Start your Christmas at the Chiswick Flower Market, Sunday 4 December

Image above: Chiswick Flower Market December 2021; photograph Anna Kunst

Biggest flower market yet, with music, the vegan market addition, Christmas lights and activities for children

The Chiswick Flower Market is holding its biggest market yet this Sunday (4 December) – 60 plant and vegan market stalls, with the Flower market where it usually is in Old Market Place and the Vegan market extending right down the High Rd.

As well as plants and Christmas decorations from stallholders and food and drink from local vendors, there will be free children’s theatre at the George IV at 11am and 12.30pm, free arts & crafts sessions and the big man himself, Father Christmas will be putting in an appearance with little gifts for children, from 11.30 to 1pm and 1.30 to 3pm.

There is also a full schedule of music performances lasting all day from ten groups representing schools, children’s performance groups and adult music societies. The Ginko tree outside what used to be the police station is being decorated with Christmas lights which will come on once it gets dark. Students from Chiswick School have designed special decorations.

Image above: Chiswick Flower Market December 2021; photograph Anna Kunst

Plants, flowers, Christmas decorations

First the plants and flowers. The market will be overflowing with colour and scent to fill your spirits and homes with flowers, plants and natural design. Some of the best suppliers in London take stalls at the market, supplying seasonal flowers and plants, many of them British grown.

It is a great place to come to buy Christmas decorations – silver willow, door wreaths, holly and mistletoe, all sorts of natural decorations and traditional poinsettias.

The Fire Station will be serving mulled wine, and there will be be hot crepes on sale.

Images above: Chiswick Flower Market December 2021; photographs Anna Kunst

Vegan Market

The Chiswick Flower Market will be joined by the Vegan Market, which will run along the south side of the High Rd, bringing together a variety of vegan street food vendors, artisan bakers and craft brewers, together with some more durable Christmas gift ideas from ethical jewellers, sustainable chandlers and local artists.

Workshops

Alongside the market, traders will be running workshops.

Sara Ward from Hen Corner in Brentford will be  holding a Christmas wreath-making workshop from 2-3.30pm, price £45.

Book tickets: Wreath-making

London Terrariums will be showing you how to make your own terrarium from 1-2pm, price £45.

Book tickets: London Terrariums

Image above: Students from Chiswick School’s steel band from the Christmas market 2021; photograph Anna Kunst

Live music

Most of the primary and secondary schools in Chiswick, and several adult choirs and bands, including the United Brass Social Club, will be playing festive music to entertain your Christmas shopping at two locations – the area by the Hogarth statue and the Christmas tree, and the area around the Ginko tree, outside what used to be the police station.

Programme

Gingko Stage

10.30  William Hogarth School
11.00  Ravenscourt Park Prep School
11.30  CTA Performing Arts
12.00  Strand-on-the-Green School
12.30  Chiswick School
13.00  CTA Performing Arts (dancers)
13.30   ArtsEd
14.00   Belmont School
14.30   Chiswick School

Hogarth Stage

12.00  West London Choir
12.30 Chiswick Rock Choir
13.00 Brass United Social Club
13.30 West London Choir
14.00 Chiswick Rock Choir
14.30 – 1500 Brass United Social Club

Image above:  Really Big Pants theatre company

Children’s theatre and activities

The Flower Market is offering free craft activities with Maggie & Rose, and two free children’s theatre shows in George IV’s Boston Room – HO HO HO (A REALLY BIG NON-PANTO SHOW). A ‘heart-warming’ and interactive show for all children by the Really Big Pants Company (11am and 12.30pm).

Come early to help make paper chains, and take away a craft gift template at the end. Book here to be sure of your place or just turn up.

Father Christmas will also be visiting the market with little gifts for children, from 11.30 to 1pm and 1.30 to 3pm.

Image above: Christmas lighting designed by students at Chiswick School

Lighting up the Ginko tree

As it starts to get dark the final act will be to light up the Ginko tree outside what used to be the police station. Students at Chiswick School have created a specially commissioned and designed lighting display for the occasion.

Chiswick Flower Market is on Sunday 4 December from 9am – 3.30pm in Old Market Place, Chiswick High Road, London W4 2DR.

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