Guest blog by Kathleen Mitra
As “it’s the season to be merry”, what better way to kick off the festive cheer than a Christmas Chiswick Flower Market on Sunday 3 December? Set against the backdrop of the Chiswick High Road, which is already busy with Christmas preparations, the market promises a day of blooms, greenery, merry melodies and family fun.
We are expecting to have the best selection of Christmas wreaths in London. Lots of our traders will be selling hand-crafted wreaths using locally grown foliage. From traditional to contemporary designs, there will be a wreath for every taste, style and budget.
For those looking to add a personal touch to their front door decorations, the Christmas Flower Market will host a wreath-making workshop by local award-winning Sara at Hen Corner. You need to sign up in advance here. This is almost sold out but check for tickets here.
Christmas Greenery and Gifts
Other than wreaths there will be an array of Christmassy plants, foliage and mini trees to bring natural seasonal decor to your home over the festive period. Plus, there will be plenty of traders with flowery/garden themed gifts, ornaments and floral displays.
Warm up your spirits with the rich aroma of mulled wine. Indulge in the seasonal tradition of sipping on this spiced beverage as you browse. It will be available from No 197 The Fire Station, located in the middle of the market (outside their premises). The Fire Station will also have a supply of free mince pies – come early before they run out,
Bring the whole family, including the little ones, for a special encounter with Dotty and Peaches, the friendly petting ponies from Ealing Riding school. They will be awaiting your visit opposite the George IV entrance between 10.30am and 12.30pm. They will be available for stroking, grooming, leading – and selfies!
It wouldn’t be a Christmas outing without a visit from Santa who will be coming with a goodie bag full of chocolate coins between 10.30am and 3pm.
School Choirs and Brass Band
Join us for musical performances by local choirs and a brass band. We have a packed schedule as follows:
10:10 – 10:40 W4Youth
10:40 – 11:10 Strand junior school
11:10 – 11:40 Rock Choir
11:40 – 12:20 CTA performing arts
12:20 – 12:50 Rock Choir
12:50 – 13:20 West London
13:30 – 14:00 BUSC Brass Band
14:00 – 14:30 Chiswick School
14:40 – 15:10 BUSC Brass Band
Don’t miss the chance to take home a sprig of mistletoe, courtesy of the Chiswick Flower Market organizers. Pop along to the Flower Market HQ (tall white gazebo with bunting, lights and bags), say the password “HOLLY”, to collect a free sprig of mistletoe. Take it away, hang it up, and embrace the age-old tradition of sharing a kiss under the mistletoe with your loved ones.
For those with a taste for plant-based delights, our Vegan Market annex is a culinary treat and home to numerous artisans with a wide range of gift ideas including candles and jewellery. They will be located from the top of Devonshire Road, heading east along Chiswick High Road.
Christmas Gift Bags
What better way to present your gifts than in a timeless, sustainable Chiswick Flower Market jute bag. Available in festive red (and other colours). Large £5, small £4, all profits go back into the local community.
Images (from last December’s flower market) – Anna Kunst
Join Us for a Day of Festive Fun
The Special Christmas Chiswick Flower Market on December 2nd is more than just a market – it’s a celebration of community and the magic of Christmas. So, bring your friends and family, and join us for a day filled with seasonal cheer.
Chiswick Flower Market
Old Market Place,
Chiswick High Road, W4
Sunday 3 December 9am to 3.30pm
Kathleen Mitra is one of the directors of the Chiswick Flower Market
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