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‘Chrisp-mas’ joy as children belt out carols at Poplar’s Chrisp Street Market tonight

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 November 2015 | UPDATED: 14:50 27 November 2015

Jumping for joy... children ready for Christmas lights switch-on at Chrisp Street Market [photo: Rehan Jamil]

Jumping for joy... children ready for Christmas lights switch-on at Chrisp Street Market [photo: Rehan Jamil]

© Rehan Jamil

Children from primary schools sing along tonight when the Christmas festive lights are switched on in London’s East End.

A joint choir of youngsters belt out the carols Poplar’s Chrisp Street Market from 3.30pm for the afternoon, leading up to Poplar & Limehouse MP Jim Fitzpatrick throwing the switch at 5.15pm.

Festivities laid on by the local Poplar Harca housing association opens with the youngsters from Lansbury Lawrence, Manorfield, St Saviours, Bygrove and Mayflower primary schools in Market Square, off East India Dock Road.

Also performing are the Old Dirty Brasstards brass band to get the crowd rocking and Embrace dance group getting them jigging.

Hot-dogs, mulled wine and hot chocolate are being served with a Snow Globe ‘Selfie station’ for festive photos—but really hungry folk can tuck into a mince pie eating contest.

Festivities continue in Chrisp Street on December 5 with a Saturday ‘Chrisp-mas’ market.

The market’s first-ever ‘Makers Exchange’ pops up in time for Christmas, selling stuff “crafted by locals with love” on stalls outside the Post Office.

Santa visits Chrisp Street on December 12 with his forest grotto where children can claim their gifts.

Activity stalls, a face-painter and the Idea Store storytelling area keeps them entertained throughout the day.

Spitalfields Nativity City Farm is also bringing its festive urban petting zoo to Chrisp Street that day, from 11am to 5pm, giving children a chance to pet donkeys and sheep.

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