Image above: Sophie Ellis-Bextor kitchen disco image from Twitter
Celebrated singer-songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor is to turn on the lights for Chiswick’s Christmas tree on Saturday 4 December.
The tree, organised by the Chiswick Flower Market team and paid for by the Government’s Welcome Back funding to help high streets recover from the pandemic, will be installed next to the statue of William Hogarth, outside what used to be Barclays Bank.
The festivities will start at 5pm when choirs from local schools, Belmont Primary and musical theatre school ArtsEd, will sing carols before Sophie and the Mayor of Hounslow take centre stage to turn on the tree lights.
Sophie has just raised more than £1m for Children In Need with a 24 hour danceathon. Throughout the session she danced to the BBC Radio 2 travel news, sang karaoke with Tony Blackburn and regularly changed her outfit into a succession of sparkly dresses. The challenge was inspired by Ellis-Bextor’s Kitchen Disco sessions, a series of live-streamed concerts from her house during the 2020 lockdown.
Weekend of Christmas festivities
The lighting of the tree sees the start of a weekend of Christmas festivities, with the Christmas flower market on Sunday 5 December welcoming 50 stalls stretching throughout Old Market Place and along Chiswick High Rd, offering one of the largest selections of flowers and plants in London and selling other Christmas goodies, including traditional toys and food.
The music will continue through Sunday with performances from Chiswick Rock Choir and other local musicians and you can expect some exciting street entertainment and face-painting for younger visitors. Local businesses are collaborating with the market organisers to provide food and drink: a street BBQ and mulled wine from Fullers’ George IV pub and mince pies from Planet Organic.
Street entertainment will include Chivaree’s Ice King and Queen. Chivaree take street theatre to another level, with ‘bespoke entertainment’ – in this case stilt walkers.
Image above: Chiswick Flower Market stall from Christmas 2020 market; photograph Anna Kunst
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