Sleigh bells ring, are you listening... the traffic-free Hammersmith Christmas market is coming to town

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as the traffic-free Hammersmith Christmas market returns on Saturday 1 December from 10am to 5.30pm.

Head down to a pedestrian-friendly King Street with more than 100 seasonal food, drink and gift stalls alongside live music performances across the festive market and on the stage at Lyric Square.

This is the third time the market has come to Hammersmith in H&F Council’s popular seasonal street market series – which also includes the North End Road seasonal markets.

“Get into the festive spirit early this year and come down to the Hammersmith Christmas market,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for the Economy and the Arts.

“There will be something for all the family at the car-free event. We’re working hard to revigorated our high streets as we aim to make H&F the best place to live, work and play in Europe.”

The inaugural Hammersmith market was held last December just in time for Christmas.

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Image caption: Image 1: The main man himself, Santa, will be paying a visit to King Street

Festive treat

There will be a fun-filled line-up of street performers on the day including the Have a Banana One Man Band giving lessons in how to play spoons and use a banana as a musical instrument.

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Image caption: Image 2: Have a Banana One Man Band

Not to mention, the Mistletoes Belles, seven-feet tall Robins, Mr Cool Snowman and the main man himself, Santa, paying a visit to King Street.

A line-up of all the live music and entertainment acts performing on the Lyric Square stage will be revealed soon as well as on the four busking pods scattered across the market with everything from Christmas tunes to pop, soul, jazz, a cappella and trumpets on the bill.

White City entrepreneur

White City resident and entrepreneur Saba Hammad will celebrate the first-year anniversary of her company Kaleidochic London at the market.

She founded her jewellery company this time last year but missed out on the opportunity to trade at the first-ever Hammersmith Christmas market.

“I took part in the last Hammersmith market which was a great event. But I can’t wait for the Christmas market,” said Saba.

“I’ve heard so many amazing things about last year’s event. It promises to be another fabulous market full of food, entertainment and gifts.”

Saba first began displaying her colourful collection at Petit Miracles in Shepherds Bush.

“Petit Miracles are fantastic. They gave me my first opportunity to showcase my work to the public. They offer local entrepreneurs the support to build their business as well as offering a free space to test the market,” she added.

The jewellery designer, who hand makes all her wares, was born in Wembley but then moved to Saudi Arabia when she was just four years old.

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Image caption: Image 3: White City resident Saba Hammad

She eventually came back to London and has now lived in White City for 15 years where she works as a finance officer for the Harmony Neighbourhood Nursery in Australia Road when she is not jewellery designing.

Made in H&F

While you are in King Street, why not pop into the new Made in H&F pop-up store at Kings Mall? It’s the newest addition to the shopping centre designed specifically for local artists and designers to showcase their latest creations.

H&F Council has teamed up with Hammersmith BID and Kings Mall shopping centre to provide an affordable workspace for more than twenty local small business owners.

The Made in H&F shop is located next to Sainsburys in the shopping centre.