Christmas arrives in North End Road on Saturday with traffic-free market

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Jessica Meyrick on her stall Busy Bakers at 2014's North End Road Christmas market

Fulham’s North End Road will come alive with the sights and smells of Christmas on Saturday 28 November as the first of two festive markets arrives.

From 10am, the North End Road’s historic market area will be pedestrianised and packed with stalls on both sides selling Christmas presents and great food, with entertainment for the whole family.

“Residents have told us how much they enjoyed the range of stalls and the atmosphere at our previous traffic-free markets in North End Road so we’re doing it twice for Christmas,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration.

“No buses, lorries or cars – just fantastic stalls with loads of Christmas presents, lots to eat and festive entertainment.”

As well as the ever-popular fruit and veg stalls selling top quality produce at below-supermarket prices, there will be more than 100 new stalls offering festive presents, hand-made decorations and crafts, street food, delicious cakes, mulled wine and much more.

Adding to the fun, Saturday will see live music, a children’s funfair, Christmas carols and unusual entertainment, including the sparkling Glitter Belles (stiltwalkers like giant-sized baubles), balloon-modelling elves and the athletic Grace Billings with her light-up hula hoops.

The Christmas markets are part of Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s drive – together with residents in the North End Road Action Group – to revive this major high street. They follow on the success of last year’s traffic-free festive market and a summer market in June that attracted 15,000 visitors.

A second North End Road Christmas market will be held on Saturday 12 December.

Christmas lights

Meanwhile, Made in Chelsea star Louise Thompson will be switching on the Christmas lights in North End Road at 4.30pm on Saturday 28 November.

Louise Thompson will also be taking a stall at the markets to sell her exclusive designer clothing line, Pocket. “I’m delighted that Louise will be switching on the lights and that hers will be one of our 150 great stalls,” added Cllr Jones.

For more details, please call 020 8753 5695 or email Nicki.Burgess@lbhf.gov.uk.

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