Lichfield is getting ready to celebrate Christmas with a series of events during December. The city is hosting its Christmas Festival on December 5, 6 and 12. The first two days will feature a market selling designer, vintage and traditional gifts along Minster Pool Walk, as well as a street food event on Bird Street. December 5 and 6 will also see themed music and activities at the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, while youngsters can also visit Santa in his Beacon Park grotto on the Saturday. Paul Maddox, Chairman of the Lichfield BID, which has helped to fund leaflets and entertainers for this year’s festival, said: “Christmas is such an important time for local traders and the new Lichfield BID team has been delighted to get involved to support the events that are taking place. “We’re all looking forward to welcoming hundreds of visitors to our city to enjoy the gifts, food and entertainment on offer, and to making Christmas in Lichfield magical for everyone.” The Lichfield Chamber of Trade Christmas Fayre will take place on December 6 in Market Square, before music and a lantern parade mark the lighting of Lichfield Cathedral’s Christmas tree later in the day. December 12 will see Erasmus Darwin House and Cathedral Close play host to a Georgian market. Councillor Helen Fisher, Cabinet member for tourism at Lichfield District Council, said: “This year’s Christmas Festival is set to be even bigger and better with a huge array of gift ideas, festive food and drink, the chance to visit Father Christmas, as well as stilt walkers, fire breathers and colourful costumed characters entertaining festival goers.” For more information on the events go online or pick up a leaflet from Tourism Information at St Mary’s in the Market Square.