Countdown to Christmas with Town Hall light switch on


Hackney’s fun-packed winter festival begins on Sunday 27 November with the big Christmas lights switch on. Help make the streets sparkle this festive season with an afternoon of entertainment and festive community spirit.

Pantomime characters from Hackney Empire’s Sleeping Beauty will be on hand to help the Speaker of Hackney, Cllr Rosemary Sales, switch on the lights.

The event will kick-off the Christmas festivities with music from the Hackney Community Choir and a theatrical spectacular from The Rollettes of Graeae’s Theatre Company.

As well as enjoying the entertainment residents can pick up bicycle reflectors, lights and ruck sack covers to help them keep safe on dark winter evenings. Cyclists can also get a Dr.Bike health check to fix minor problems and get bikes securely marked by police officers.

The Hackney Central Christmas tree will be joined by four others located in each of the borough’s town centres all decked out in different decorations. Residents who spot the trees are being encouraged to give their opinion on this season’s unique designs on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using #MakeHackneySparkle.

The switch-on is just one of many special events planned throughout Winter at Hackney’s markets and across its town centres, such a free film screenings and a children's christmas party.

You can find loads of Christmas listings, offers and news by following @lovehackney on twitter and by using #MakeHackneySparkle.

Look out for a special four page ‘Make Hackney Sparkle’ feature in the next issue of Hackney Today on 28 November that will include some of the ‘not to miss’ festive events in Hackney.

Hackney Christmas light switch on

Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Date: Sunday 27th November

Venue: Hackney Town Hall Steps, Mare Street E8