There will be food stalls, gift stalls, street theatre with colourful Christmas characters, stage entertainment and carols. A Cricklewood choir of residents will debut on the day and fun lasts from 1pm to 6pm at the Green Isle, outside B&Q.
Barnet Council has funded the Christmas illuminations on Cricklewood Lane whilst the WinterFest, an activity of the Cricklewood Connecting People and Places Project is funded by the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund. The Cricklewood Winterfest is supported by the Mayor’s Outer London Fund, which is helping increase the vibrancy and growth of high street places across London.
World-renowned industrial designers and makers Haberdashery London are currently prototyping the design and manufacture of bespoke festive lights, that will be not only 100% unique to Cricklewood, but also will reduce energy consumption, maintenance costs and will integrate into the fabric and spirit of the Cricklewood community.
Christmas 2012 will see the premiere of two prototype lights, along Cricklewood Lane, as part of the Christmas Winterfest event. This event will trial the prototype lights to give the community a chance to feedback on the design before all the new lights are put into production for Christmas 2013!
- usher in Christmas to Cricklewood
- animate the town centre
- attract more footfall to Cricklewood town centre
- support local business
- encourage community participation
- engender pride of place.
Boris Johnson, The Mayor of London, said: “I would like to see people spending their hard earned money in local high streets this Christmas, getting in the festive spirit whilst supporting neighbourhood businesses to thrive. Events like Winterfest in Cricklewood are a great way to entice customers to the area and bring the community together. We need vibrant, bustling high streets and kickstarting activity in areas like Cricklewood is what my Outer London Fund is doing across the capital.
Leader of Barnet Council, Councillor Richard Cornelius, said: “Christmas is a great opportunity for people to visit their local high street and see what is on offer. It is important we look at innovative waysto support town centres in the current economic climate and the festival promises to be a fun and colourful way to ring in the season.”
Danny Maher, Chair of Cricklewood Improvement Programme said, “People don’t have to go into central London or out of town shopping centres to get into the Christmas spirit. Enjoy a fun, festive afternoon in Cricklewood and support local businesses at the same time”.