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Marylebone Christmas Lights

  • A magical line up of school choirs and muscial acts such as McGoozer, Gemma Louise Doyle and the Haywood Sisters culminated in none other than an appearance on the stage by Dame Barbara Windsor: long time Marylebone resident and national treasure.

    “We don’t do hundreds of things here, but we do them properly,” Laurent smiled, from behind a pile of fresh crepes and a steaming vat of mulled wine. He was talking about his business, Le Vieux Comptoir, and its delectable food and drink offering—but he could equally have been talking about the Marylebone Christmas Lights event on 15th November, of which his stall was a part. Now in its 15th year, this annual event, organised by The Howard de Walden Estate, is rivalled only by the Marylebone Summer Fayre for its exuberance, its organisation, and its popularity among those who live or work here: from the food stalls to the breath-taking talent on stage.

    This year was no exception. With all money raised going to School Home Support, a fine charity working to assist children whose difficult home lives compromise their school attainment, Marylebone’s merrymakers proved as generous as they were jubilant. “This is our first time, and it has been going great—everyone has been really generous,” said Callum, the smiling chap who was manning the School Home Support stall.

    A magical line up of school choirs and musical acts such as McGoozer, Gemma Louise Doyle and the Haywood Sisters culminated in none other than an appearance on the stage by Dame Barbara Windsor: long time Marylebone resident and national treasure. “I’ve lived here 25 years, and this is the first time I’ve been asked,” she teased. “I can only assume it’s because this year I have been a very good girl.” With a characteristic cackle she reached up to switch the switch—all four feet and 10 inches of her—and the lights blazed on, complete with flames, sparklers, and cheers from the crowd. We don’t do hundreds of events in Marylebone – but what we do, we do very well indeed. Merry Christmas!

     

A magical line up of school choirs and muscial acts such as McGoozer, Gemma Louise Doyle and the Haywood Sisters culminated in none other than an appearance on the stage by Dame Barbara Windsor: long time Marylebone resident and national treasure.

“We don’t do hundreds of things here, but we do them properly,” Laurent smiled, from behind a pile of fresh crepes and a steaming vat of mulled wine. He was talking about his business, Le Vieux Comptoir, and its delectable food and drink offering—but he could equally have been talking about the Marylebone Christmas Lights event on 15th November, of which his stall was a part. Now in its 15th year, this annual event, organised by The Howard de Walden Estate, is rivalled only by the Marylebone Summer Fayre for its exuberance, its organisation, and its popularity among those who live or work here: from the food stalls to the breath-taking talent on stage.

This year was no exception. With all money raised going to School Home Support, a fine charity working to assist children whose difficult home lives compromise their school attainment, Marylebone’s merrymakers proved as generous as they were jubilant. “This is our first time, and it has been going great—everyone has been really generous,” said Callum, the smiling chap who was manning the School Home Support stall.

A magical line up of school choirs and musical acts such as McGoozer, Gemma Louise Doyle and the Haywood Sisters culminated in none other than an appearance on the stage by Dame Barbara Windsor: long time Marylebone resident and national treasure. “I’ve lived here 25 years, and this is the first time I’ve been asked,” she teased. “I can only assume it’s because this year I have been a very good girl.” With a characteristic cackle she reached up to switch the switch—all four feet and 10 inches of her—and the lights blazed on, complete with flames, sparklers, and cheers from the crowd. We don’t do hundreds of events in Marylebone – but what we do, we do very well indeed. Merry Christmas!