Wimbledon Welcomes In Christmas

Winter Wonderland fun in the town centre

Love Wimbledon pedestrianised part of Wimbledon Broadway on Sunday (November 29) to welcome Christmas to Wimbledon with their Wimbledon Winter Wonderland spectacular.

Thousands were treated to festive performances, Christmas market stalls, street entertainment and children's rides.

Shrek from New Wimbledon Theatre appeared and a giant stilt walking snowmen, fairies and a roller skating Christmas pudding brought the magic of Christmas to Wimbledon.

New this year was the 'magical marquee' area which provided a covered area for families to sit, enjoy hot food and take in all the magic.

Sally Warren, of Love Wimbledon, said: "The event this year was all about families from the local area. We created places to relax, enjoy and take in the Christmas music, feel and entertainment.

"Not having a large main stage on The Broadway was a decision made by Love Wimbledon so that the flow ran well and the experience was enjoyable for all. We’ve had lots of comments on the relaxed and festive feel it had".

With the Mayor of Merton officially opening the event, musical acts including Borough Brass, Singswell and singer Emily Lee with presenter Paul Evers kept gatherers entertained with festive fun and Christmas songs.

Children’s rides including a carousel, rodeo reindeer and a snowboard simulator gave plenty to keep children happily entertained.

Family photos took place within a giant snow globe and market stalls sold festive presents and foods, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts, as well as a popcorn stand and candyfloss.

Elys department store got into the Christmas spirit also with festive activity and entertainment on every floor, while Centre Court Shopping Centre hosted a stage with performances all day. The only disappointment is that weather conditions meant the annual fireworks show had to be cancelled.

Merton Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC) were on hand to give out crime prevention leaflets and help organisers, as well as supporting London Air Ambulance staff, having a go on the snow boards and being pictured in the snow globe (above right).

  • There are three VPC units for children aged 13-18 in Merton, including one in Wimbledon. To find out more go to their Twitter pages: @mertonvpc, @mpscadets, @nationalvpc, @MPSMerton or visit www.met.police.uk.

    December 4, 2015