Over 2,000 shoppers flocked to the High Street on Sunday (28th November) for the Christmas Market, sponsored by Red Kite Community Housing and My Wycombe.

40 stallholders attended and braved the freezing temperatures to sell an array of wonderful gifts and appetising treats, often handmade.

Two stall holders showing their items available to buy

A lady standing in front of a stall at the Christmas market

Many of the stallholders have previously received funding or support from us, either through our Starting Blocks fund, or the annual PopUp Business School course we organise annually. Offering them a free stall at the market was a great way to support them further as local businesses.

Odilia, owner of 1st Delight Kitchen, who has completed the PopUp Business School course and has been awarded money through the Starting Blocks fund, had a stall at the event. She said:

“The Christmas Market was amazing and very productive. I made loads of sales and it helped me to make connections with potential customers. I also received a new food order which was fantastic for my business. I would like to say a massive thank you to Red Kite Community Housing for giving me this opportunity and for supporting local businesses like us.”

Shoppers were treated to some festive live music and entertainment from LED Bauble and The Polka Dots, as well as the local Rock Choir.

The back of the members of the Rock Choir singing at the Christmas market

And if that wasn’t Christmassy enough, Santa even made an appearance – raising money for Wycombe Food Hub.

A young child posing in front of Santa in his sleigh

It was a chilly but sunny day, and free hot chocolate was being served to keep people warm. There were also arts and crafts for the children to get involved with.

Children sitting at a table showing their crafts

Organised by town centre team HWBidCo, the event was hailed a fabulous success by all. Chief Executive Melanie Williams commented:

“Everyone has had a fantastic day at the Christmas Market and it’s been brilliant to see the high street buzzing with festive excitement. We’ve loved working alongside Red Kite, it’s been a truly successful collaboration between local organisations, and something we can hopefully repeat in the future. As a ‘feel good’ event, it has kicked off the festive season in style – here’s to a wonderful Christmas 2021.”