A Very Merry Muswell

baubleChristmas shopping in Muswell Hill has always been fun – independent food and wine shops, places to find unique gifts and a wide choice of cafes and restaurants where you can take a break.  But there’s been one thing missing – a Christmas tree! 

Last year was different!  The Friends of St James Square have successfully bid for Council funding to build a pit for a large Christmas tree in the new heart of Muswell Hill, close by the Everyman Cinema and Planet Organic.  Our energetic community group, who brought you Midsummer Muswell and the Geisterfest, submitted a bid for the Muswell Hill ward budget.  This money is allocated every year by Haringey Council to each ward, with councillors choosing the successful bids. Local councillors for Muswell Hill, Gail Engert, Pippa Connor and Mark Blake all supported the bid by the Friends of St James Square. The plan is that we will have a gorgeous tree each year, lit up throughout the holiday season.  

CC merry muswell oct 2017

Chloe Potter

On Saturday 9th December  12pm-5pm the tree will be lit up for the second time at a celebration in St James Square – which we are calling A Very Merry Muswell.  

Chloe Potter, TV reporter and newscaster will be turning the lights on at 4pm. Chloe lives on Hillfield Park with her husband and two little boys and is very happy to be part of Muswell Hill’s wonderful community. During her career as a broadcast journalist, she has worked for Sky News, Sky Arts, Magic FM and Monocle 24. You can currently see her reading the news on Channel 5. Chloe  said “I am SO excited to be turning on the lights! Stuff of dreams!


A Very Merry Muswell will feature choirs and singers and plenty of seasonal food and drink. A Very Merry Muswell Entertainment Time Table

As part of A Very Merry Muswell, we will be holding a market where visitors will be able to purchase goods made or sold by the good people of Muswell Hill.  There are many creative businesses in N10 who do not have a shop front.  We are offering them the opportunity to share their talents with North London in our Christmas market.  We are also hoping that the local traders will participate with discounts on this “shop local” day.

Deanna Bogdanovic, of the BonaFideStudio and Friends of St James Square, said “after the success of our Midsummer Muswell, we are really excited about A Very Merry Muswell – just the thing to get everyone in a festive mood!”

If you are a local business who wants to get involved, be it as part of the market, a business offering a discount or giveaway or a general supporter then please email us at muswellife@gmail.com.

Shops & Organisations already confirmed to participate:

Planet Organic – Will set up a stand or two outside in front of the store to sell mulled wine, hot chocolate, mince pies, etc.

SainsburysSainsburys – Will be providing free mince pies to keep you warm this A Very Merry Muswell.  Do take a look under the Sainsburys gazebos for gingerbread and bauble decoration activities too.

St James Church– Christmas Experience

Saturday 9th December. Tours start every 10 minutes between 1.30-4pm (last tour finishes by 5pm)

Take a tour of the Christmas Experience meeting the characters and live animals from the Nativity story.

Tickets £3 each

NB not suitable for children under 4yrs old.


EviePLEASE HELP EVIE – Blood stem cell registration event

She was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in 2014. After intensive chemotherapy, which lasted several months, Evie went into remission. In June 2015 Evie’s leukaemia returned and she was also diagnosed with MDS.

In November 2015, Evie received a blood stem cell donation to try to save her life. However, sadly she has relapsed for a third time and doctors have confirmed that Evie needs a second blood stem cell donation within the next few months for her best chance of survival.

You could help Evie and others just like her. On Saturday 9th December, a group of local parents will be hosting a donor registration event at St James Church Muswell Hill to give you the opportunity to register as a potential blood stem cell donor to help save the life of a person with a blood cancer or blood disorder.

For many blood cancer patients a blood stem cell donation is their only chance of survival, but only half of the people diagnosed in the UK find a matching donor.

To find out if you are a matching donor for someone in need of a blood stem cell transplant, all it takes is completing a form, two swabs of the inside of your cheek and five minutes of your time.

You could be someone’s lifesaver!

If you are in general good health, between the ages of 18-55 you can become a potential blood stem cell donor and pre-registration is possible from the age of 17.

PLEASE JOIN US:              

  • Date:  Saturday 9th December
  • Time:  10am – 4pm
  • Location:  St James Church, St James Lane, Muswell Hill, London N10 3DB


Creative Writes Workshop

On Saturday 9th Dec, Muswell Hill Library are holding a special festive-themed Creative Writing Workshop in the library from 2-3pm. The workshop will be run by Nichola Charalambou, founder of Creative Writes (http://www.creativewrites.co.uk/). It is primarily aimed at adults.

Nichola is a fantastic workshop co-ordinator and has held workshops in the library on many previous occasions. We are delighted to have her return as her groups are incredibly popular and well-received.

As a special Christmas treat there will be Mince Pies and vouchers to collect Mulled Wine from the ‘Very Merry Muswell’ Christmas Fair taking place from 12-5pm in St James’s Square (outside Planet Organic).

Please tell your friends and family members! And remember to arrive on time – our talks always fill up very quickly.