A Very Merry Muswell

credit Robert Day

Run, run, as fast as you can! You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!”– We’re delighted to announce that the cast of the Gingerbread Man from Jackson’s Lane will be turning on the lights at 4pm on Saturday 1st December.

Catch the show, The Gingerbread Man and his adventures will re-appear at Jacksons Lane every day from 1st–24th December for a delightful and musical Christmas show for children aged 3+.


Our entertainment timetables are now up and ready to be downloaded.  Running order for St James Square and St James Church.  For information about our acts, visit our entertainment page.


bauble decoratingOutdoor Market Stalls

Come and join us in St James Square where you will find

Art and Crafts – Decorate a bauble either to hang on the tree in St James Square or for you to take home.

You can also immerse yourself in the world of Jackson’s Muswell Chill candlesLane Gingerbread Man and do a spot of gingerbread man decorating.  Enter their competition for the best Gingerbread Man.

Muswell Chill Candles are back. Muswell Chill Candles is a small local business offering hand poured English candles.

Local Community Groups – Find out how to join one of the vibrant community groups that gives Muswell Hill its character.

MHFGAMuswell Hill and Fortis Green Association – This wonderful association has been part of the Muswell Hill scene since 1948.  They do fabulous things for the area and have a very strong traders/corporate presence as well as local neighbours.  Do drop by and have a go (or two) on their tombola, proceeds go towards WAVE.

Muswell Hill Sustainability Group – A fast-growing group of local residents concerned about climate change and Muswell Hill Sustainability Groupsustainability. Their aim is to reduce carbon emissions and waste in the Muswell Hill and surrounding areas, encouraging residents, local businesses and community groups to live more sustainably.

wavecafeWAVE Cafe – Take a look at some of the artwork they’ve made at Wave Cafe this term.  Pick up a flyer for next term’s events and look at some photos from the arts workshops. You can buy some christmas cards made from prints of some of our paintings, and depending on availability, they are hoping to make some hot mulled apple juice to give out.

Lab spaLab Spa – Market sponsors is the Laboratory (Muswell Hill gym and spa). More than just a gym, The Laboratory Spa & Health Club is an elegant, tranquil space to workout and relax in. Offering over 100 classes, beautiful 25 metre swimming pools, some of the finest gym equipment in London
and great value gym memberships. We are proud to be the health club of choice for Olympic medalists and Aleionmembers alike.

Food and Drink – You are bound to get hungry and thirsty watching the entertainment around our Christmas tree so why not drop by one of our food and drink stalls.

Aleion – Aleion is a cosy independent restaurant opened in Muswell Hill Broadway in 2017.  We are excited that they will be providing hot food outside St James Church.

Urban Edibles – Shira Bernstein will be serving up delicious smoked salmon in bagels.

Franco MancaFranco Manca – Sourdough pizza specialists will be bringing hot pizzas from their Muswell Hill branch to St James Square

Luso RootsLuso Roots – Ana Remigio will be bringing Portuguese inspired sweet treats to St James Square this 1st December

N10 beerMuswell Hillbilly Brewers – Muswell Hillbilly Brewers are a microbrewery in North London who aim to share our love of making and drinking good beer.

JeroboamsJeroboams at Prohibition – New kids on the block Jeroboams will be having a stall at A Very Merry Muswell to get to know their local community plus sell some wines!

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! 

 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  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 1st December  2pm-5pm (Tree Lighting ceremony 4pm) the tree will be lit up for the third time at a celebration in St James Square – which we are calling A Very Merry Muswell.  

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

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.

The action this year is bigger and better.  In St James Square, we will have arts & craft activities, a children’s carousel, games, food and information stalls plus entertainment from Highgate and Muswell Brass, Fortismere Community Choir, PopChoir and Viva Voce.  Do join us at 4pm when our very special guests will turn on the lights.  Watch this space for further announcements.

In St James Church, we will have a craft market, Santa’s grotto and a jam-packed entertainment programme brought to you by BonaFideStudio.