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Christmas Market by Numbers

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The Twelve Days of the Victorian Christmas Market

12 months of planning behind each Victorian Christmas Market

11 Festive Food stalls offering tastes from around the world!

10 years since the devastating Sheffield Flood of 2007 closed the museum but not the Christmas Market - it amazingly still went ahead with over 6000 visitors!

10 real Christmas Trees courtesy of Whirlow Hall Farm

9 Sheffield Hallam University Event Management Students become busy elves to help entertain families in Santa Industries Co.!

8 S’Efie props on our S’elfie Sleigh - take a souvenir snap with friends with our reindeer

7 Punch and Judy Shows in Santa’s Workshop

6 Just £6 adult admission! Our normal museum admission applies to the market but with so much more to enjoy!

6 Brass, Silver and Wind Bands on our Music Hall Stage

5 Ambient Market Quarters – Sheffield, Made, All that Glitters, Christmas Shop, Emporium, Festive Food

4 We close the museum four days to set up the market

3 Wreaths hanging from the Gaslamps in the courtyard 

2 Little Mesters – Pete Goss and Stan Shaw see them at work in the Little Mesters Street-  Stan will be 91 on Saturday!

1 Silver Top Hat to be worn by our Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust Director, Helen Featherstone celebrating our 25th anniversary!

0 KIDS GO FREE to the market and to the museum all year round!

Christmas Market in numbers

1008 mince pies sold in the Steam Hammer café

315 litres of homemade mulled wine by Head Chef Liam in the Steam Hammer Café

Over 100,000 tools to be talked about - meet the Hawley Tool Collection Volunteers!

4000 litres of water needed to fire the River Don Engine runs over the weekend

Over 300m of festive festoon lighting to light our market stalls

297 Victorian Christmas Market Souvenir Pewter Cups waiting to be filled with mulled wine! Can be engraved with your name for free at Wentworth Pewter stall over the weekend

91 years old – It's Little Mester Stan Shaw's birthday on the Saturday of the market with over 77 years experience in his trade as a penknife knifemaker

Over 130 stallholders dressed in Victorian finery, crinolines to cravats!

8000 Victorian Christmas Market souvenir programmes distributed over the event weekend

70000 leaflets distributed in lead up to the market

250 oranges, gold chocolate coins and Victorian Penny souvenirs awaiting children visiting Santa HQ Grotto

14000 -15000 visitors expected over the weekend – around a quarter of our total annual museum visits! 

45 SIMT Staff and volunteers working over the weekend

Over 300 performers will be warming hearts and minds across the museum grounds and from the Music Hall Stage and Buskers Corner

250 silver baubles will be used to decorate our christmas trees to celebrate 25 years!

90 turns of the Ferris Wheel – see the market from the skies!

365 days of planning and to wait to enjoy the 26th Victorian Christmas Market!

12 Days of Christmas Market 

1              Sat 25th      Museum is closed to the public but much planning is going on behind the scenes!

2              Sun 26th     Decorating the museum starts with the big tree being decorated in the entrance

3             Mon 27th     We start transforming the end of the Island with Marquee and Santa’s Grotto

4             Tues 28th    Fairground Ferris Wheel arrives at Kelham Island !

5              Wed 29th    Our Market Stalls arrive!

6             Thurs 30th    Arrival of market infrastructure toilets, admission kiosks, lighting etc

7             Fri 1st          Over 120 stallholders setting up stalls

8              Sat 2nd       Our first Magical Festive Finale Mr Fox Fire Performance at 6.15pm

9              Sun 3rd      Over 14,000 visitors over the weekend

10           Mon 4th       The big clean is on! Staff have a well deserved fish and chip lunch together!

11           Tues 5th      Market Stalls are collected – see you again in 2018!

12           Wed 6th      Museum opens again as normal to the public and the Red Top Hat goes away!

See you again in 2018!


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