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Christmas is coming early this year at the car-free North End Road festive market

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Image captionPhoto 1: Santa will be paying a visit to the market in Fulham with his grotto situated at Credit Union, on the corner of Coomer Place

Get into the holiday spirit at the traffic-free North End Road Christmas Market on Saturday 15 December from 9am to 5pm.

Explore the festive fun-land with more than 150 stalls of seasonal food, drinks and gifts which includes arts and crafts, clothing, fashion accessories and more.

Santa will also be paying a visit to the market in Fulham with his grotto situated at Credit Union, on the corner of Coomer Place, alongside a packed line-up of street entertainment and live music.

Entertainment programme

“Come down and enjoy the North End Road Christmas Market,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for the Economy and the Arts. “Our popular traffic-free markets have helped boost our local high streets as we strive to make H&F the best place to live, work and play in Europe.”

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Image caption: Photo 2: Explore the festive fun-land with more than 150 seasonal stalls

The North End Road Christmas Market forms part of the popular series of pedestrian-friendly seasonal street markets which take place every year on the 131-year-old high street.

Family fun

The line-up of street performers includes the return of crowd-favourite, Bridie the Tea Lady, demonstrating stilt-walking at its very best.

While the Santa Claws will be singing Christmas carols such as ‘Stray in a Manger’, ‘We Three Cats’ and ‘Ding Dong Tabilly on High’ as the tenacious tabbies perform in bins overflowing with unwanted toys, pullovers and hidden Brussels sprouts.

Other acts on the entertainment schedule include the sparkling Optioscopes plus Rubella, Salmonella and Buttons bringing a bit of panto to the day.

While there will be four busking points spread out across the market featuring a rock choir, an exciting swing band and local resident DJ Boots spinning the decks, to name but a few of the music acts.

Local entrepreneur

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Image caption: Photo 3: Aki Iwai, founder of Axelina Productions

Fulham resident and entrepreneur Aki Iwai doesn’t have far to go for the Christmas market as he lives on North End Road.

The founder of Axelina Productions has been taking part in the traffic-free markets for the last three years.

He designs t-shirts, cards and tote bags with characters from the children’s book he is currently writing. And he has also created some Christmas cards for this year’s market which feature an otter and a bear, who star in his book, but he is still undecided on the names for the two characters.

“The Christmas markets are a great occasion for all the family,” said Aki. “I can’t wait for this year’s market.

“The markets have helped me to show the public my work and understand what people like. It’s a great event for local entrepreneurs starting a new business.”

Aki, who is originally from Kumamoto in south-west Japan, has just finished studying a course in illustrations at the Macbeth Centre.

“The Macbeth Centre is a great place as I can learn some new drawing techniques and skills. You are always learning,” added the illustrator.

The Macbeth Centre, in Macbeth Street, is an adult learning and skills service provided by H&F Council.

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Image caption: Photo 4: A variety of acts will appear on the entertainment schedule

Be part of improving North End Road

The North End Road Action Group (NERAG) is made up of residents, businesses, market traders and local organisations who – alongside H&F Council – aim to boost North End Road as a thriving high street with its historic market at its core.

For more details, please email or call Nicki Burgess on 020 8753 5695.

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