Christmas Arrives Early in Pitshanger

Weekend of activities planned up and down the Lane

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Pitshanger residents could be fooled into thinking all their Christmasses had come at once, with the first weekend in Advent seeing a whole series of festive events up and down the Lane.

The weekend launches on Friday 29th November when a high-class shopper's paradise unfolds at St Barnabas from 5.30-8.30pm. It will be the perfect opportunity to buy interesting and unusual Christmas gifts. The fair will offer hot food and mulled wine, Harrisons Wine and Cheeses, vintage jewellery, Christmas wreaths and table centrepieces, handmade chocolates, essential oils, beauty products, designer cards, Neal's Yard organics, local pottery and artwork, children's books, candles, glassware, baubles and other seasonal gift items.

Not only that, but Santa has flown in especially to open a grotto in the church and there will be lots of children's activities, carefully supervised in the church, so their parents can have a drink and shop as well, while their youngsters are safely occupied.

On Saturday 30th November, at the other end of the lane, children young and old will enjoy the North Ealing School Fair from 1 pm - 4pm.
On the morning of Sunday 1st December, Pitshanger residents will gather back at St Barnabas to celebrate the start of Advent with a 10:30 am service including a parade of the local Scouting groups. All the community are welcome to this service, and are invited to bring a new, wrapped gift for a child which will be passed to a family who could not otherwise afford to give a present to their children themselves.

The afternoon of Sunday 1st December, from 4 pm - 7pm, brings the jewel in the Pitshanger Christmas crown - the annual celebration of Light Up The Lane, a celebration of shopping, socialising, amusements, food, song and dance for the community. Pitshanger Lane is closed to traffic and there are stalls and entertainment up and down the Lane, including many acts from the local dance school and primary schools.

The tree lights lit this night - many thousands of them in the trees along Pitshanger Lane – will be lit every evening during the Christmas period, cheering up the local area right through to twelfth night.

Where: All these events can be found on Pitshanger Lane, W5 - easily reached on the E2 or E9 bus, free parking on most local streets. Note, diversions may apply to the buses on Sunday. Pitshanger Lane can be easily reached from the Kent Gardens stop on the diversion route.

26th November 2013