CHRISTMAS is set to take an unusual twist at Bournemouth’s Metropole Market later this month.

The free event, which is being billed as an “alternative Christmas fayre”, will see the market on Sunday, November 26, adopt a steampunk theme.

Steampunk incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery.

Market goers can expect to see Victorian-inspired outfits and steampunk products in a Christmas setting.

The event, which takes place on Holdenhurst Road between 10am and 4pm, promises more stalls and entertainers than ever before with musical performances from the likes of Mother Ukers, Ant Lewis and Si Genaro. They will be joined by JunNK, steampunk band Sweetchunks, Atlantico and Jemma Davies.

Lyn Turnbull, Co-Organiser of Metropole Market, said: “We are overwhelmed by the community’s support for this amazing project. It is spectacular to see what a great response we’ve had after our first two markets.

“November’s market will jointly celebrate Christmas as well as the fascinating steampunk culture. It will be something never before seen in Bournemouth.”

Roger Smith, Town Centre BID Manager, said: “As a representative of the Town Centre BID, I can say that we are delighted to be supporting this fantastic project.

“The ‘Alternative Christmas Fayre’ will be a great opportunity for our community to enjoy a Christmas market that has a unique approach to the festive season.”

The market only launched in September and takes place on the last Sunday of every month with each making taking on a different theme. October’s market celebrated Day of the Dead while next month’s market on December 17 is titled Christmas Candyland.

The markets have attracted more than 20,000 people to the Lansdowne area.