Greenwich Market has unveiled its sparkling new Christmas Lights at the 2019 Children’s Lantern Parade
Seven beautifully illuminated lanterns, suspended from the Market roof, depict artistic interpretations of the gifts described in ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ carol. The illustrations are framed by iconic Greenwich scenes such as The Cutty Sark, The Greenwich Foot Tunnel, The Old Royal Naval College, The Royal Observatory and the buildings of Canary Wharf which can be seen from the viewpoint in Greenwich Park. The lantern lights are set amongst golden icicles, creating a heavenly setting for London’s favorite arts and crafts market.
The switching on of the lights was the show stopping finale of the annual Greenwich Childrens’ Lantern Parade. Local singer, songwriter and presenter, Jack Rose (JCK) flipped the switch to light up Greenwich Market and then treated the crowds gathered to a live performance of popular covers.
The Lantern Parade, generously sponsored by Crown charity and local landowner Greenwich Hospital, also took the theme of ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’. ArtyParty helped pupils from five local schools (Meridian Primary School, St Matthew Academy, James Wolfe Primary School, Ivicta Primary Schools Deptford and Blackheath) create large, colourful, paper lanterns. Led by jazz band Tunnel Chops and The Mayor, Cllr Mick Hayes, The Mayoress of Greenwich, Howard Cattermole Secretary of Greenwich Hospital, the children and parents proudly paraded through the ORNC grounds, round Cutty Sark Gardens and into the Market for the big Christmas Countdown and Lights On. After the lights on, pupils from the Angelina Jandolo Dance Showcase and Greenwich Stagecoach singers performed on stage, to the delight of visitors of all ages.
The evening was especially festive thanks to the simultaneous Greenwich Town Centre Lights On, generously hosted by Royal Borough of Greenwich. Crowds were entertained in Cutty Sark Gardens by street and stage performers, school choirs and the switching on of the Greenwich Christmas Tree lights. Other popular activities included a giant snow globe photo booth and children’s arts and crafts, balloon modelling and fairground rides