Car-free Christmas Shopping Day Saturday 2 December

The local community is being invited to get involved in the first-ever Hammersmith Christmas Market on Saturday 2 December, 10am to 5.30pm.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to get into the festive spirit and bring some extra sparkle to Hammersmith.

There will be over 100 stalls along a traffic-free King Street and in Lyric Square offering seasonal gifts and food. The wintertime fun will be boosted by live music, carol singing and a visit from Santa.

Motorists are being alerted that King Street will be closed between the gyratory and Leamore Street during the Christmas Festival on 2 December. Residents and business owners will still have access to Leamore Street.

The inaugural festival follows the celebrated success of Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s pedestrian-friendly North End Road Market events, which regularly attract 15,000 visitors and have helped to revitalise trade and community spirit in Fulham.

“It will be a great opportunity for local residents to get a headstart on their Christmas shopping and enjoy a wonderful day out,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration. “Our pedestrian-friendly markets are proving very popular with both residents and business owners and make a fantastic contribution to our drive to make H&F the greatest place to live, work and shop in Europe.”

Furthermore, there will be a special event for children to take part in…

Have you heard about Jack and the Beanstalk coming to Hammersmith ?

Would you like to win a family ticket to see the amazing show at the famous Lyric Hammersmith theatre?

Here’s what you need to do!

Jack had to plant some magic beans for the bean stalk to grow. On Saturday 2nd December we will have a handful of delicious fruity jelly beans* for each child* to find in the bean hunt. Come and collect your bean hunt sheet of clues from the HammersmithLondon Christmas Cabin on Lyric Square.

There will be 12 clues to take you along through the town and lead you to the beans. These clues will be easy enough, but an adult must accompany each child to safeguard the crossing of streets.

Each child that finds the beans will have the opportunity to win the family ticket to see the terrific show.

More about the market

*Only primary school children may participate

* Every bean is made with 100% natural flavours! They’re all: Gluten free, gelatine free, nut free, free from artificial colours, suitable for vegetarians, suitable for Coeliacs.

Entertainment programme

The entertainment programme is subject to change. All performance times are approximate.

Live performance stage on Lyric Square

Performance time Artist
11am-11.30am Albert & Friends Instant Circus

Youth circus providing high quality circus workshops with skills such as acrobalance, tight rope walking and unicycling. Additional workshops at 12 noon and 2pm.

11.35am-12 noon Irish Centre

Music students of the Irish Centre.

12.05pm-12.30pm Irish Centre – adult and pensioner singing group

Both playing and singing Irish traditional tunes that they have been learning and some Christmas favourites with various instruments such as fiddle, whistle, flute, guitar, bodhran and concertina! The Irish Centre students will be joined by their tutors.

12.35pm-1pm Chapel Brass Band

Performing a mixture of jazz, classical, pop, Christmas music and more. Members include some of London’s top freelance brass musicians.

1.05pm-2pm Lyric Theatre

Young Lyric are proud to present our studio sessions. These young performers have been mentored by renowned singer-songwriter Jernade Miah. Jernade has supported them to create and write their own original music which they will perform alongside some Christmas classics. Hosted by Jernade himself, expect soul, pop and lots of Christmas cheer.

2.05pm-2.25pm Capital Connection

West London’s a cappella style close harmony singers with a diverse repertoire that includes songs from Adele and Broadway to Bach.

2.35pm-3.05pm Capital Connection

As above.

3.10pm-3.40pm ZHL

A group of young professional musicians, symphony and chamber players as well as music teachers.

3.45pm-4.10pm LAMDA

LAMDA students will perform a traditional medley of Christmas carols to delight one and all, as well as bringing along a festive fight to excite and enthral the audience in this season of mischief and merriment.

4.15pm-5pm Scariofunk Collective

Groups of young people performing and offering a variation of dance workshops and performance opportunities. Workshops at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

Street entertainers

The following artists will be performing throughout the market during the day.

Artist Further information
Ice King and Queen Ice King and Queen in stunning costumes of silver, white and blue present an unearthly and flamboyant spectacle.
The Two Naughty Elves Two naughty mischievous elves who add a touch of humour on wintery days and nights.
Cats Christmas Choir Using comedy, puppetry, song and improvisation, these furry felines bring catnip joy to all audiences.
Victorian juggler Amazing juggling skills with fire, balls and clubs and slack rope balancing with a warm comic rapport. Wonderful interaction with members of the public.
Glitter Belles Sculptural creations inspired by 1970s disco combined with avant-garde fashion, designed for impact. The Glitter Belles are guaranteed to create something of a stir. Each one has inbuilt light balls giving off an opulent glow and LEDs to create a shimmering mirror ball effect from the headdress.
Bridie the Irish tea lady Bridie is 8ft tall and dances with her 7ft tea trolley to her favourite tunes. This Irish tea lady is verbally and physically very funny and is popular with people of all ages, and let’s face it is really more interested in a gossip than ever serving tea…
Rudolph Two little lost elves riding one of Santa’s reindeer who seem to be looking for the way back to Lapland! Offering season’s greetings, getting up to mischief and trying to spot Santa in the crowd.

Buskers

The following artists will be performing throughout the market during the day.

Artist Further information
Mariachi Band Playing a lively repetoire of Mexican music. Instruments in the band are guitar, Vihuela (a small Mexican percussive guitar), Guitarron (a very large Mexican bass guitar, played in octaves to double the volume of the sound), trumpets and violins.
Natasha Kirke Natasha draws inspiration from Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Nirvana, Alice In Chains, folk, pop and rock to create a quirky blend of music. She performs a mixture of covers and originals.
Andreas Liberos Singer and guitarist.
Lizzie H Singer.
Nadine Jazz Playing jazz and pop covers from the likes of Amy Winehouse and Adele, to other outstanding artists, as well as Christmas songs.
Poppy Scarlett Singer and guitarist playing mostly Christmas songs.

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