Although slightly different from previous years, the Christmas Market is still going ahead in 2020. (Image credit: Olimpia Zagnat)

Nottingham’s famous Christmas Market is returning to the Market Square this December – but in a COVID secure way.

This has become a staple of Nottingham’s festivities, with the iconic Sur La Piste Bar and the ice skating rink in the middle of the square.

With Nottinghamshire being placed into tier 3 restrictions after the second national lockdown, many people assumed that the market would be cancelled this year just like Goose Fair.

However, Nottinghamshire County Council confirmed that the Christmas Markets would be going ahead but in a COVID secure manner, and the council have already explained that the Christmas Markets won’t be like the ones we were used to in previous years.

Opening Times

Dates: 5 Dec 2020 – 24 Dec 2020

Monday – Sunday: 10:00 -21:00

*All closed on Christmas Day.

To make the event safe and secure, the Council have outlined their plans for the Christmas Markets.

Restrictions on large scale events and hospitality have meant that the popular Sur La Piste, Altitude bars, ice bar and outdoor ice skating rink are not able to be staged this year.

No alcohol will be sold at Nottingham Christmas Market.

The Markets will also be extended to Long Row and Smithy Row in order to maintain social distancing, as well as trading hours being increased until 9pm to encourage shoppers to visit at off peak hours.

Other Covid-19 safety measures will include limiting capacity if required, enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures, and free hand sanitiser stations to ensure that the event can go ahead safely.

Payments for rides, refreshments and at market stalls will be contactless wherever possible.

Follow our live-blog below for regular updates on the opening day.