The Christmas festival drew in a large number of customers as it opened for its first weekend.

Returning for its second year, the market officially opened to the public on Friday, November 18, and helped to put Brighton in the festive spirit.

Those passing by the market were treated to a number of gift stalls as well as live music, festive food and drinks and a big wheel.

The Argus: Crowds at the Christmas festival in BrightonCrowds at the Christmas festival in Brighton (Image: NQ Staff)

Beth, from Brighton, who was working on one of the stalls at the market, said: “Everyone is in really good spirits. This year it’s a lot better because it’s nice and cosy.

“The Christmas market was so busy last night for the first weekend. It has been really nice.”

The market, based near St Peter’s Church in York Place, was opened on Friday by Mayor Lizzie Deane.

Organiser David Hills said: “We’re really excited to be back here for another year of the Brighton Christmas Festival.”

This year, the market includes a number of traditional gift stalls including woodwork as well as personalised Christmas tree decorations.

The Argus: Big wheel at the Christmas festivalBig wheel at the Christmas festival (Image: NQ Staff)

The event also included a virtual reality sleigh ride as well as festive foods and drinks.

Those attending the market on Sunday, November 20 were serenaded by live Christmas tunes while they ate mini pancakes and loaded fries and drank a range of drinks including mulled wine and German craft beers.

Emily and Liam, both 19, said that they thought the festival was “really nice” and that they would be coming back later in the year.

Emily added: “It’s really cute and a bit smaller than last year.”

Liam said: “We’ve had some cheese and some mulled wine and we really like the music. We’re going to go on the Ferris wheel later.”

The Argus: Emily and Liam at the Christmas festivalEmily and Liam at the Christmas festival (Image: NQ Staff)

Brighton Christmas Festival will now be open every day until Christmas Eve. Stalls will open from 12pm from Monday to Thursday and close at 9pm.

Special opening times will operate from Friday to Sunday where stalls will open at 10am and close at 10pm.

Food and drink will be available until 11pm every day of the market.