Town Council Plans Christmas Market to Boost Winter Tourism

During this week’s Town & Community committee meeting, Henley Town Council discussed plans to put on a two week long Christmas market from 10-24 December.

The proposed Christmas market will feature up to 18 Christmas huts in Market Place, mostly single-sized units (3x3m) with a few doubles (6x3m). Stall-holders will be curated by Henley Town Council in collaboration with The Maker Space and The Creative Duck, with a focus on featuring local businesses.

The initiative aims to complement existing festive events with the goal of making Henley a winter destination, attracting residents, shoppers, and visitors during the holiday season.

To minimise impact on existing traders, the current market traders will operate as usual, and premises with seating licences on Market Place will remain largely unaffected.

The estimated income from hut hire for the two-week event is £6,750, while the total cost for hiring 18 huts amounts to £14,220. To bridge the gap, the council plans to allocate funds from the Economic Development budget and seek sponsorship opportunities.

The proposal, subject to final approval by the Finance Strategy & Management Committee, aims to create a vibrant town centre event that benefits both residents and businesses while attracting winter visitors to Henley.

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