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Hammersmith Christmas Market is coming to town

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Image captionImage 1: Shepherds Bush resident Peter Ballard is the founder and candlemaker of Organic Mills

There are just three weeks to go until the eagerly anticipated Hammersmith Christmas Market.

More than 100 stalls along a traffic-free King Street and in Lyric Square filled with seasonal gifts, food and drink will brighten up the high street on Saturday 2 December.

And the festive fun does not stop there with carol singing cats, naughty elves, Glitter Belles on stilts, Rudolph, Ice King and Queen, a seasonal photo booth, free Christmas wrapping and children’s workshops.

The inaugural market 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.

“This is a fabulous chance for all the family to get into the festive spirit and start their Christmas shopping,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration.

“Our traffic-free markets are growing in size and popularity with residents and businesses in the borough as they help make H&F the greatest place to live, work and shop in Europe.”

There will also be live music in Lyric Square from 11am to 5pm on the day with performances from the Lyric, Irish Centre, Street Dance, West London Choir and some of London’s most talented buskers.

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Image caption: Image 2: Entertainers Arturo and Sophie will be appearing at the market

Changing face

Shepherds Bush resident Peter Ballard is the founder and candlemaker of Organic Mills and cannot wait for the new Hammersmith Christmas Market.

The local entrepreneur has lived in the borough for over 20 years and is amazed at the changing face of King Street.

“I always used to think why isn’t there a street market on King Street and now we will have one,” said Peter. “This high street has really made great strides forward and has such a nice vibe now. With the new shops and now the new Christmas market there is a fabulous feel to the place and I cannot wait for the market.”

Peter works alongside his wife Tamara who run the stall together which now includes cosmetics as well as candles.

Tamara finds the correct ingredients for the cosmetics and husband Peter then makes and markets the products before working together on the stall.

The H&F businessman is in the process of establishing a farm in Sri Lanka where he recently returned from in preparation for the Christmas market.

Peter fell in love with the council’s seasonal markets when he took part in his first ever market at the last North End Road Spring Market event.

“It was great seeing all the different people from across the borough enjoying themselves at the market. The Hammersmith Christmas Market will be another amazing day for all the community,” added Peter.

Road closure – King Street

Motorists are advised 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. Residents have been sent a letter with details of the road closure. See map below.

Buses using King Street will be diverted – routes 27, 72, 94, 190, 220, 266, 267, 283, 295, 391, 237, H91, N9 and N11.