A TRADITIONAL Christmas market is set to return this year.

The Christmas in Wells event will take place on December 11 and 18, with more than 100 stalls - a perfect opportunity to finish your Christmas shopping.

The market in Wells will run from 9am until 3pm, with stalls from Market Place to Bishop's Palace Green.

Christmas gifts, as well as food and drink, will be on offer during the day. There will also be music from Priddy Singers.

There will be free parking in council-owned car parks on December 18 in Wells and across Mendip.

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Cllr Simon Carswell, portfolio holder for economic development, said: “We’re pleased to be bringing the Christmas markets back to Wells for two days of festivities. It was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, so it will be an extra special return for traders, shoppers and visitors to the city.

“The markets will give the local economy a boost after missing out on one of the busiest and most profitable periods last year, due to the pandemic.

“High street shops and eateries will also benefit, as with free parking available in our car parks on December 18, the whole high street looks set to benefit from our seasonal shopping events.”

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There will be free parking from Saturday, December 18, until Friday, December 24.

There will also be free parking on Saturday, January 1.

Mendip District Council (MDC) has chosen New Year's Day as well in order to support drivers who park vehicles in car parks on New Year's Eve. This is so they can use alternative and safe methods of transport to get home.

“After the past 18 months of Covid-19, which is still impacting on our communities, I’m sure everyone will welcome this gesture, take advantage of it, and support our Mendip traders,” Cllr Carswell added.

There is also a free parking day on December 4 to support Small Business Saturday in the following car parks: Cranhill Road in Street, St John's car park in Glastonbury, Union Street in Wells, Great Ostry in Shepton Mallet and The Cattle Market in Frome.

For more information about Christmas in Wells visit mendip.gov.uk/christmasmarket.