WELA Märkte GmbH – Join WELA Markets in Southampton and Cardiff, this Christmas
WELA Märkte GmbH have been organising Christmas Markets in the UK for 13 years, but the family business has been operating for three generations, setting up Christmas Markets throughout Germany and in the UK.
Andree Langenscheidt and Harry Wegener are the operators behind the brand ‘Traditional German Christmas Market’ which this year will be providing thousands of shoppers with a magical Christmas Market experience in Cardiff and Southampton. Both partners take a very professional view when selecting a market site, ensuring that traders, visitors, shoppers, and the host city get the most they possibly can from the market and additional activities. When planning the market, attention to detail is a key factor for Andree and Harry and this can be witnessed through the spectacular stall decorations, expertly applied to the traditional chalet stalls, that are supplied as part of stallholders individual trading package.
New for 2017 – Cardiff German Christmas Market
Date: 10 November – 23 December 2017
Event Location: Queen Street, Cardiff, CF10 2BY
The latest addition to WELA Markets operation is Cardiff Christmas Market., WELA`S traditional German Christmas Market will also benefit from the return of the popular Cardiff Christmas Market, with its art and crafts focus, featuring products from a selection of local and predominantly Welsh small businesses. This combination of tradition and culture will provide the perfect recipe for a successful festive shopping experience.
Location Information: The market is on Queen Street, a premium city centre location and pedestrianised thoroughfare, having undergone major redevelopment in recent years. The location is heavily populated by major High Street stores and well-known brands and is a key component of Cardiff’s overall retail offer, recently achieving the recommendation of the sixth best shopping destination in the UK. In 2016 visitor numbers to this location were estimated more than 1,000,000 during the festive period.
Giant Advent Calendar: From 1 December, Santa can be found at the impressive ‘Advent Calendar’ where he will open the calendar and hand out free gifts to every child.
Santa will visit the Advent Calendar at 4pm every day until the end of the market, attracting many family groups, which from previous experience has proved to be extremely popular.
Southampton Christmas Festival
Date: 11 November – 23 December 2017
Event Location: Above Bar Street near Bargate, Southampton, SO14 7DZ.
In its third year, Southampton Christmas Market is a major part of Southampton Christmas Festival, which also features daily entertainment from local musicians and schoolchildren. In addition to the market and the musical entertainment there is the ‘Flying Santa’ show, taking place above the Christmas Market.
Southampton Market Highlights:
Flying Santa Show – the only show of its kind in the UK! See Santa and his reindeer fly high above the market at a height of 35m. Santa will fly twice a day during the festival: Mon-Sat 5pm and 7pm, Sunday – 3pm and 5pm.
Above Bar Street is a prime, city centre location. It is a main pedestrianised thoroughfare which is now even more attractive to shoppers with the opening of the Westquay South shopping centre extension. Visitor numbers for this location are given as above 1,000,000 during the festive period.
General trader information for both markets:
Merchandise: Preferrably arts and crafts, speciality foods considered.
Stalls: Provision of sturdy authentic Alpine chalet style stalls. Southampton: 3m and 5m sizes, with stalls individually dressed by a set designer. Cardiff: 3m and 4m sizes.
Opening Hours: Stalls – 10am to 8pm. Beer garden 10am to 10pm with daily entertainment.
Pitch Fee: Competitively priced fees which vary depending on stall size occupied and includes; traditional stall decorations, on-site security, power, waste management and advertising.
Parking: Parking for traders is within walking distance.
Advertising: We undertake strong advertising and promotion in conjunction with the respective city councils and local tourisist office, as well as a comprehensive advertising campaign.
Entertainment: Live music every day at the beer garden with various performances from carol singers, school choirs and occasional local radio broadcasts.
Management: Market Manager based at onsite office. Available daily to deal with all enquiries and issues immediately.