.
• Photos by Russell Norman