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Columbia Road Christmas Wednesdays


Time Out says

The road famous for its flower market is swapping blooms for firs as its independent shops stay open until 8pm for these annual Christmas evenings. Every Wednesday in the lead-up to Christmas you can beat the usual Sunday crowds, pick up unique stocking fillers and grab fragrant greenery. Look out for the local vicar wheeling a piano down the street to accompany the carol singers and dancing pearly queens. 

What time do Columbia Road carols start?

Usually, Christmas carols fill the air from from 7-8pm, with everyone joining in a session led by the vicar of St Peter's Church Bethnal Green. But unfortunately, the carol seshes have been cancelled for the remainder of 2023, after becoming a victim of their own success. A whopping 7000 people came to the first carol evening in December, causing dangerous levels of overcrowding. 

Recommended: Get your carolling fix at these London carol services and singalongs instead


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