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The lights go on in Poplar for ‘Chrisp-mas’ in Chrisp Street

PUBLISHED: 12:13 06 December 2018 | UPDATED: 17:39 06 December 2018

The kids are going round in circles enjoying a Chrisp Street Christmas when the festive lights are switched on. Picture: Rehan Jamil

The kids are going round in circles enjoying a Chrisp Street Christmas when the festive lights are switched on. Picture: Rehan Jamil

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Magic lights in Poplar have turned Chrisp Street Market into a children’s Christmas winter wonderland.

Poplar and Limehouse MP Jim Fitzpatrick throws the switch to light up Christmas at Chrisp Street. Picture: Rehan JamilPoplar and Limehouse MP Jim Fitzpatrick throws the switch to light up Christmas at Chrisp Street. Picture: Rehan Jamil

Poplar’s MP Jim Fitzpatrick threw the big switch to light up this year’s Christmas tree and market square illuminations.

It sparked the start to this year’s festive season when the big tree lit up as children cheered and sang carols in the square.

The famous Lansbury clocktower built for the 1951 Festival of Britain, now with its ‘listed’ status, was also lit up for Yuletide.

Never mind the winter cold... it's Christmas! A smiling youngster tucks into a hot chocolate. Picture: Rehan JamilNever mind the winter cold... it's Christmas! A smiling youngster tucks into a hot chocolate. Picture: Rehan Jamil

Shoppers got into the spirit at a craft market picking up handmade presents such as cards, cushions and textiles.

Christmas carols by schoolchildren from five Poplar primary schools kicked off the entertainment.

Proud mums and dads watched as the school choirs from Manorfield, Bygrove, Lansbury Lawrence and Mayflower rang out festive tunes.

Schoolchildren from Poplar's Manorfield Primary sing their hearts out with carols at Chrisp Street Market. Picture: Rehan JamilSchoolchildren from Poplar's Manorfield Primary sing their hearts out with carols at Chrisp Street Market. Picture: Rehan Jamil

They were followed by Poplar Singers community choir with Christmas classics including Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree and of course Jingle Bells, then teenagers from the Spotlight centre with their own original songs and raps.

There was dancing in the market square to music from Palace Avenue Swing band with up-beat Swing numbers.

Families also took magical memories home with them with photos taken in a giant snow globe.

The snow globe is fun at Chrisp Street Market. Picture: Rehan JamilThe snow globe is fun at Chrisp Street Market. Picture: Rehan Jamil

A winter wonderland ice rink was handy for Santa’s sleigh when it drew up for this year’s ‘Chrisp-mas’ at Chrisp Street, organised by Poplar Harca housing organisation.

Santa always sets up his grotto in their offices in East India Dock Road to make children’s Christmas wish list come true.

He was busy this year with a queued of 500 children eager to pick up early presents.

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