Christmas lights switched on in Chiswick – the first of a series of Christmas celebrations

Image above: Chiswick School students at the Christmas lights switch-on on Monday (27 November)

Chiswick lights switch-on goes off without a hitch

Chiswick welcomed in the festive season on Monday (27 November) with the annual Christmas lights switch-on. It used to take place outside the George IV pub and in the past there has sometimes been a Christmas market and the Fuller’s dray horses to admire.

Last year the switch-on moved to the area around Hogarth’s statue, which is where it took place again this year, with a group of students from Chiswick School leading the Christmas carol singing, under the guidance of Tommy Robinson, the school’s creative arts coordinator.

The festive ambiance was enhanced by mince pies and Tunnock’s Teacakes and Father Christmas himself made a special appearance, giving presents to the youngest members of the crowd.

The highlight of the evening came with the illumination of a magnificent tree on the corner of Annandale Road and Chiswick High Road, as well as the lights on Devonshire Road, Chiswick High Road, and Turnham Green Terrace.

Chiswick School students performed The Twelve Days of Christmas and then the crowd was treated to a special performance by acclaimed cellist Orlando Jopling and violinist Sijie Chen from the Wild Arts opera company, who will be appearing in Chiswick again on Saturday 9 December for a performance of Handel’s Messiah at St Michael’s and All Angels Church.

You can book tickets for that performance here: Messiah

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This was the first of several public celebrations of Christmas planned for Chiswick. The flower market, the cheese market and the street food market will all have special celebrations on Sunday 3 December, Sunday 17 December and Sunday 24 December respectively, so if you missed this one fear not, there will be plenty more opportunities to stand around singing carols, eating mince pies and drinking mulled wine in the cold and damp!

READ ALSO: Chiswick Flower Market – Sunday 3 December

See below for a gallery of pictures from the evening

Image above: Cellist Orlando Jopling and violinist Sijie Chen playing pieces from Handel’s Messiah

Image above: The crowd turning their attention to Wild Arts after the lights had been switched on

Image above: Cellist Orlando Jopling and violinist Sijie Chen protected from the drizzle with Father Christmas nearby 

Image above: Chiswick Riverside ward PC Durr-e- Tariq and Chiswick area police sergeant PS Jim Cope with Father Christmas before the crowd arrived

Image above: The crowd gathering, listening to performances before the lights were switched on

Image above: Chiswick School students performing before the lights were switched on

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