See the Christmas Tree Lights Being Switched On in Lyric Square

Kicking off a host of festive celebrations in Hammersmith

Christmas tree in Lyric Square
Christmas tree in Lyric Square

November 3, 2023

Hammersmith’s festive celebrations will officially begin on Wednesday 22 November, with the switching on of the Christmas tree lights in Lyric Square.

The event will begin at 5.30pm with a performance by the Steel Pan band, followed by a speech from Hammersmith & Fulham Mayor, Councillor Patricia Quigley. The Christmas lights will be switched on at 6.15pm, followed by more music from the Steel Pan band.

While supplies last, the Hop Poles pub will serve mulled wine to Privilege card holders. If you don’t yet have a card, find out more and claim your card on the Hammersmith Bid web site .

It will be followed on Saturday 25 November by this year’s Hammersmith Winter Festival, taking place in Lyric Square and along King Street from 10am till 4pm.

The festival will include a pop-up market selling crafts, jewellery, home accessories, boutique fashion and art; a global food quarter offering food stalls and an outdoor seating area, and entertainment including songs from a Kylie Minogue tribute act, plus Santa, his Elves and much more.

There will be Christmas entertainment at the Hammersmith Winter Festival
There will be Christmas entertainment at the Hammersmith Winter Festival

There is also a second Christmas Market taking place in Fulham’s North End Road on Saturday December 9. You can find more details about both events here .

King Street’s Livat is saying God Jul! from Saturday 2 December, when Santa takes up residence in his Swedish Grotta. Young visitors will be able to meet the man himself, snap a festive photo using the seasonal Instagram filter and be entertained by his cheeky elf and musical performances. Every child will also receive a gift from Santa to take home.

Buy your Christmas gifts at stalls in the market
Buy your Christmas gifts at stalls in the market

Santa will be in his Grotta between 10.30am and 1pm and then 1.30pm and 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday, December 2 and 3, 9 and 10 and 16 and 17.

He will then return on Monday December 18, Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 from 12pm till 2pm and 2.15pm till 4pm. Livat says these free visits, lasting around five minutes per child, will be on a first come, first served basis.

The shopping centre is also offering visitors the chance to swap last year’s Christmas jumper for a new one at its Jumper Swap Station on Tuesday 5 December and Wednesday 6 between 11am and 6pm, or visit the Christmas Gift Wrapping Station to have presents wrapped in return for a small donation to charity. Christmas gift wrapping dates are December 6, 7 and 8 and 13, 14 and 15 from midday till 6pm.

On December 13, from 10.30 till 4pm, Livat will be celebrating Santa Lucia, offering visitors the chance to experience the Swedish festive tradition of Santa Lucia with a traditional choir parade and some tasty Swedish treats.

And as a treat for last minute shoppers, Hammersmith Gospel choir Gold will be performing some favourite festive tunes on December 21, 22 and 23 between 5pm and 7.30pm and then on Boxing Day between midday and 2.30pm.

Hammersmith's Lyric Theatre is of course famous for its panto, and this year is offering Cinderella from November 18 till January 6, alongside Raymond Briggs' much loved Father Christmas for the little ones. You can see a full line-up of Christmas shows, which also include a spectacular production of Peter Pan starring Boy George as the evil Captain at the Eventim Apollo, on this page.

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