The alpine lodges in Croydon’s North End may have been a strange sight to some; but, for those who were curious or in-the-know, they gave great delight.
The Christmas Market opened yesterday and families flocked to warm themselves with the range of food on offer. There was something on show for everyone; from live music to an appearance from Peppa Pig; from pantomime to pyrotechnics.
Special guests included players from Crystal Palace FC and Croydon’s Mayor, Councillor Patricia Hayes-Justice.
Matthew Sims, Chief Executive of Croydon BID, who organised the event, said in a statement: “This is undoubtedly our biggest and most spectacular event to date with a bumper programme of great, all-round activity, thanks to generous sponsorship from Gatwick Airport.”
Sims told Eastlondonlines: “The festive season has well and truly begun. We’re excited to welcome over thirty traders to our traditional chalets, offering a wealth of food, drink arts and crafts. Looking forward to seeing everyone as we get ready for Christmas.”
Andrew Bradley, 65, one of the event managers from UK Mobile Bars, told Eastlondonlines: “We’ve dressed the bar to look like a ski lodge, serving craft beers, mulled wine, hot cider, tea, coffee, hot chocolate. All sorts of things. It’s nice to see a family atmosphere here… Everybody’s welcome.”
The ‘Christmas Chalet’ stalls open at 10:00am, under wreaths and fairy lights and remain open until 6:00 pm, every day until December 15, inclusive.