This comes as festive markets and light switch-ons have been scrapped in popular areas such as Brighton, Sheffield and Lincoln.
Brighton and Hove City Council have stated they couldn’t afford the £70,000 needed for the event to go ahead. Meanwhile in Lincoln, England’s oldest Christmas market is deemed too dangerous for visitors, as it is too popular for a small area.
Christan Meggitt, who runs Roly’s Fudge Pantry in Lincoln, told The Independent: “The Christmas market last year got us through January, February and March up until the city started getting busy again.”
With the income that many vendors rely on in ruins, the local governments are under pressure to ensure the celebrations are continued next year.
What’s on Santa’s Spotify?
The bookies have tipped The Pogues as favourites to win this year’s Christmas number one following the tragic passing of their lead vocalist Shane MacGowan, they are currently 1/4 to take the top spot.
LadBaby, having blown away their competition in previous Christmases’, are second favourites, despite announcing on their Instagram they will not be releasing a festive song, they said: “we’ve had the most amazing, incredible, loving, life-changing five years and we want to say thank you”.
This leaves huge speculation over who will take the 2023 Christmas number one.
Plymouth’s own Christmas Winter Wonderland and how its making a difference
Plymouth’s winter wonderland has been praised for its incredible efforts to better the lives of those who live in Plymouth through its support of local charities.
Jack Fry, one of the main organisers of the event said he was “Gobsmacked” by the support that St Lukes provides and that he wants to “Try to make a difference.”
The event is expected to donate thousands of pounds to St Lukes as well as the other charities it supports such as Shekinah and Jeremiah’s Journey.