BIGGER, better, but a little less continental, the Christmas Fayre has returned to Solihull town centre.
When the event was held for the first-time last year, it was styled as a German Market - hoping for similar success to the Frankfurt Market, in Birmingham.
Organisers were pleased that the stalls seemed to attract more shoppers - they say an extra 10,000 people visited Mell Square on the market’s first day.
But earlier this year, they decided to ditch the Deutsch theme, to encourage local produce and other specialities.
The market was launched on Saturday and business leaders hope that it will once again be a big draw for shoppers
Councillor Graham Craig, cabinet member for community services, was confident the stalls would be a success.
“The fayre is even bigger and better than last year’s market and I am sure will be very popular with visitors and residents,” he said.
“I hope many people will enjoy this unique shopping experience in the heart of Solihull town centre over the next few weeks.”
The market will be on until December 23, with stalls, hot food and Santa’s grotto among the attractions.
It will be open from 10am-7pm, Sunday to Wednesday, and 10am-9pm for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.