Festive mood for everyone at Roman Road Market Christmas Fair

Festive cheer on Roman Road. Pics: Roman Koblov

Roman Road Market’s Christmas Fair took place on Saturday in Tower Hamlets, drawing large crowds and creating a festive spirit among visitors to the annual fair.

The traditional East London market in Bow was transformed: traditional booths usually selling vinyl records and hand beaded jewellery were adorned with decorative wreaths, miniature Christmas trees and an array of other seasonal treats.

Children were lucky enough to take part in craft activities and a Santa letter-writing workshop whilst visiting a sparkly grotto.

Mrs. Claus could be spotted walking around the market square with a couple of elves at her side, taking photos and singing carols with children. In the evening, an adult choir joined in the festive sing-song.

The Christmas fair coincided with two events – Small Business Saturday – an annual grassroots campaign, which encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ – and East End Independents’ Day – a celebration of independent businesses in the East End.

Local businesses donated free gifts that Santa handed out to children. The booths were filled with locally made festive goods, which visitors to the market could enjoy whilst supporting a good cause.

The Christmas market offered mulled wine, large home-made sugar cookies and hot chocolate. An assortment of tasty, hand-made jams filled an entire booth.

Roman Road Trust, a non-profit community development organisation, were responsible for organising the Christmas fair. The trust is committed to keeping the Bow community at the heart of regeneration by developing initiatives to support the local economy and encourage community integration.

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