Early Christmas cheer comes to Ely cathedral for the popular festive fair

Ely Christmas fair at the cathedral PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Ely Christmas fair at the cathedral PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Ely Cathedral came alive with the buzz of sparkling lights and market stalls when the popular festive fair was held.

Ely Christmas fair at the cathedral PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Ely Christmas fair at the cathedral PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

The event, now in its sixth year, is widely seen as one of East Anglia’s finest Christmas shopping experiences.

A varied programme of live demonstrations featured throughout the weekend to include festive cake decorating and seasonal floral arrangements.

Ely Christmas fair at the cathedral PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Ely Christmas fair at the cathedral PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

There was a wide selection of new trade stalls alongside popular previous exhibitors to give visitors a good choice of gifts, treats and seasonal produce from around 150 stands.

On Saturday there were plenty of attractions for families including a traditional carousel plus some very special elves with their friendly reindeer.

Ely Christmas fair at the cathedral PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Ely Christmas fair at the cathedral PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant

Throughout the weekend there was a good selection of items like hand woven baskets, preserves, jewellery and food traders.

There was a heated café marquee and plenty of chances to buy seasonal food as well as enjoy a glass of traditional mulled wine.

Ely Christmas fair at the cathedral PHOTO: Mike Rouse

Ely Christmas fair at the cathedral PHOTO: Mike Rouse - Credit: Archant