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Shop locally and support Lambeth’s High Streets this Christmas

Make the most of the fantastic range of local shops and markets in Lambeth when doing your Christmas shopping this year in order to support the local economy and jobs.

The borough is gearing up for Christmas with a number of festive events and celebrations planned for town centres, and with the community, businesses and the council working together to help give the borough a festival feel.

Cllr Jackie Meldrum, deputy leader of the council and cabinet member for enterprise, said:

“We have an amazing variety of shops and markets in our town centres, so I’d really recommend people shop locally for their Christmas presents this year. The support of residents can make a huge difference to our high streets, particularly for smaller independent shops.

“The council is working with local businesses to provide lights and trees across the borough and help everyone get in the Christmas spirit, despite these tough times.”

A range of activities will be taking place across town centres in the run up to Christmas. They include.

Brixton – Carol singing and festivities around the Christmas tree next to Morley’s from 4pm on Friday November 30th before the lights are switched on by the Mayor of Lambeth at 5pm. Led by local businesses and the Brixton Business Improvement District Development Company, pupils from Corpus Christi Primary School will lead the Carols. There will be a range of special events and markets in the run up to Christmas organised by Brixton Market Traders’ Federation including a ‘Makers Market’ on December 8th selling a range crafts ~ hand made home furnishings, and collectable goods, and a retro and vintage market on December 15th with dozens of stalls offering great Christmas gifts. For more information see www.brixtonmarket.net

Waterloo – Christmas lights provided by Waterloo Quarter will be switched on Thursday 6th December from 5.30-6.30pm opposite the Old Vic Theatre and there will also be a Community Christmas market on Friday 7th December from 11.00-3.30pm, including designer maker stalls from local businesses and community groups.

The traditional German Christmas market is also once again coming to the Southbank every day until 10pm with 80 authentically decorated wooden chalets selling a wide range of unique hand-crafted gifts and unusual Christmas presents.

West Norwood – On Saturday December 1st there will be a special Christmas Lights event from 4pm-8pm with a steel band, carol singing and a night time food market, children’s activities and a light show put on by Creatmosphere.

A special Christmas version of the West Norwood FEAST will take place on Sunday December 2 from 10am -4pm With delicious food, vintage wares, arts and crafts and loads for the garden, it’s the place to be if you want to pick up some last minute Christmas presents.

Both events have been organised by the West Norwood FEAST, a non-profit, monthly market run entirely by volunteers from the local area, which has support from Lambeth Council.  www.westnorwoodfeast.com

The Friends of Norwood Park have arranged a Christmas tree dressing ceremony on Sunday 2 December with carol singing and refreshments including mince pies and hot drinks in the cafe area between 2pm and 4pm.

Vauxhall – Lighting of the Christmas tree Wednesday 28 November at Kennington Lane entrance to Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens with Kate Hoey MP performing the switch on ceremony

Streatham – local businesses and the council have organised a Christmas lights switch on Friday 30th November  from 3.30pm to 4.30pm in front of the Streatham Odeon cinema on Streatham High Road. There will be entertainment by the stars of ‘Streatham’s Got Talent’ and Christmas goodies. There will also be a special artisans market on Sunday 16 November from 10am -3pm at the corner of Babington Road and Mitcham Lane.

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