Brixton Christmas lights switch on: 4pm Friday, 2nd December

Brixton Christmas lights switch on: 4pm Friday, 2nd December

Brixton’s Christmas lights are getting switched on this year from 4pm in Windrush Square, central Brixton.

There’ll also be a Brixton library Christmas card workshop, 4pm, followed by a young people’s light  parade at 5pm and the launch of a new ‘twilight’ street market, the Brixton Sundowner, from 5pm to 8pm.

The market will run every Friday in December from 5 – 10pm on Windrush Square, Brixton.

Brixton Christmas lights switch on: 4pm Friday, 2nd December

The St Martins Elite choir will also be in attendance for the Christmas Lights ceremony, singing three songs for everyone.

Brixton Christmas lights switch on: 4pm Friday, 2nd December

An Edwardian Brixton Christmas

In Edwardian times, festive Brixtonites really went for the festive season in a mighty big way, as you can see in this 1908 view of Electric Avenue.

The street – once an upmarket shopping destination – is bedecked in a forest of Christmas trees with loads of dangly bits hanging from its now vanished canopies.

Sadly, a little less effort seems to go into the decorations now:
Christmas in Brixton, old and new
Christmas in Brixton, 2008
Christmas in Brixton, 2007
Then and Now: Electric Avenue, Christmas