Christmas 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shops 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.