Sean Bean and Jon Culshaw to light up Hampstead Christmas Festival

18:45 23 November 2012

Sean Bean will appear at the Hampstead Christmas Festival. File picture: PA Wire

Sean Bean will appear at the Hampstead Christmas Festival. File picture: PA Wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Thousands of people will descend on Hampstead on Sunday as the village is transformed into a winter wonderland for what is expected to be the biggest and best Christmas festival yet.

Everyone from Father Christmas and his reindeer to Shrek and Princess Fiona from the West End musical will be in attendance for what has become a red letter day in Hampstead’s festive calendar.

Actor Sean Bean from Lord of the Rings, and comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw will be on hand to turn on the lights in the village and bring a sprinkle of celebrity sparkle to the event organised by the NW3 Hampstead Business Group.

Alexandra Lavery, co-chairman of the event, said: “There is something for everybody at the festival this year and it will be bigger and better than ever with two A-list celebrities.

“Everything is really falling into place and we’re all excited about it. It should be a great day and everyone will have a whale of a time.”

Kicking off at 10.30am with a free screening of Puss in Boots at the Everyman Cinema, the festival will get under way in earnest at noon as traders line the streets.

Fire-eaters, face painters and magicians will wow the throngs of people gathered in the village as Hampstead High Street and Heath Street close for the festival.

At 4.30pm Shrek and Princess Fiona will give a short performance based on the hit musical before handing over to Bean and Culshaw for the countdown to the switching on of the Christmas lights.

There will also be fun for the all family.

Toddlers can go to Pentameters Theatre for Punch and Judy performances before embarking on a Shrek treasure hunt around the village.

More traditional festive features will also be on show in the shape of Father Christmas in his grotto.

If it’s action you’re after then the nine fairground rides in Hampstead High Street and wandering fire-eaters and magicians should be enough for any thrill seeker, and all to the tune of an assortment of jazz bands on the main stage.

The Rock Choir, who have performed on BBC’s The One Show, will be followed by Roundhouse regulars the Runner Brothers and Mad Dog Rock – featuring John Moss of Culture Club – will round things off before Shrek and Fiona.

Shoppers are also catered for, with more than 80 stalls lining the streets, joined by arts and crafts pop-up shops from Marylebone and Broadway markets.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London news

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Speaks for itself, really, doesn't it? [Google]

In the run-up to the general election, we’ve decided to tell you what you really want to know about David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nigel Farage, Natalie Bennett and Nick...Someone based on Google searches.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Police want to speak to this man in connection with an incident that left a man needing 13 stitches [Photograph from British Transport Police]

A man needed 15 stitches after he was hit in the face with a glass thrown at someone else outside the Hamilton Hall pub in Liverpool Street station.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
St Hilaire took photos of a sleeping homeless man on the Snapchat app

A drunk thug who threatened to ‘shank’ a homeless man because he refused to pose sucking a lollipop ‘for Snapchat’ is facing jail.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
The suspect thrusts a knife through a window into the driver's face (Picture: Met Police)

CCTV of the shocking moment a bus driver was stabbed in the eye with a Stanley knife through a window in Penge has been released by police.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Who doesn't like a good game of pass the parcel?

Any attempt to make boring commutes across London more fun is to be admired - and when it involves a game of pass the parcel then that’s even better.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

A man who was dubbed a ‘hot criminal’ has won a modelling contract.

Read more

A girl is more responsible for rape than a boy, says the jailed rapist.

Read more

It appears we haven’t yet had the definitive story of the Apple co-founder.

Read more

Promoted content

A look at one of our previous Design Fairs

Chelsea Old Town Hall will be the venue for the renowned Desire Fair from 6-8 March 2015. This stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK is an event not to be missed.

(Not guaranteed)

Mothers Day is fast approaching, so we’ve rounded up some unusual and beautiful gifts for you to dazzle the most important woman in your life come March 15th.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

A man who was dubbed a ‘hot criminal’ has won a modelling contract.

Andrew Mitchell’s wallet is £80,000 lighter today, and his political reputation is in tatters.

His girlfriend has been charged with intending to pervert the course of justice.

Quirky London