Herne Hill gets festive at the Christmas Fair

You could almost hear the sleigh bells ringing this December as Herne Hill unveiled its Christmas Fair. From bustling market stalls to a Christmas parade, the 2015 Fair, organised by the Herne Hill Forum, was full of festive delights and celebrated local businesses, on Small Business Saturday.

People gathered to pick up Christmas treats at the array of stalls which lined Station Square, with vintage woven blankets, colourful decorations, and even upcycled glassware up for grabs. Lottie Davies from Coldharbourlights, in Herne Hill, makes beautiful chandeliers from a mix of bicycle cogs, crystals and anything else which can be found, which sparkled in the wintry sun.

An array of local musicians kept the crowds entertained, including soprano Elizabeth Hungerford and the much-loved Cambria choir, who got Herne Hill swinging with some foot-tapping favourites.

The fun continued down Half Moon Lane, where children gathered to hear stories of Ferocious Dennis by local author Gareth Hutchins, while the adults were treated to an eclectic mix of music outside the Half Moon Pub, including folk group The Relatively Good Radio show.

Jelly Tots was transformed into a fairytale Santa’s grotto, greeting over 200 children.

Robyn Brierley- Odulate, age 7 from Herne Hill, had a great time meeting Santa and his elf friend, saying. ‘It was so exciting meeting Santa. What do I want for Christmas? That’s a secret only Santa knows!’

Ben (age 11) and Alice (age 8) Valette from Stockwell got busy biscuit decorating at the Sweet Carolina stall. " It’s really fun, we’re making them for my Dad’s birthday” he said.

Giles Gibson from the Herne Hill Forum said, “It was great to see Herne Hill bringing some Christmas magic, despite the windy weather! Thanks so much to all the volunteers and businesses, who made this happen.” 

You can see a selection of Christmas photos here: http://www.hernehill.org.uk/photo-albums/herne-hill-gets-festive-christm...