Construction work for this year’s Brighton Christmas market is nearing completion ahead of opening night this weekend.
Workers assembled the Ferris wheel in St. Peter’s Square tonight.
Market stalls were set up throughout the day before the opening of the Christmas market on Friday.
There will be no fence around the perimeter at this year’s event, allowing people to come and go more freely.
Last year’s Christmas market drew criticism after being plagued by noise problems and complaints.
Hove-based promoter E3 Events promised to offer a “more magical, traditional and higher-quality experience” this year.
It partnered with a German company with a track record of delivering German Christmas markets in Bath, Edinburgh and Leicester Square, London.
The market has moved from Old Steine and Valley Gardens to near St Peter’s Church.
It also has a smaller Ferris wheel compared to last year, fewer bars, no fairground and more stalls.
Last week Green Party Councilor Martin Osborne said the markets will have a more traditional feel.
He said: “I’m really excited about it. Looking at the plans for this year I think they will be an improvement on last year’s plans.
“I know some people felt it could have been better. I find that the organizers of the event struggled to provide the quality of offering that they might have expected, for several challenging reasons.
“This year they are mainly concentrating on St. Peter’s Square. This will be an open area without the fences that spoiled the look and feel of last year’s event.”
The Christmas market is open from November 18th to Christmas Eve.
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