Lighting the Christmas tree kicks off Christmas in Chiswick 2021

Images above: Chivaree’s Ice King & Queen

Christmas in Chiswick will be ushered in with a bit more panache this year. Chiswick High Road will be alive with a weekend of festive celebrations on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 December, with the illumination of a magnificent 20ft Christmas tree in Old Market Place, paid for by a grant of ‘Welcome Back’ funding, Government money made available to local authorities to help high streets recover from the pandemic.

The Chiswick Flower Market has organised the purchase and installation of the tree. We’re promised carols, minced pies, mulled wine and a celebrity to turn the Christmas tree lights on, and also some pretty fancy street entertainment in the shape of Chivaree’s Ice King and Queen. Chivaree take street theatre to another level, with ‘bespoke entertainment’ – in this case stilt walkers.

The tree lights will be turned on by the Mayor and a special guest at 6.00 pm on Saturday, when the choirs of Belmont Primary School and ArtsEd will be performing some Christmas favourites, with mulled wine and mince pies available. Some local shops are planning to stay open late with special offers to kick off the Christmas season.

This replaces the usual Christmas lights switch on which in previous years has taken place on the last Thursday of November.

Image above: Stall at Chiswick Flower Market December 2020; photograph Anna Kunst

On Sunday morning the Christmas Flower Market will open at 9.30 am with around 50 stalls stretching throughout Old Market Place and along Chiswick High Road, offering one of the largest selections of flowers and plants in London.

This is the place to buy real Christmas wreaths and hand-made tree decorations. Local independent businesses will also be selling other Christmas goodies, including traditional toys and food. The Market is not selling Christmas trees, not wanting to undercut Chiswick’s existing traders.

Image above: Stall at Chiswick Flower Market December 2020; photograph Anna Kunst

The music will continue through Sunday with performances from Chiswick Rock Choir and other local musicians. This is when the Ice King & Queen will visit and there will be some face-painting going on.

Local businesses are collaborating with the market organisers to provide food and drink: a street barbecue and mulled wine from Fullers’ George IV pub and mince pies from Planet Organic.

There are also special workshops planned where you can make your own Terrarium (11.00 am Sunday) with London Terrariums, or your own Christmas wreaths (1.00 pm Sunday) with the award-winning Sara Ward from Hen Corner. You need to book these beforehand; all materials are included. Workshops are held in the Boston Room at the back of the George IV.

Jo from WildChiswick will give a talk (3.00 pm Sunday, free but prior booking recommended) about how to make a hedgehog happy in an urban environment.

READ ALSO: The Chiswick Calendar’s interview with Jo – Chiswick wildlilfe focus: birds, bats, hedgehogs and foxes

Images above: London Terrariums workshop; Sara Ward Christmas wreaths workshop

Book a place on one of the Flower Market’s workshops through their website:

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