The Greenwich lantern procession and the switching on of the Market’s Christmas sparkly lights was a joyous start to the festivities on Wednesday 21 November. Primary school children from five local schools – Invicta Blackheath and Deptford, Meridian, James Wolfe and St Matthews - led by the jazz band Tunnel Chops from Trinity Laban, proudly paraded more than 50 handmade paper lanterns depicting the story of the Nativity. Giant size and beautifully painted, Mary with Baby Jesus, the Angel Gabriel surrounded by a host of angels, shepherds with a flock of sheep, a donkey, a Moon and stars and little Bethlehem houses followed the Star of Bethlehem through the ORNC grounds and Cutty Sark Gardens and into the Market for the big Christmas Countdown and Lights On.
Timothy Pellegrino (7), a pupil from Abbeywood School, was named as the 2018 Christmas Light Switcher-On-Er, winning the chance to switch on the Greenwich Market Lights this year. Following a raucous countdown he pressed the button like a professional! Timothy said: ‘It was such fun to switch on the Greenwich Market Lights – I’m so happy I won! It really feels like Christmas now!’
The crowd were entertained with festive tunes by the Greenwich Stagecoach young singers, followed by a trio of dance performances - ballet, tap and street - from the Angelina Jandolo Dance Showcase. Waitrose Greenwich kindly provided mince pies to all the visitors.