Croydon Christmas Market open for business

Shoppers in the North End. Pic: Jordan Lane

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. 

Pic: Jordan Lane

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 and Shelby from the Alpine Lodge Bar. Pic: Jordan Lane

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.  

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