It’s begining to look a lot like Christmas around Hackney



Tis the season for shopping and much merriment.  For those who yearn for something more traditional, local and reflecting the diversity of Hackney,  it’s all at your door-step and kicks off on Sunday, 1st December.

Here is a sample of what’s around. For more festive happenings, please check out our Events Gigs n Things page for all up coming events for Christmas, New Year and next year. It’s FREE and easy to add your own events

Sunday 1 December

Lighting Up Hackney

Make Hackney Sparkle is returning to the borough this Christmas and is set to be bigger, brighter and better. The council, local business partners, community groups and famous fashion designers have teamed up to decorate the borough and bring free events and surprises throughout December.

The official Christmas lights switch-on by the Speaker of Hackney will take place in Hackney Town Hall Square. Join in the carol singing with the Hackney Empire choir including characters from this year’s pantomime, Puss in Boots. The event starts from 4pm.

December 4th, 11th and 18th

Late Night Shopping in Stoke Newington

For the second year running here in Stoke Newington, a selection of local businesses will be opening late, til 8pm, on Wednesdays in December (4th, 11th and 18th).

Stoke Newington is an area which is primarily led by independent businesses, which becomes increasingly difficult as the chains loom ever larger.

With events such as these ‘Christmas Lates’ hopes to encourage locals, and those from further afield, to support small, independent businesses and increase community feeling.

Thursday 12th December 

Christmas Carol Singing – Outside Stoke Newington Fire Station

Dress up in Victoria Christmas fancy dress

Mulled Wine

Meet Father Christmas

Mince Pies

Festive Dog Competition

Sunday 15th December

The Christmas African Market – Gillett Square, Dalston – 12 pm

The perfect place for the most original and handcrafted Christmas gifts in the heart of Hackney!

Open The Gate is proudly hosting their unique alternative fair, The African Market, in the heart of Dalston – for a Christmas special, featuring a selection of the most talented designers from Africa and inspired by African cultures.

Original & ethical fashion, accessories, jewellery, shoes as well as Arts & Crafts, homeware, natural beauty products, books, music, arts and more.

Local & international charities are also represented, promoting their actions and raising awareness but also funds by selling goods.

Christmas Craft Fair – Hackney City Farm

12 pm – 4.30 pm
Hackney City Farm’s annual Christmas Craft Fair. Full of creative stalls to inspire your Christmas presents.come and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, music and mulled wine.

Sunday 8 December  9.30am – 12pm

Santa Fun Run

Local Charity Headway east London needs people to dress up as Santa for a day and take part in a 5k or 10k run at Victoria Park. You get your santa suit for free. It’s a really unique event that will get you in the festive mood.  Victoria Park, Old Ford Road.

Parking around Hackneys markets.

Free festive parking will be available on the roads and streets beside Hoxton and Ridley Road markets on Saturday 14 and Friday 21 December 2013.

There are no parking restrictions on Saturdays at Broadway Market, or Sundays at Chatsworth Road and markets.

For more event details please check out Events, Gigs n Things.

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